Manford Durell Jackson

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Manford Durell Jackson 1921 - 2015
Mr. Manford Durell (Jack) Jackson, beloved Father and Grandfather, passed away on January 25, 2015.
Mr. Jackson was born in Sylacauga, Alabama on January 13, 1921, a son of the late Thurmond Cleveland Jackson and Flora Lee Sharbutt Jackson. He graduated from B.B. Comer Memorial High School and later attended Reynolds Business College. He made his home in Alexander City for more than 54 years and was a member of Comer Memorial Baptist Church.
Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jimmie Margaret Gay Jackson and a precious daughter, Jan Elizabeth Jackson Huddle. He was also predeceased by two brothers, T. C. Jackson and Donald V. Jackson, as well as two sisters, Virginia Jackson Cross and Juanita Jackson Argo.
Mr. Jackson was a veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theatre as a United States Marine, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Battalion - 7th Regiment. He achieved the field rank of Sergeant and was wounded at Guadalcanal.
As a member of the American Legion in Sylacauga, Alabama, where he served as adjutant for a time, he was instrumental in other veterans successfully applying for their benefits. Mr. Jackson helped develop Holiday Shores on Lake Martin and, working for the same company, later developed lake property in Texas.
Family and friends knew Mr. Jackson and his late wife, Jimmie, as a generous couple who shared an abiding love. They ministered to others, whether with a pot of homemade soup in time of sickness, with a hospital visit, or by providing a place to stay. Many times they helped friends and family work through paperwork and red tape to get benefits they were eligible to receive. Mr. Jackson and his wife considered it a civic duty to be informed and involved in local and state government. Mr. Jackson was an avid coin collector, an activity he shared with his children and grandchildren. Both he and his wife enjoyed exploring antique stores with their family. Mr. Jackson and his wife, Jimmie Margaret, loved Lake Martin and their place on the lake was for many years a favorite gathering place for their large family.
Surviving Mr. Jackson are his two daughters, Terry Jackson Jones (Mike) of Aiken, SC and Toni Jackson Ambrose (Eddie) of Opelika, AL, as well as his son, Manford D. (Mant) Jackson Jr. (June) of Alexander City. Alabama. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; Michael Jones, Erin Jones Bentley, Callie Jones Bell of Aiken, SC - Jessica Ambrose, Jennifer Ambrose of Opelika, Alabama and Joey Ambrose of Valley AL - Margaret Huddle of Smyrna, GA and Sarah Huddle Green of LaGrange, GA - Zachary Jackson of Alexander City, AL, Morgan Jackson and Lyndsey Jackson of Auburn, AL, and Jena Houlton and Jennifer Houlton of Alexander City AL. Mr. Jackson will also be missed by 23 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He was affectionately known to both his grandchildren and great- grandchildren as Grandaddy.
A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City, Alabama. Rev. Tim Harris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Sylacauga, AL. The pallbearers will be Michael A. Jones, Jr., Zachary Jackson, Morgan Jackson, Joey Ambrose, Eddie Bentley, and Patrick Ethington, and the honorary pallbearers will be Michael A. Jones, Sr., Joseph E. Ambrose, Jr., Tom Jackson, and Allan Bell. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may do so to Comer Memorial Baptist Church, 341 East Church Street, Alexander City, Alabama, 35010.
Thank you Daddy and Mother for the legacy of love you left us.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Jan. 27, 2015
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