Elijah Raymond Jackson
Salisbury—Elijah Raymond Jackson, also known as "Ray Jackson" departed this earthly life to be with the Lord on Friday, January 4, 2013. He was one of four children born to Elonies Jackson and Alice Clark Jackson. Elijah was born in Quantico, Maryland on April 27, 1946 at the home of his grandparents, Raymond and Elizabeth Clark. He was educated in the New Castle County School System. He was employed with Blind Industries of Salisbury for fifteen years. Prior to then, he worked at Solo Cup and Imperial Bondware.
Ray, he was affectionately known, grew to become very active during his lifetime. He enjoyed his job as a long distance truck driver. He also drove buses and taxies. He lived and worked in Newark, NJ where he met and married his late wife, Mary Thomas in August 1987. They later moved to Salisbury where they shared many happy years together. He joined Weeping Mary Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board. After the death of his wife, he was affiliated with the First Baptist Church in Salisbury and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mardela Springs. He finally found his loving church family at Unity Christian Fellowship, with Elder Clarence and Joyce Polk as his spiritual leaders and friends. There he was ordained a Deacon and also sung in the men's choir, Heavens Seven.
He was very active in the community and well loved by friends and families in the complex where he lived for twenty three years. He volunteered at the Holly Community Center where he played "Bubbles the Clown" for the residents and served on the "Teddy Bear" project at the center each year. Ray also served as a board member of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore. He was President of the Delmarva Chapter of the federation in Salisbury and worked with the Cambridge Industry for the Visually Impaired in Cambridge, Maryland.
He is survived by three siblings: Elonies "LJ" Jackson, Jr., Columbia, SC, Janet L. Garrison, Salisbury, MD, and Geneva E. Barkley, Wilmington, DE; a favorite nephew and great nephew, Michael A. Jackson and his son, Keith A. Jackson, who became caregivers along with his sister, Janet during his illness. Special nieces and nephews: Ericka (Anthony) Roundtree, Bear, DE, Erin Myatt, Ebony Myatt and Charles Barkley, Jr. all of Wilmington, DE; a host of other nieces and nephews in Columbia, SC along with great nieces, nephews and cousins. Two surviving aunts: Helen Jefress, Salisbury, MD, Leila Romeo, Wilmington, DE. Three surviving uncles:John Clark, Salisbury, MD, Dewey Lee Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA and Lafeyette Jackson, Brooklyn, NY and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ray will be missed by many, but he was loved by all. His spirit will always be remembered as happy, joyful, and loving by those he touched in his lifetime.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Quantico with a visitation one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are in the care of Stewart Funeral Home by Holloway and Downey P.A., 821 West Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801. Visit www.thestewartfuneralhome.com
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