Sara Jackson

CLOVER, S.C. - Sara Love Jackson, 86, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2012, at Agape Hospice in Rock Hill, S.C., surrounded by family and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, Clover, S.C.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at M. L. Ford & Sons.

Interment will be in Woodside Cemetery.

A native of Clover, South Carolina, Miss Jackson was the youngest daughter of John Andrew Jackson and Mattie Belle Love Jackson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, William Knox Jackson, sister Elizabeth Jackson Lee, and her brother-in-law, Ralph Kenneth Lee.

Miss Jackson was born December 9, 1925, and graduated from the Clover School in 1942. One month after her seventeenth birthday she went to work at the old Bank of Clover, where she worked in the bookkeeping and installment loan departments, as well as serving as a teller for many years. In January 1971, she was named assistant cashier and operations office at the York branch of what was then Southern Bank and Trust. She continued working in York with Southern Bank's successor corporations and retired from Wachovia in York as a Vice President for loans.

A life-long member of the Clover Presbyterian Church, Miss Jackson assisted for over 25 years with a monthly Sunday School class at the White Oak Nursing Home in York.

Helping others was Miss Jackson's greatest joy.

In recognition of her many contributions to making Clover a better place to live Miss Jackson was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the York County Family and Community Leaders. She also served as a member of the Clover Town Council from 1991 to 1993.

In July 1990, Miss Jackson and the late Sue Kirsh organized a "Mystery Trip" for members of the Clover Home Extension Club.
The success of this trip led them to found "S&S Travel Service," a tour group for area senior citizens and others that for more than 15 years carried people all over the United States and to Ireland and Scotland.
Surviving are two nieces, Judith Lee Smith (James) of Vienna, VA, and Jennifer Hall of Tyler, TX, nephew Ralph "Bud" Lee (Winnie) of New Iberia, LA and adopted nieces Rebecca Belk and Courtney Jones . She is also survived by numerous Love and Jackson cousins in York County and beyond. She leaves behind a wide circle of special friends including her Circle, Home Extension Club, Bridge Club, Red Hat Society and her birthday group.

Miss Jackson's last years were immeasurably enriched by the loving care and friendship she received from her wonderful Home Instead caregivers. Each one of these special women made a unique contribution that brightened and expanded her life. The family would also like to thank the caring staff at Agape Senior Assisted Living and Agape Hospice for their support to Miss Jackson. `

Memorials to Miss Jackson may be made to The Crossnore School, 100 DAR Drive, POB 249, Crossnore, NC 28616 (www. CrossnoreSchool.org), the Humane Society of York County, 8177 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill SC 29715 (www.HumaneSocietyofYorkCounty.org) or the Epworth Children's Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205 (www.epworthchildrenshome.org).

Online condolences may be made to www.mlfordsons.com.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, SC is serving the family of Miss Jackson.

Funeral Home

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home
209 North Main Street Clover, SC 29710
(803) 222-9001

Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 16, 2012