Sallie Elois Jackson
Sallie Elois Jackson was better known as "Dear" to her family and close acquaintances. Some would say that Dear lived life her way. This might explain why she wrote her obituary specifically as she wanted her life stated.
Dear's final message:
Sallie Easterling discovered Mississippi on November 29, 1919. She departed this earth on July 5, 2014. She always said, "She got her hat and walked slowly down the lighted lane." Elois was born in Mount Olive, Mississippi in Covington County and was the daughter of Ezra Easterling and Mamie McNair Easterling. She remembered being baptized at the age of three years old and joined the Mount Olive CME church when she was seven years old. Later as a teenager, she was president of the Epworth League. Dear attended school in the area and finished college at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi where she earned a bachelor and master degrees in Elementary Education.
Dear married E. Everette Jackson in November, 1948. Together they raised six boys, Chris, Ezra, Alfrado, Andrew, and her nephews, Jerry and Nathaniel Easterling, along with a host of foster children.
In 1988, Dear retired from teaching in the public school system for forty years. Twenty of these years were in Mississippi and twenty were in Endicott, N.Y. While in Endicott, Dear was a member of Central UMC where she sang in the Chancellor choir and participated in many church ministries. Upon retirement, she and Everette moved to Houston and began serving in ministry at Park Place UMC. She served in leadership roles in AARP Chapter 4341, her local garden club, the Pacesetters Singers of First Methodist Church Downtown, and Beta, Delta, Theta sorority.
Dear was preceded in death by her husband, E. Everette; brothers, William Easterling, Oliver Easterling, and LeVern Easterling. She is survived by sons, Chrisalorus and Shirley Jackson of Houston, TX, Ezra and Melvia Jackson of Hattiesburg, MS, Alfrado and Dorothy Jackson of Memphis, TN, Andrew and Carolyn Jackson of Houston, TX; nephews, Jerry Easterling of Bowie, MD, and Nathaniel Easterling of Endicott, N.Y.; grandchildren, Zul-Tan, Ben-Toi, Chrisalorus II, Ezra II, Detrict, Alfrado II, Carlos, Alicia, DeMarco, and Andrea; thirty great grandchildren, 10 great, great grandchildren, a host of other relatives, and her very special long time live-in caregiver, Mary Haynes.
"I've done my work in song. I've done some good, and I've done some wrong. I'll go where I belong. The Lord has called, so He knows my heart and He knows my joy and pain. By His love I have been taught the way to know Him."
The funeral service will be at 3:00 pm, Saturday, July 19th, at Mount Pleasant CME Church in Mount Olive, Mississippi, with burial following.
Niday Funeral Home
12440 Beamer Rd Houston, TX 77089
Published in the Hattiesburg American on July 13, 2014