Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Jessie Louise Jackson Poe, 84, of Jefferson, who passed on to her reward on Friday, March 29, 2013.
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Louise was the tenth and last child of the late Anner and Jesse Jackson, born on July 18, 1928, in the Thyatira Community of Jackson County. The Jackson family later moved to the Apple Valley Community.
As a young lady during World War II, Louise read a news article in the Jackson Herald asking citizens to write to our fighting men overseas. Men's names and APO addresses were included. She knew several of those listed, but decided to write to Woodrow Poe, of the Brockton Community, so she asked her daddy if she could. Grandpa Jesse knew the Poe family and gave his approval.
Louise and Woodrow started their correspondence in 1943. Over the next two years, many letters were passed between Apple Valley and the islands of the south Pacific, and romance was started. In September of 1945, after the war was over, Woodrow came home to Jackson County. He and Louise began courting in person then. They were married on November 24, 1945, at the Jackson County Courthouse by Ordinary L.B. Moon. Two of Woodrow's brothers and their fiancées were also wed that same week. The brothers had also been away at war.
In 1947, Louise and Woodrow purchased a farm close to Woodrow's family home in the Brockton Community, near Jefferson. They made a home there for the remainder of their lives. They had a full and rich life together, which included the blessing of four loving children. There were never two people happier than they were, working and raising a family together for over 48 years. Woodrow passed away in February of 1994, leaving a great void in Louise's life and lives of all who knew him.
Memories of Woodrow and love for her family sustained Louise for the remainder of her life. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew that a welcome smile, hugs, and a cookie were always abundant in a visit to Nanny Poe's house.
Louise and Woodrow were dedicated Christians and were active members of the Bethany United Methodist Church, in the Brockton Community. Due to disabilities, Louise was not able to attend church services in her later years. Before Woodrow's death, the couple was also active in the VFW Post 2872, in Athens.
Louise was predeceased by her parents, her husband, eight sisters and brothers, and a grandson, Justin Poe.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth J. Stancil, of Jefferson, and her four children (listed in order of birth): Carolyn Poe (Donald) Jones, of Jefferson, Marvin (Denise) Poe, of Monroe, Raymond (Debbie) Poe, of Valdosta, and Kenny (Andrea) Poe, of Jefferson. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Evans Funeral Home.
Louise's homecoming celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Bethany United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Johnny Ray and Billy Poe officiating. Louise will be laid to rest with Woodrow and Justin at Jackson Memorial Gardens, in Commerce, a short distance from her childhood home,
The family is appreciative of any floral gifts in Louise's memory, and also would be grateful for any donations in her memory to the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com.
Evans Funeral Home Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 30, 2013