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Jacqueline (Jackie) Lineberry Thomas Marshall, 83, died peacefully Tuesday, September 26, 2017, after a sudden illness. Born in her home in Raleigh, NC, Jackie was the eighth of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death. Jackie's survivors include daughter Dixie; son Rex Thomas; daughter June Thomas (Wade) Dale; daughter Amy Thomas (John) Suratt; former husband and father of her children Eugene (Gene) Thomas; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After settling in Decatur, she was asked to work for her church, Oakhurst Baptist, for three days. This turned into an approximate 25-year career as the promotional secretary there.

Her work at the church transitioned into starting her own typesetting business, Just My Type, in Decatur, GA, in a time when women-owned businesses were not commonplace. Jackie did what she wanted to do, the way she wanted to do it.

For the 30+ years at Just My Type, it was a common occurrence for Jackie to put on a spread for lunch. Some people had to come in shifts, in order for everyone to have room at the table. The crowd favorite was a pot of soup, cornbread in a cast iron skillet, and lemon meringue pie & chocolate pie!

For over 25 years, Jackie volunteered at Georgia Radio Reading Service, reading for the blind and visually impaired. In addition to her regular show, It's a Woman's World, she also read the newspaper live, when needed, and was instrumental in procuring a $150,000 grant for the organization. When she retired, she received a fantastic tribute from the station, fellow volunteers, and listeners.

Jackie was an avid cook, photographer, hostess, and collector of new friends. She loved travel, surrounded herself with an eclectic collection of music and people, and was very active in all of her pursuits. She even had a brown belt in judo! Most importantly, she had a smile and a hug for just about everybody.

After moving to Marietta in 1976, Jackie became active in the American Business Women's Association, eventually being named ABWA Woman of the Year. She was also very active in the Decatur Business Association.

Retiring to Cleveland, GA, in 2003, she became involved with the White County Historical Society and found a new church home at Center Baptist Church. She loved her new church, and the many friends she made.

A memorial service will be held at Center Baptist Church in Helen, GA on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to her friend, companion, and loving caregiver, Janie Wilkes, c/o June Dale, 715 Herbert Segars Rd, Gillsville, GA 30543.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 22, 2017
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