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Mertha Lockett Jackson

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Mertha Lockett Jackson

Clarksdale, MS

Mertha Lockett Jackson was born to James and Carrie Lockett on July 21, 1931, in Florence, MS. She was called to rest on June 9, 2017.

Mertha joined New Hope Baptist Church in Florence, MS, at an early age. After moving to Clarksdale, MS, she joined Mount Moriah C.M.E. Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, stewardess, missionary, choir member, Bible class member, director of the Rossie T. Hollis society, and in several other capacities.

On December 22, 1956, Mertha married Louis Alexander Jackson of Louisville, MS. To this marriage four children were born, two daughters and two sons. Mertha was a devoted wife and mother.

Mertha completed her elementary education at New Hope Elementary School in Florence, MS; her high school education at McKinley High School in Chicago, IL; and her college education at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. Mertha received the Master of Science Degree and the Educational Specialist Degree at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.

Mertha's professional career included the positions of elementary teacher, elementary coordinator, elementary reading supervisor, and elementary principal in the Clarksdale Public School System in Clarksdale, MS. She also worked as elementary teacher and elementary principal in the Coahoma County School System in Friars Point and Roundaway, MS. She retired after 35 years of service in 1991. Mertha was a positive role model for young people, using her talents and abilities in the service of others.

During her lifetime, Mertha participated in many community, social, and professional activities. In college she was class valedictorian, Miss Jackson State College, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, campus sweetheart of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and was an active member in many campus organizations.

Mertha was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Louis Alexander Jackson, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Rose Jackson Flenorl (Richard) of Cordova, TN, and Jeanette Victoria Jackson of Cleveland, MS; two sons, Louis Alexander Jackson, Jr. (Catresa), and Gregory L. Jackson (Romona) of Memphis, TN; two granddaughters, Lillie Clarissa Flenorl of Cordova, TN, and Arina Victoria Jackson of Memphis, TN; and one grandson, Louis Alexander Jackson, III, of Memphis, TN. She also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dear friends.

Mertha touched, influenced, and inspired many people in many positive ways by her life, her words, and her deeds.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church at 803 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Clarksdale, MS. A wake will be held on Friday, June 16, from 5-7 p.m. at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. The family has requested that memorial gifts be made to Jackson State University, JSU Development Foundation, P.O. Box 17144, Jackson, MS 39217, or to Mt. Moriah C.M.E. Church, P.O. Box 1075, Clarksdale, MS 38614. Arrangements are entrusted to Century Funeral Home, 506 Ashton Avenue, Clarksdale, MS.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 15, 2017
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