Theodore JACKSON

News Death Notice

JACKSON, Theodore 87, of Yellow Springs, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Friends Community Care. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio to Thompson and Mildred Alexander Jackson. He graduated from Mansfield High School and lived briefly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before entering the Army. He served during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. After World War II ended Mr. Jackson returned to civilian life and began his civilian career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he received several awards and commendations before retiring in 1981. Following his retirement from WPAFB, he was employed as a counselor with Greene County Golden Age. As a community activist Ted served on the Community Nursery School Board for several years as Treasurer, The Yellow Springs Planning Commission, and as a Charter Member of the James A. McKee Association. He was a life member of the American Legion John Roan Post 517, and a life member of the NAACP. Ted was also a volunteer and strong supporter of The Afro American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, OH. Known affectionately as 'T.J. the D.J.' music was a central part of his life. In the military he played alto saxophone in the company band providing entertainment for officers and servicemen and women. As a faithful member of Central Chapel A.M.E. church he was a mainstay in the tenor section, and continued singing and humming even as his health declined. In addition to singing in the choir Mr. Jackson served in Central Chapel as a trustee, chairman of the fund-raising committee, treasurer, steward, and President of the male chorus. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Phyllis Lawson Jackson; one son Kevin (Jacquise) Jackson of Dayton, Ohio; one daughter, Kimberly Jackson, of Oak Park, Illinois; one brother Paul (Cherry) Jackson, of Saratoga, California; two grandchildren, Derick and Jason Jackson; one great grandchild, Kingston Jackson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Clarence and James; and sisters, Lucille, Cora, and Elizabeth. Service for Theodore Jackson will be held on Saturday January 12, 2013 at Central Chapel A.M.E. Church 411 S. High Street Yellow Springs, Ohio Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. with family present at 12 noon until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Timothy Liggins officiating and Dr. John E. Freeman Eulogist. Interment will follow in The Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Porter-Qualls-Dunlap Funeral Home, Springfield, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the James A. McKee Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 263, Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Published in Dayton Daily News on Jan. 11, 2013