Donald E. Jackson passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the age of 89 at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus in Asheville, NC. Donald was born in Old Fort, NC on September 7, 1930 to the late Ed Jackson and Effie Walker Jackson. After graduating high school, Donald joined the United States Army and served in the Army Reserves for more than 6 years. He attended the men’s Sunday School class at Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a Past Master of the Old Fort Joppa Lodge #401. He worked at Old Fort Finishing for 35 years, starting in the finishing department and when he retired, he was working in maintenance. Donald was a farmer all his life and was a hard worker. He enjoyed being outdoors, always had a sharp mind and could remember almost anything. Donald was a friendly, personal man who could spark a conversation with anyone he met. He loved his grandchildren most of all. He is preceded in death by his wife Beulah New Jackson.
Left to cherish Donald’s memory are Charles E. Jackson, son, and wife Kelly of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Emilie J. Gaddy, daughter, and husband Darryl of Old Fort, N. C., Melinda L. Jackson, daughter, and husband Paul Wensley of University Place, WA; four grandchildren: Zach Gaddy and wife Jessica, Corey Jackson and wife Emily, Michelle G. Thompson and husband Josh, and Christa J. Shirley and husband Jason; and five great grandchildren, Julia, Mia, Micah, Liam and Lena Kate.
A graveside service is scheduled for Monday, September 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at Salem Methodist Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lewis officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army. Masonic graveside rites provided by Joppa Lodge #401.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Masonic and Eastern Star Home or the Masonic Home for Children at 2921 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC, 27608.
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