Born 7-06-1913 -- Died 5-18-2005
Ralph Jackson, son of the late Jeff Jackson and Catherine Billingsley Jackson, was born July 6, 1913, in Myron, Ark.
He departed this life on May 18, 2005, in Batesville, at the age of 91 years.
In 1938, he was united in marriage to Lorene Ferguson. To this union two sons were born.
During his working years he was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
He was also an accountant with Cooper Communities at Cherokee Village. In 1965, a promotion led him to move his family to Bella Vista where he worked in the Cooper Communities Central office.
After his retirement, he returned to Myron to raise cattle with sons. He became a Christian early in life. He was a dedicated student of the Bible. He was a song leader, teacher and deacon. He loved music and singing. In earlier years, he sang with several gospel quartets. He was an active and dedicated member of Myon Baptist Church at the time of his death.
Ralph leaves to mourn his passing: two sons -- Leland and his wife, Connie Jackson, and Larry Jackson all of Myron; two grandsons -- Jeff and Josh Jackson both of Myron; one step-grandson -- Wayne Dockins and his wife, Sonya of Melbourne; one very special step great-grandson, Zachary Dockins of Melbourne; one sister, Flora Gilbreath of Washington; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by her parents; his wife, Lorene Jackson; four brothers -- John, Alva, Lemuel and Randall Jackson; three sisters -- Elzora Biggers, Lillian Foreman and Clarice Campell.
The funeral service was May 20 at Myron Baptist Church. Burial followed at Viola Hill Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Jackie Ferguson, Don Hastings, Don Helm, Rodney Hall, Buck Stroud and Kendall Stroud.Honorary pallbearers were Bill Orr, Gerald Jackson, Harold Jackson, Kennard Billingsley, David T. Jennings, Edward Bates and James Gaston.