Funeral services for Johnny Charles Jackson of Kilgore will be held Saturday, November 10, at noon at the Harmony Pirtle Baptist Church, 12209 Highway 259 North, Overton. Burial will follow in the Pirtle Cemetery, Overton, under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home.
Johnny Charles Jackson was born in Smith County to Willie Harden and Lena Viola Jackson on March 19, 1937. He departed this life on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Johnny confessed his life to Christ and was baptized at Sunshine Baptist Church in Overton at an early age. He later joined Harmony Pirtle Baptist Church in Overton under the leadership of Rev. Carlos Whitaker. Johnny was an active deacon and participant with the Men of Harmony where he served as Vice President. He also worked with the youth of Harmony Pirtle as a tutor for students attending public school. Johnny attended church, Bible Study and Sunday School on a regular basis and faithfully served in different capacities until his demise.
Johnny attended elementary school and graduated from high school in the Jackson Heights community of Smith County. After high school, he attended Prairie View A&M University and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Johnny also received his Master of Education Degree from Prairie View A&M University and furthered his educational studies at the University of Texas at Tyler.
Johnny began his career as a teacher in Gilmer at the Bruce High School where he taught mathematics for grades 9th - 12th. After integration, he taught at the Gilmer High School in the same position. During the summer months, Johnny taught students who were enrolled in the Advanced Summer Enrichment Program (ASEP) at Jarvis Christian College. ASEP was a program designed to assist incoming first year students to transition from high school to college. He worked in the Gilmer Independent School District for 32 years and retired from the district in the late ‘80s.
On December 5, 1964, Johnny Charles Jackson united in holy matrimony with Peggy Jane Redic and they were married for 53 years. To this union, no children were born.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lone Starr and Viola Jackson, and parents, Willie Harden and Leon and Lena Greer.
Johnny Charles Jackson leaves to celebrate his unselfish love and life: his wife, Peggy J. Jackson, Kilgore; his brother, Danny Greer, Tyler; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.