“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way”. (Psalms 27:23)
John Ronald Jackson (Ronnie) son of the late John Henry Jackson and Annie Mae Little Jackson was born on June 30, 1943 and departed this life on October 5, 2021 at UNC Southeastern in Lumberton, North Carolina.
'Ronnie'' as he was called graduated from Rosenwald High School in 1962. He attended North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. He enlisted in the military and served two years in Vietnam.
After his return from Vietnam he moved to Baltimore, MD. where he married his childhood sweetheart Gaynell Gaddy. To this union two sons were born. They lived in Baltimore for eight years. While in Baltimore he was employed with the US Postal Service and the Baltimore City Fire Department. In 1974 they moved back to Fairmont where he became Chief of the Town of Fairmont Fire Department. While he served as Chief of the Fire Department, he also served as Code Enforcement Officer.
Ronnie was a 50+ year member of First Baptist Church where he served in various capacities. He was Chairman of the Trustee Committee, Chairman of the Personnel Committee, member of the Eureka Sunday School Bible class member of the Cemetery Committee and sang on the Male Chorus. Ronnie was a GREAT man of Integrity, Wisdom and most of all Love. He had a major impact on many young boys who are now productive men. Ronnie received many awards and recognitions too numberous to name during his life time of service to the community and county.
Ronnie leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 55 years, Gaynell Gaddy Jackson of the home; 2 sons-Ronald (Glenda) Jackson and Brian Jackson (Candce) both of Fairmont; 7 grandchildren-Geremy, Ian, Dylan, Alliyah, Alayjah , Alainah and Laylon; 1 great granddaughter-Ariah, all of Fairmont; 1 sister-Roberta Bullard of New Haven, Connecticut; 2 brothers in law; Clyde (Elouise) Gaddy and James F. Hill both of Fairmont; 1 sister in law-Clara Barr Gaddy of Fairmont; 2 Godsons-Percy (Kecha) Hill III; Rayford ( Sharon) McEachern, and a host of nieces and nephews, Tommy Hall a special friend and many other relatives and friends.
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