Deacon Lee Earnest Jackson, Sr., affectionately known as “Bae” Jackson, was born December 5, 1922 in Lowndes County, Alabama. He was the youngest of five children born to the late James and Laura Carnes Jackson. He passed away peacefully on June 9, 2015 at 9:58 am at the Jackson-Noland Hospital in Montgomery, AL.
Lee was raised in Lowndes County where his family taught him hard work and responsibility. They instilled in him family values, love of God, and service to others. His parents were pioneer farmers and they shared their knowledge of farming with him. Lee met his wife, the former Daisy Julia Brown, and they were married in 1953. To this union, they gave birth to their only son, Lee Earnest “Butch” Jackson, Jr. In later years, Lee shared his knowledge of farming with his son, Lee Jr. One of Lee’s proudest moments was when his son, Lee Jr., a black farmer, grew Pacific White salt-water shrimp on his farm in Lowndes County over 200 miles away from the nearest ocean.
Lee joined Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully served until his health failed. He worked diligently in many capacities: Chairman of the Deacon Board, Assistant to the Pastor, Sunday School Student, Church Building Committee, Convention Delegate, and other areas as needed. Lee loved his church and was a valiant man of God. He believed that to serve God is to serve others and service is the greatest form of charity. While serving others, he offered words of wisdom and knowledge to steer them in the right direction. In Lee’s travels he helped many people to obtain homes, jobs, and better education. His favorite scripture was “Let not your heart be troubled…” John 14:1.
Lee was educated in the Lowndes County public school system. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture from Alabama A & M University and his Master of Science degree in AgriBusiness from Tuskegee Institute, currently known as Tuskegee University. His first job as an educator was as principal of Burkeville Junior High School. However, after one year as principal he realized his desire was to teach, which would allow him to become more hands-on with the students. As a teacher, Lee shared his passion of Vocational Agriculture and Horticulture in the classroom for over 40 years in the Lowndes County Public School System. He was dedicated to his students, who were mostly boys and a few girls, teaching them life skills, welding, brick masonry, typing, carpentry, electrical training and small machine repair. Lee’s students raised and showed prized livestock, i.e. bulls and horses. He loved taking his students to Future Farmers of America competitions along with other educational field trips. His passion for teaching allowed him to touch the lives of countless families, making available many opportunities for the Gordonville community.
Lee was civic-minded and collaborated with others to initiate and develop the first rural water systems in Gordonville (Crosby Water System) and in Mosses (Mosses Water System). He also was instrumental in securing both telephone and electrical services.
He was most proud of these accomplishments because they provided great benefits to the community. Lee was involved in the founding of several non-profit organizations, specifically Gordonville Community Development Corp, which is an organization that sponsored town festivals, food distributions and economic community development initiatives.
Lee earned the respect of many of his colleagues and neighbors. He was a very active member of the Retired Teachers Association where he served as the second President until his health failed. He was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, and during this time he became friends with many leaders of the Movement, i.e. Bob Mants, John Jackson, John Huelett, Sarah Lou Logan and many others.
In addition to his parents, Lee was preceded in death by brothers, Willie Carnes Jackson and Molton “Pap” Jackson; sisters, Parzenia Jackson Barlow and Lillie Jackson McCall; father-in-law, Tom Brown; mother-in-law, Clara Brown; sisters-in-law, Deloris Brown, Effie Brown Reese, and Mary Brown; and brother-in-law, Norman Brown.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved and devoted wife of 63 years, Daisy Julia Brown Jackson; his loving and devoted son, Lee E. “Butch” Jackson, Jr.; grandson, Joleon Pettway of Seattle, WA; God sons, Willie Warren Steele and Reginald (Lou Ethel) Carnes of Montgomery, AL; brothers-in-law, James (Maggie) Brown of Montgomery, AL, Willie Brown of Huntsville, AL, John Brown of Oceanside, CA; sister-in-law, Octavia (Sam) Brown Seaborn of Birmingham, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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