Alexander Van Jackson, Sr. affectionately known as "Jack, Jackson, Alec, Daddy, and Grandaddy" was born to the late Ike and Christine Jackson in Gadsden, Alabama on September 8, 1954. He was previously wed to the late Aleathea Ann Huntley Jackson and to that union two beautiful children were born.
Alex (as everyone called him) accepted Christ as his personal Savior and Lord at a very early age in life. He united with the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the late Rev. W. S. Smith. He remained a faithful member until his death. On his death bed, he did confess his sins and was able to say the sinners prayer and ask God to forgive him in the presence of his sister Joyce Scott and niece Corrianuna Woods.
He joined the Army right out of high school in 1973. He served 8 years and upon his honorable discharge he came back home to Gadsden. While in the Army, he traveled and had the privilege of seeing the world. He went to Korea, California, Missouri, Paris, Germany and many many other places and his family was able to go as well.
Alexander worked for Baptist Memorial known as Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He was a wonderful dietitian and made many friends. He was hardly a stranger to anyone.
Alexander was called home on Sunday May 23, 2021 to be with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Christine Jackson; brothers, Jero and Alfred Jackson and sister, Susie Savage; nephews, Derrick Jackson, Chris Jackson, and Bam Sandridge; and his niece, Kim Jackson.
He was blessed with sixty-six wonderful, loving and heartfelt years of life. He leaves a lifetime of cherished, loving memories to his children, Soila Renee Jackson and Alexander Vann Jackson Jr., Gadsden, Alabama; three beautiful grand children, Anjalonta (James) Parker and Janekia Staten, Gadsden, Alabama and Teaontari Staten (TJ), Huntsville, Alabama; great grandchildren, JaTari and JaTariona Parker, Jacie Calloway, Jace Taylor, Gadsden, Alabama and Leilane Staten, Huntsville, Alabama; two sisters, Joyce Scott and Maria (Robert) Scott, Gadsden, Alabama; one brother, James Ike Jackson, Sir Berwyn, Philadelphia; sister in laws, Virginia Jackson, Belinda Huntley, Robbin (Tim) Kirby, Gadsden, Alabama; Myrt Jackson, Marietta, Georgia and Regina Ball, Atlanta, Georgia; brother in laws, Harry (Camellia) Jackson, Antonia Huntley, Boris Huntley, Staffon (Mary) Huntley, Gadsden, Alabama; Tarrance Huntley, Jacksonville, Alabama, and Alexis (Valeecia) Huntley, Buford, Georgia; two wonderful neighbors that were like a brother and sister to him, Johnny and Janet Turner; a very special cousin that was like a sister, Makeba Eckford; several dear friends, Jennifer Hill, Anthony (Alesha) Keith, Mark (Connie) Bullock, and Gracie Sewell; a second family that has always been there for our family, The Watson’s (Thank you so much); a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and dear dear friends.
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