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Dorothy Jean (Luckett) Jackson
February 13, 1940 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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We gather today to celebrate the remarkable life of Mother Dorothy Jean Jackson, affectionately known as Mother Jackson, and “Dot” a beacon of wisdom and love who left an indelible mark on everyone she encountered. She was born on February 13, 1940, in Canton, Mississippi, to the late Johnny Luckett Sr. and Willie Mae (Roberts) Luckett-Johnson, Mother Jackson was a shining example of resilience and determination.
Mother Dorothy Jean Jackson made her heavenly transition on July 29, 2023, at her home with eldest daughter holding her hand. Mother Jackson was marked by an unwavering faith and a deep commitment to her church.
Mother Jackson's life was a testament to the power of love. Her story with Deacon Jackson began in 1957 when a young man named "Jack" saw a woman named "Dot" across the room, and his heart missed a few beats. This moment sparked a love that would last a lifetime, leading to their marriage and the birth of their five children. Their union was a beautiful embodiment of partnership and mutual respect, and their home was filled with warmth and laughter, serving as a sanctuary for their children and those they took into their care, including her family members and friends.
Mother Jackson’s legacy extends to her four children, Michael Sylvester (Matt Gusick) Jackson, of Chicago, IL, S. Faye Jackson, of Raleigh, NC, Paul Jackson Sr., and Deborah Jackson both of Michigan City, IN, her siblings, Sherman Roberts of Chicago, IL, Charles (Lesley) Luckett of Gulfport, MS, and Rev. Paul Luckett of Jackson, MS, special nephew and niece that were raised as her very own children, Kenny Parks of Michigan City, IN and Cathy (Dennis) Beard of Chesterton, IN; special son, Steve Richmond; her four grandchildren, Venesia Jackson, Lindsey Jackson, Paul Jackson Jr., and Biafra EzuKanma, and one great granddaughter, Dareon Gardner. Her memory will also be cherished by her brothers-in-law, Floyd (Bonnie) Jackson of Canton, MS, and Eddie (Bridgette) Jackson of Jackson, MS; sisters-in-law, Burlean Luckett and Celestine (Rev. Ernest) Clayton both of Canton, MS and special friends, Mae Willie Heading and Mother Vera Lewis, and her extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and her church family. She is preceded in death by her husband Sylvester “Jack” Jackson; son, Terry O'Neil Jackson, three sisters, Delois Gipson, Willie Ruth Warren, Rosie Henry, and two brothers, Robert Lee Luckett, and Johnnie Luckett; two close friends, Mother Floretha Kelly-Corley, and Mother Barbara R. Jackson.
Mother Jackson's life was not only defined by her love for her family but also by her passion for education and her dedication to her work. She received her formal education in Mississippi, graduating from Cameron Street School as a math genius. Her brilliance shone through in her professional life as well, where she worked at Jaymar Ruby for many years and later alongside her husband at The Jack's Detail Shop. Beyond her work, Mother Jackson was a woman of many interests. She was an avid reader, and she derived great joy from cooking, particularly making German Chocolate Cake and her famous Dressing. Her passions extended to her community involvement as well. As a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, she served on the Usher Board and Mother's Board, worked in the Soup Kitchen, and was one of the last original board members of the church.
Mother Jackson showed her power of love, wisdom, and passion. Her life was a shining example of how one person's dedication and commitment can impact the lives of many. Her legacy will continue to inspire and motivate us to live our lives with compassion, resilience, and a deep sense of faith. As we remember Mother Jackson, let us take solace in the fact that her spirit continues to guide us, and her love continues to embrace us. Her life was a beautiful melody of love, wisdom, and passion, and her memory will forever resonate in our hearts.