May 28, 2009

JAMES LAVERNE JACKSON
(8/29/1931-5/19/2009)



James Laverne Jackson, 77, of Lancaster, MO, passed away on May 19, 2009 at the Boone County Medical Center in Columbia, MO.

The son of Leonard Herman and Ollie Murel (Elschlager) Jackson, James was born on August 29, 1931 in rural Downing, MO, in the Kilwinning neighborhood.

On May 7, 1950 in rural Lancaster, MO, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Jean Dean by the Reverend Thurman Andrews and to this union five children were born, Yvonne, Kathy, Judith, Jamie and Michelle.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Lancaster, MO; five children, Jamie Jackson and wife, Cindy of Glenwood, MO, Yvonne Reindel and husband, George of Lancaster, MO, Kathy Krechel and husband, Mike of Virginia Beach, VA, Judith Jackson of Lancaster, MO and Michelle Jackson and special friend, Bill Ridgeway of Lancaster, MO; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other family members and many good friends.

His parents; two brothers, Charles and Lowell D. Jackson; and one sister, LaVonne Jackson, preceded James in death.

James graduated from the Lancaster High School and later attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, MO, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. James was very community oriented as he held many different offices including County Assessor for one term, city councilman and mayor. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows and Jaycees for a number of years.

Funeral services were held on May 22, 2009 at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, MO, with Sonny Smyser, pastor of the Schuyler County Church of Faith officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry West, Jim Werner, Quinten Smyser, Tommy Roberts, David Campbell and Fred Lanham. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Jarvis, Richard Starrett, Larry Reynolds, Don Hilliard, Robert Watkins, Jim Cottey, Mark Steele and Jim McNary. Memorials have been established for the Schuyler County Library and the Schuyler County Church of Faith. Burial was in the Downing City Cemetery in Downing, MO. Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, MO.

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