Rev. William Jackson was born into a loving family on August 1, 1929, in Smithville, VA. He accepted Christ at an early age and soon upon graduating from high school he enlisted into the US Navy.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Rev. Jackson moved to Seattle, WA and worked in various places of employment before building his career with King County Metro as a bus driver. He loved his job and retired after many years of faithful service.
Rev. Jackson joined First AME Church, Seattle, Washington in the early 1970’s, under the Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray. He answered “The Call to Preach” under the Pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Ellis H. Casson, Pastor of First AME Church in the early 1990’s. Soon after his ordination, Rev. Jackson was appointed to Union Bethel AME Church, Great Falls, MT, and then to Bailey AME Church in Everett, WA, where he retired from active service. Rev. Jackson served at First AME Church as an Associate Minister and loved to fish, go sailing on his private boat, and attend Mariner baseball games as a season ticket owner.
As a widower, Rev. Jackson faithfully attended the early morning Sunday Service at First AME Church and began going to breakfast with a group of friends. One friend, Sister Betty Harris, put a twinkle in his eye and soon thereafter they were united in marriage at First AME Church in 2010. Pastor Carey G. Anderson performed the lovely ceremony with Co-Officiant the Rev. Reggie C. Witherspoon, of the Mount Calvary Christian Center in Seattle, a long-time family friend of Sister Betty’s son, the Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lowe, Jr., Pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina since 1991.
Rev. and Mrs. Jackson loved to travel and enjoyed themselves on cruises and plane trips around the country to visit Sister Betty’s sons Paul and Anthony, and Rev. Jackson’s family in Virginia.
Rev. Jackson answered his final call to be with the Lord on Friday January 29, 2021. He was ninety-one years old. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Mrs. Betty Harris-Jackson; one Daughter, Gail Bell of Seattle, WA; one Grandson, John D. Bell, Jr., of Seattle, WA; two Step-Sons, The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lowe, Jr., (LaGail), of Winston-Salem, NC; and Mr. Anthony S. Lowe, Esq., of Washington D.C.; Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, his FAME Church Family of Seattle, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
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