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Susan J. Susie Jackson



06/17/2015, CHARLESTON, SC

Susan J. Jackson was born January 28, 1928 in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the wife of the late Walter Jackson, mother of Walter B. Jackson (Eleanor), sister of Eva J. Dilligard, Mary J. Smith (Isaiah) and Martha Drayton.

Susie Jackson, 87, had two children and eight grandchildren. But including the cousins, nieces and nephews she treated as her own, Jackson was a mother figure to almost 50 children. She was the beloved matriarch of the extended Jackson family.

“She opened her arms to us,” said her nephew Robert Sanders.

Mrs. Jackson dedicated most of her free time to Emanuel AME Church. She served on its board of trustees and in the Women’s Missionary Society, sang in the choir and was a fixture of the weekly Bible Study. She lived just a few blocks from the church on Alexander Street. The 87 year old longtime member of Mother Emanuel AME Church was a member of the church choir and served on the church’s usher board. She attended Buist Elementary School. She was a Burke High School graduate.

Mrs. Jackson worked as a beautician and home health care provider. She was always thinking of others. She was scheduled to go on a church-sponsored bus trip to Chicago on Sunday. She was looking forward to going to the top of the Willis Tower. She and Ethel Lance were cousins. She had recently visited her son and grandchildren in Cleveland, Ohio. Tim Jackson remembered his grandmother as a loving, giving woman with a great smile. Caring for others – family or not – is what she was known best for.

“Hate is taught,” said Jackson’s nephew Kenneth Washington. “My aunt was a loving person. She never taught us hate.”

This is a reflection from Mrs. Jackson’s family:

A loving person She had no animosity toward nobody She took care of this family for generations She took in others She was just that type of person She taught us never to hate

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6


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