Savannah Georgia Grace was born in Henry County, Alabama to John Henry and Mae Liza Grace on November 25, 1922. She was educated in the Henry County School System. When her parents died at a younger age, she was raised by her oldest siblings. She married Martin Jackson on April 26, 1946 in Abbeville, Alabama. She was part of a sharecropping family until Martin came back from the military (US Army) and they moved to the city. She accepted Christ at a young age and had one philosophy in life: God. Husband. Children.
Savannah loved gospel music. She coached and taught singing based on your voice class in the church and to her children. She had an ear for harmony. Savannah coached her husband's first quartet-The Friendly Five as well as her children. She was also a surrogate to many children in the community. While her husband played, coached and managed minor league baseball, she spent her time as the team mother to many of the younger players. Everyone loved "Madea". The neighborhood children always knew they could come to Madea for anything.
Savannah's love for her children was unmeasurable. She actively participated in their school sports, chorus events and PTA meetings. She was active in everything her children were involved in. She would sew uniforms for their club associations, staying up many long nights to ensure they were ready and she taught her children the importance of education. Savannah supported and encouraged all of their endeavors especially those related to educated. A woman with very little education raised children that would go on to become educators, Leaders, Public Safety workers, Directors and Corporate Managers. She knew it was the key for her children to thrive and have a sense of wholeness and awareness.
Savannah was a faithful member of St. Matthews Freewill Baptist Church in Miami, Florida where she resided for 63 years. She joined St. Matthews in the early 60s and was an active member of the church, serving on the Usher board for over 34 years until her health failed her. She worked in the kitchen supporting the church's culinary commitments. Savannah continued to be an active and faithful member in all of her duties to God and the people.
She is preceded in death by her two older brothers, two older sisters, one younger sister, her husband Martin of 54 years and her youngest daughter Dr. Linda Jackson Lockhart who all passed on before her and were dearly missed by her.
She is survived by her children Hattie May "Nunie", Marie, Martin Jr. (m. Gail), Larry Joe (M. Natasha) and James Paul (m. Nadia): her sister Addie Lee Grace Jones of Panama, Florida; twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11am at Rocky Mount Baptist Church in Tumbleton, labama.