Ms. Laura Jackson, age 95, of Ozark, Alabama passed away Friday, March 13, 2020.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 4 PM to 6 Pm at J.L. Trawick Memorial Chapel, 1048 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2 PM at First Missionary Baptist Church, 724 Andrews Avenue Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Burial will immediately follow the service at Traveler's Rest Cemetery.
Laura Jean Ardis Jackson was born July 29, 1924, in Ozark (Dale County), Alabama, to the late Minnie Walker and Louie Ardis; both born in Dale County, Alabama.
Laura graduated from the Ozark Colored High School and attended Alabama State College for two years. She taught Elementary School , one year, in the Shady Grove Community of the Dale County School System; the term of 1945-1946. Laura was also employed as a substitute teacher for the Ozark City School System. She was self-employed as a Cosmetologist from 1949-1960. Laura took her first course in cosmetology at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. In 1961, she took a refresher course for one year at the Apex School of Cosmetology in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a very loving and giving mother and devoted pastor's wife. Laura assisted her late husband, Rev. Dr. S. C. Jackson, Sr., in many capacities during his tenure as pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Ozark, Alabama; as well as Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Newton, Alabama until her health began to fail. Laura served as counselor for the Crusader Department of First Missionary Baptist Church and was recognized as Counselor of the Year at the Alabama Missionary Baptist Women Covention, held in Selma, Alabama in 1991. She was a member of the "Pride of Alabama" Eastern Star Chapter #60, Charter member of the Daffodil Garden Club and the Ladies Aid Society and Circle #1 of the Missionary Society of First Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years: Rev. Dr. Shem Campbell Jackson, Sr.; son: Shem Campbell Jackson, Jr. and son-in-law: LTC (Ret.) Richard Harris.
She is survived by three children: Mary Jean Harris of Ridgeland, Mississippi; Naomi Dovie (Donald) Ross of Springfield, Illinois and Winston Titus (Barbara) Jackson of Ozark, Alabama; two grandchildren: Dr. Maria Richetta Camille Harris (Vincent) Hopkins of Washington, D.C. and Dawn Michelle Ross of Springfield, Illinois; two great-great grandchildren: Trinity Ross of Springfield, Illinois and Colin Hopkins of Washington, D.C.; and a Godchild: Yolanda Everett of Ozark, Alabama.
A special thanks to the nursing staff and doctors at Southeast Health, Dale Medical Center, Community Hospice, Oakview Manor Healthcare Facility and Covenant Hospice.
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