Deacon Louis “Lou Jack” Jackson was born in Yazoo City, MS on November 13, 1945 to H. Ruby Hodge and Willie Barney.
He was educated in the Yazoo County School System, graduating from Gibbs High School in 1963.
Deacon Jackson accepted Christ into his life at Rose Hill M.B. Church in Satartia, MS. Upon moving to Lockport, IL he joined the Mt. Ebal M.B. Church under the late Pastor Theodore H. Pinnick’s leadership, and continued to serve under the leadership of Pastor Cornell Ervins. He served for 50 years at Mt. Ebal.
Deacon Jackson was a quiet, mild mannered man that worked very hard, often working two jobs to support himself and his family that he loved very much. He began working at Caterpillar, Inc. when he moved to Lockport in 1969, and was an excellent worker, retiring in 2002 after 33 years. In addition, he worked a part-time job at Goldblatts until they closed; and worked approximately four years as a bus driver for Laraway School District.
Deacon Jackson married his childhood sweetheart, Linda V. Martin, on April 19, 1970; to this union, six children were born.
He is preceded in death by his parents, H. Ruby Hodge and Willie Barney; his oldest brother, Blanche Hodge; his brother in infancy, Robert Lee Jackson; his mother and father-in-law, Edward Sr. and Ervene Martin; his godson, Jason Brown; sister-in-law, Rose Hodge; brother-in-law, Stanley Franklin; his late pastor and friend, Pastor Theodore H. Pinnick; and friend, Deacon Richard Pinnick.
Deacon Jackson leaves in the care of God his loving wife of 48 years, Linda V. Jackson; his children, Chandra (Ronald) Pinnick; Christopher “Chris” Jackson, Brian Jackson, Valerie (Minister Jervon) Walker, Jonathan (Tai) Jackson, Sr., and Pamela (Stephan Sr.) Grandison; his siblings, Carrie M. (Burnell) Holman, and Leroy (Johnnie Mae) Jackson; seventeen grandchildren, many other relatives and friends, and Pastor Cornell Ervins and his Mt. Ebal Family.