Jim "Earl" Jackson, 87, of Blytheville died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. He was a member of the West Ridge Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, lifelong resident of the Etowah Community where he farmed. He drove a school bus for Missco School system for 24 years.
He is survived by his wife, Genetta "Geraldine" Jackson of Blytheville; a son, Earl "Bud" Jackson ,of Manila; two daughters, LaVelle Mann of Blytheville and Patricia Ellis of Gosnell; six grandchildren, Melita Sims, Gina Pitman, Rhonda Methany, Dana Simpkins, Greg Ellis and Kevin Ellis and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex "Cole" Jackson and Molly Walker Jackson, three brothers, three sisters, and a grandson.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel in Lepanto with Rick Blackwell officiating. Burial was in Garden Point Cemetery at Etowah under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Ernie Girdley, Merle Weathers, Jimmy Russell, Malcolm Weathers, and two grandsons, Greg Ellis and Kevin Ellis.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Hospice Center in Blytheville.