Everett Jackson, 89, Harrisburg passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Shawnee Rose Care Center, Harrisburg.
Everett was born April 20, 1923, to the late William Everett (Lois) Jackson in Pope County. He was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Carrier Mills High School in 1940. In March of 1943 he was inducted into the Army. He did basic training in St. Petersburg, Fla., attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. and then trained at the Air Force base. He also trained at Camp Gordon, Ga., for the infantry.
He sailed overseas on the RMS Queen Elizabeth to join the European African Middle Eastern Theater in the infantry. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge, suffered trench foot, spent time in a Paris hospital and was discharged from Camp Butner Hospital, N.C., on Aug. 6, 1945.
On Oct. 30, 1948, he married Margaret Bundren of Stonefort at Equality Catholic Church. They moved to Harrisburg in 1953 where they made their home.
The construction business interested Everett and he worked his adult life laying pipe, setting precast bridges, building highways, bridges, curbs and gutters. He worked for Egyptian Construction and Triangle Construction early in his career and then worked for 25 years for Superior Structures. He was a hard worker, dedicated to his career.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret of 64 years; five children, Karen (Jerry) Yaris, Deltona, Fla., Rose (Scott) Cloyd, Mt. Dora, Fla., Aaron (Janie) Jackson, Eldorado, Menthia Jackson, Harrisburg and Janice (Dr. Steve) Aldridge, Harrisburg. He is also survived by five grandchildren Courtney (Michal) Souder, Brittany (Kirk) Baugher, Alexis Jackson, Dr. Joey (Katie) Jackson and Ben Cloyd; and two great-grandchildren, Braxtyn and Annistyn Baugher. He is also survived by a sister Betty (Godfrey) Miller, Elgin.
Everett was preceded in death by his oldest daughter Cecilia Yvonne Gavrielle; his parents and; one sister, Afton Williams.
Everett was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and enjoyed many good times there playing cards and visiting with his fellow veterans. He also looked forward to his time at Golden Circle Senior Citizen Center where he enjoyed delicious meals and wonderful fellowship with both old and new friends.
A funeral mass will be said by Fr. Abraham Adejoh at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home, Carrier Mills. Burial will be at St. Francis De Sales Cemetery, New Burnside, immediately following the funeral mass with military honors by the Harrisburg and Carrier Mills American Legion.
It was Mr. Jackson's request that there be no flowers, for those who wish memorials should be made in his memory to the St. Francis DeSales Cemetery. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Absher-Nicholson Funeral Home in Carrier Mills is entrusted with the arrangements.