Edgar Lewis Jackson


Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2006


  Edgar Lewis Jackson

Edgar Lewis Jackson

Longtime Alaskan Edgar Lewis Jackson died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 87.

A viewing will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 12, at First Baptist Church, 159 Binkely St., Soldotna. His son, Charles W. Jackson, will officiate. Burial will follow at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. A reception will follow the burial at the church.

Pallbearers will be Les Henrichs, Ray Henrichs, Shane Wortham, Mark Stogsdill, Bryan Stogsdill, Harvey Knutsen, and David and Steve Jackson.

Mr. Jackson was born April 14, 1919, in Shannon, Texas. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged. He moved to Alaska in June 1954, living in Anchorage. In February 1958, he moved with his family to the family homestead in Soldotna on Gaswell Road. He was a mechanic and wrecking yard owner.

Mr. Jackson was a charter member of the First Baptist Church in Soldotna, helping construct the church building, and was a Sunday school nursery worker at the First Baptist Church in Anchorage.

He enjoyed playing baseball and guitar, hunting, gardening, visiting with friends and family, singing, and playing “42.”

“Daddy was a God-fearing, Bible-reading Christian man who believed in living a clean life and working hard. He loved his family and friends and always had a warm embrace to bestow. His example will live on. He will be greatly missed. He was and is loved by all of us and we will be reunited for eternity one fine day,” his family wrote.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Julia A. (Young) Jackson; parents, Viola and Steve Jackson; brothers, Howard, James, Carroll, Sherman and Allen; sisters, Lorraine, Rosie and Donna; and grandson, Daniel Henrichs.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jackson; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marybeth Jackson; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Bob Wortham and Priscilla and Clinton Motts, all of Soldotna; grandchildren, Ray and Les Henrichs, Devin, Shane and Rance Wortham, Ryan Jackson, Carrie Murray and Trista Clark; great-grandchildren, Cole Bartelds, Phoenix Wortham, Kyler Wortham, Tashina, Serrena and Kayla Wortham, Sydney and Savannah Clark; his step-families, Ruby E. and Van Stogsdill and children, Mary Sue Foster and children, Harvey Knutsen, James and Cherry Watson and children, and Georgia Greatrecks; brothers, Dean Jackson, Troy Jackson, F. David Jackson; and sisters-in-laws, Faye Jackson, Georgia Jackson, Juanita Thierot, Neva Veron, and Jo Glanville.

Memorial donations may be sent to Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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