Obituary: Deacon Arthur Gene Jackson Sr.
Deacon Arthur Gene Jackson Sr. (Sonny) was born to Alex Jackson & Rosemary Jones-Jackson on August 27th, 1944 in Rosanky, Texas. He was called home on Tuesday June 22nd, 2021 at 3:00am surrounded by his family and loves ones.
Arthur attended school at Salem in Peach Creek, Texas.
Arthur was employed as a construction masonry worker and foreman with Maufrias Brother’s Construction for over 25 years and with Austin Traffic Signal up until his diagnosis of colon cancer in January of 1998. He possessed an impeccable work ethic and took much pride in his masonry skills. His handiwork as a cement finisher for Maufrias Brother’s Construction can still be seen on many of the sidewalks in downtown Austin on Congress Avenue as well as his work on the Austin 360 Bridge which is also known as the Pennybacker Bridge.
Arthur confessed his love for God at an early age and was brought up in St. Phillips Missionary Baptist Church. He dedicated his life to faithfully serving the Lord. He held many positions in the church as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member and Treasurer but the one that he most enjoyed was serving as a Deacon. Arthur served on the Deacon Board and as Head Deacon at various congregations to include St. Phillips Missionary Baptist Church~Peach Creek,Tx, Del Valle Missionary Baptist Church~Del Valle,Tx, True Vine Church of God in Christ~Manor,Tx, Inspirational Pentecostal Church~Bastrop, Tx and Solid Rock Church~Manor,Tx until his health started to decline. He loved the Lord with all heart and his faith and belief in the Word of God never wavered. He held onto his faith until the end.
Arthur enjoyed making fruit preserves and jelly. He was an amazing cook and baked the best biscuits. He also loved fishing and watching football. One of his favorite teams was former NFL team Houston Oilers and Washington. His least favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys and he enjoyed teasing Cowboy fans after they lost by calling and asking what was the final score of the game.
Arthur was married for 35 years to his first wife the late Minister Bobbie Jean Sterling-Jackson, until her death in February 2005. Together they raised five Children-Zachary, Gregory, Sean, Arthur Jr & Darla. And also took on a major role in helping to raise a Niece- Shannon and four of their Granddaughters Maya, Sunni, Kayla(Katy) and Shyla who often took turns in competing with each other claiming to be PawPaw’s favorite grandchild, he loved them all equally.
Arthur was later joined in matrimony to Bertha Baker in March of 2010. His extended family grew to include Ms. Baker’s four children- Ricky, Toni, Patricia, Tommie and nine grandchildren including his little “Candy Buddies” twins Aiden and Taylor whom he adored.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 11 years Bertha Baker. Four Sons- Zachary Sterling, Gregory Sterling (Ola), Arthur Jackson Jr. and a nephew Sean Harris (China) who was raised as a Son, all from Austin, Tx and one Daughter- Darla Jackson Haynes (Michael) of Victoria, Tx. Eight Sisters-Stellamae Jackson of Pflugerville,Tx, Rosemary Clemons (Willie), Linda Jackson, Arlene Bradford (Alfred Sr.), Darlene Wright (Homer) of Austin, Tx, Dora Limuel, Debra Jackson of Manor, Tx and Ardie Mayberry (Rev. Ervin Mayberry Sr.) of Columbus, Tx.
Two Uncles- Earl Jones and Clint Jones of Austin, Tx.
Twelve Grandchildren- Maya, Sunni, Kayla, Shyla, Amari, Khari, Latrissa (Tracie), Trenicia, Natasha, Bobbie Jean, Katrina and Anna Marie. Twenty-one Great Grandchildren- Lex, Brenton, Felicity, Margaret, Dariuhs, Trace, D’ohn, Tailyr, Allistar, Kenny, Toni, Diamond, Kiana, Kishayla, Kisean, Demontre, Briana, Caden, Chance, Rickeisha and Micah. Thirty-six Nieces and Nephews- Reginald, Marcia,Suchandra, Willie Jr,James, Raymond Jr., Charlie,Niari, Allen, Allie, Keith, Erica, Laquisha, Micheal, Antwan, Kelvin, Stanlee, Dana Jr., Taquisha, Ervin Jr., LaRonda, Kelvin, Floyd, Alex, Jermaine, Jennifer, Jaheim, Aleria, Daniel, Darlicia, Alfred Jr. Arlcia, Alexander, Ryan, Shannon and Reginald Christopher.
Proceeding Arthur in death were his Mother and Father, his first wife Minister Bobbie Jean Sterling- Jackson, Two Sisters- Sarah Deloach and Emma Clemons, Four Brothers- Felix Jackson, Charlie Jackson, Dana Jackson Sr. and Willie Jackson Sr., One Granddaughter- Latonya Bowdy and One Great Grandson David Thompson.
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