James W. Jackson

Oconee Enterprise
Friday, September 26, 1913

Another Good Citizen Passes Over the River

After several years suffering from a malady baffling to his attendants and physicians, being alternatingly confined to his bed and at time abe (sic) to attend to his business affairs, death finally relieved Mr. James W. Jackson of all earthly ills last Saturday afternoon, at 6 o'clock, and his spiritual self passed over to join the vast majority oon the other shore.

Mr. Jackson was for eight years clerk of Oconee superior court, and never a more popular man held office in our county than he. Ill health caused him to voluntarily relinquish this office at the time the present clerk was elected some three years ago, and ever since that time the state of his health has been more or less precarious.

Mr. Jackson was a member of the local firm of McRee, Jackson & Co., a director of Oconee County Bank, and in his church, the Methodist, which he honored and loved, was a valued member of the board of stewards.

Besides his widow, Mr. Jackson leaves behind one son, Mr. W. Pierce Jackson, by his first wife; four brothers, Frank, Drew, Joe and Nelson Jackson; one sister, Mrs. WJ. Thompson, and numerous other relatives and countless friends throughout this section of Georgia to lament his departure.

ev. (sic) A.J. Sears, his former pstor (sic), assisted by his present pastor, Rev. J.R. Speer, conducted the funeral services at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, at ? o'clock, in the presence of a concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives tht (sic) taxed the capacity of the large auditorium.

The local lodges of Odd Fellows and Masons, of which the deceased was a loyal member, took charge after the funeral discourse of Mr. Sears and with their impressive ritualistic ceremonies consigned his body to the grave in Watkinsville cemetery, there to wait resurrection's dawn.

Mr. Jackson would have been sixty-five years old the 28th of the present month. The major portion of his life was spent in Watkinsville and community, and the impress of his kindly smile and gentle character upon those with whom he came in contact will live long after his earthly tenement has returned to the dust of mother earth.

"Uncle Jim," as old and young alike had become accustomed to address him, loved his fellowman and his tenderness with the great love for children was one of the ruling passions of his soul. Not a child in all the circle of his acquaintance today but feels that a true, loving freind has been taken away. What greater tribute to the life of any man can be paid when it sis said he won and retained the love of innocent childish affection? That sums up the the (sic) total of his this life's main characteristics - he was kind, good, gentle and loyal - and for all such there is laid up in heaven a crown of righteousness, and he has gone to enjoy the reward of endless, golden days, free from pain and infirmity of earth, in that land where happiness ever prevails and heartaches are unknown.

Like every on that knew "Uncle Jim," we feel we have lost a true friend, and with his sorrowing ones we sorrow, for we will miss him in the walks of every-day life as only a departed friend can be missed, and trust that the sustaining grace of an all-wise Creator be with those who were nearest and dearest to him.