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August 20, 2020

Deacon James Elvin Jackson Jr.

Deacon James Elvin Jackson Jr. was born on January 9, 1964 in Monroe, Louisiana to the late James E. Jackson, Sr. and Emma Cal Jackson. James was baptized at an early age at the Holly Crove Baptist Church. After leaving home, he joined Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida. At Mt. Calvary, he faithfully served as a deacon and usher. ln 2011, he returned home to help care for his sister until her death and served as a devoted caregiver to his mother until his death. He rejoined Holly Crove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. James was an honorary member of his mother's church, Shady Crove A.M.E., where he loved to teach Sunday School and serve where he was needed. James' educational experiences included his attendance at Little Flower Academy, Lincoln Elementary School, Minnie Ruffin Elementary School, and Jefferson Middle School. He graduated from Wossman High School in 1982. He attended Southern University and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. ln the Spring of 1984, James pledged and became a member of the Rho Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. James married Alfreda Curry, and to this union was born one daughter, Te'Ja J. .f ackson. James was known for his baking abilities-especially, his famous 7-up pound cake. He was preceded in death by his father James and sister, Cynthia. He leaves to mourn his daughter, Te'Ja Jackson of Miami, Florida; mother, Emma Cal Jackson; Cod Brother, Poindexter Coldsmith; aunts, cousins, and a host of other family and friends.


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