Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, Willmar Sylvester Jackson known by his friends as Hook and Knuckle Ball, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born in Louisa County on May 15, 1931 to the late William and Jeannette Coles Jackson. Willmar attended Louisa County Public Schools and was employed as a truck driver until he retired from Tarmac America. He also drove a number of years for Holly Farms, Concrete Pipe and Hauling, and Dymacek Trucking in Montpelier. Upon his retirement, he drove part-time for Edwin Jackson Hauling and several others.
He joined Mt. Olivet at an early age and was a faithful member until his health failed recently. He sung briefly in the choir and if you sat close enough, you could hear him belt out a very smooth bass. He spent many years playing his favorite sport which was baseball and his family traveled with him to many games. When he was too senior to play, he formed and coached a team named the Blue Jays and sometimes played if his players didn't show. Willmar’s favorite Professional baseball team was the LA Dodgers and he loved watching them as well as the Washington Redskins play on television.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Yancey Jackson; son, Sylvester; great-great granddaughter, Arianna; brother, James; and sister, Elnora.
Willmar leaves to cherish his memory four devoted children, Wanda F. Thurston (Curtis) Louisa, VA, Deborah J. Pryor (Curtis) Montpelier, VA, W. Andre Jackson, Ashland, VA, and Wesley E. Jackson (Bonnie), Montpelier, VA; 10 grandchildren, Adrian Thurston, Janelle Martin, Shawn Jackson, Rochelle Pryor, Dana Terry, Sheronda Jones, Donte Thurston, Jamel Jackson, Andre “AJ”, and Destiny Jackson; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Doris Jackson, Norma Terry (Clayton), and Katrina Hicks (Douglas) all of Richmond, VA; two brothers, William Jackson, Hyattsville, MD, and Norman Jackson (Betty), Richmond, VA; sister-in-law, Evangelist Ruth Mallory, Montpelier, VA; brother-n-law, Danny Yancey (Ruby), Virginia. Beach, VA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; dedicated caregivers Pearline Stephenson and Doris Nowlin; and devoted friend and neighbor Cindy Sacra, who checked in on him daily.
Owens Funeral Service (Ashland)
Thursday December 14th, 2017
4:00pm - 8:00pm
104 Green Chimney CT
Ashland, VA 23005
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
Friday December 15th, 2017
17520 Jefferson Highway
Montpelier , VA 23192
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My condolences to the family, 2 Corithians 1:3,4 describes a God of comfort, "who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. " May God comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a ressurection. - John 5:28,29
Submitted by Jw on Dec 20 2017 03:01:07 PM
Joan Warren lit a candle for Willmar S. Jackson
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There is so little one can do or say to ease the sorrow in your heart today,but all the sympathy of those who care.Goes out to you in loving thought and prayer .William and Jean Quarles
Submitted by William D Quarles on Dec 14 2017 07:34:09 PM
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I will never forget the kindness that Willmar and Dorothy showed us when we were next door neighbors. I looked forward to seeing them both sitting there on the porch each afternoon. We had the best conversations and I will forever cherish those times. If i missed a day or two and didn't stop by. Willmar would knock at the door and say " Carla Dorothy wants to see you". They would both say ya'll are just like our children and we have to look out for you and that they did. Willmar insisted on buying Kelli her first bike helmet. He was so, concerned with her riding without one. Sleep peacefully Cousin Willmar.
Submitted by Carla and Kelli on Dec 14 2017 09:34:56 AM
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May you feel God's presence in a special way. Praying you will be comforted by God's love and by the many caring thoughts of those who love love you too.
Eunice Jackson Judge and family
Submitted by Eunice Jackson Judge on Dec 13 2017 01:55:03 PM
You made a positive impact in my life more than you know Mr. Jackson. I love you and I'll miss you. Your friend and neighbor. Kathy Bey
Submitted by Kathy Bey on Dec 13 2017 12:44:12 PM
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