Pearlene Harrison Jackson was the youngest of seven children. She was born on May 16, 1935, to Henry Harrison and Maggie Brown Harrison of Stafford, Virginia. On August 3, 1952, she was united in matrimony to James William Jackson, also of Stafford County, who preceded her in death. From their union they were blessed with seven children.

Pearlene attended Stafford County Public Schools and Walker Grant High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

At an early age, Pearlene gave her life to Christ as a member of Shiloh New Site Baptist Church in Stafford, Virginia. She then joined Oak Grove Baptist Church where James was a member. As a member of Oak Grove, she served in many ministries and leadership roles including: Chair of the Deaconesses, Director of Oak Grove Hands of Praise Puppet Ministry, Member of Christian Education, Vacation Bible School, Hospitality, and Women’s Ministries of Oak Grove. She served as a Sunday school teacher, long-time member of the Gospel choir, and Pastor’s Aid Ministry. She was also active in numerous community originations: Widewater Volunteer Fire and Rescue, EMT—among the first African-American Emergency Medical Technicians in Stafford and member of the Ladies auxiliary; long-time member the Fredericksburg Area Sickle Cell Association, Stafford County Chapter NAACP, and Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

Pearlene was a devoted Christian who Loved the Lord and proclaimed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She is adoringly remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, and friend. Her family knew her to be kind, dedicated and caring yet independent and strong. Humble by nature, yet open to share her spiritual wisdom and love of the Lord. She loved playing her piano, family gatherings, traveling and her ministries.

Pearlene Harrison Jackson went home to glory on June 6, 2018 at 2:29 a.m. at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Jackson, son, Bruce Carnell Jackson, siblings: Robert Harrison, Mary Irene (Harrison) Harris, Edith (Harrison) Lovitt, Cleveland Harrison and Frank Edward Vines.

She is survived by her brothers Theodore Harrison and Harvey Harrison, and sisters-in-law Minnie Harrison and Patricia Quartey; children: Levert Kenneth Jackson, Olivia L’Tanya Jackson (Andre), William Nathaniel Jackson (Wanda), Tonoa Felice Jackson, Alethea Renee (Jackson) Witter (Timothy), and Rodney Lynn Jackson (Anna), 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grands and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and family.