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Jodie Jackson

Remembering Jodie Elijah Jackson June 3, 1932 – October 8, 2020 Jodie Elijah Jackson entered his eternal life, with the Jesus he loved so much, on October 8th, 2020. Jodie was born to Bertha Bland Jackson and Wilburn Harrison Jackson on June 3rd, 1932, in Gloster, Amite County, Mississippi. Jodie attended grade school and high school in Natchez, graduating in 1950 before entering Clark Memorial Junior College, in Newton, Mississippi. After graduation, Jodie entered Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi, graduating in 1954. In the years that followed, Jodie was ordained and ministered in many Arkansas and Missouri churches. Jodie graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1966. In 1977, Jodie became the chaplain at the Missouri Training Center for Men in Moberly, Missouri. This began a lifelong mission for Jodie to minister to the men and families in need of spiritual guidance. In 1988, he was appointed the Director of Chaplaincy for the State of Missouri. Jodie retired in 1998 to devote his time to his volunteer work at MTCM and to preach in area churches including Mount Pleasant Christian Church and Salisbury Christian Church for many years. Throughout his life, Jodie liked to sing, and many were blessed with his beautiful bass voice, lyrical sermons, and meaningful prayers. Jodie continued to share the word of God and to volunteer until the time of his death. Jodie is survived by his wife, Carolyn of the home and his beloved pet, Fiona. His legacy continues with his children, Sharon (Michael) Assel of Falcon, Missouri, Robert (Sherri) Jackson of Warrensburg, Missouri, Kathy (Kirk) Lewis of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jodie Jr. (Kelly) Jackson of Columbia, Missouri, Jeff (Beth) Perry of Salisbury, Missouri, Joan (Joe) Snodgrass of Moberly, Missouri, Julie Land of Huntsville, Missouri and Jordan Perry and Lori Perry of Moberly, Missouri; sister, Sue Day of Washington. Jodie was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren with two precious additions arriving in late fall of 2020, multiple nieces, nephews, countless friends and colleagues. Jodie was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha and Wilburn; sister, Jaquelyn Williams and grandson, Jared Lyle Perry. A private memorial service will be held for Jodie, where his life will be celebrated by his family. Memorial contributions are appreciated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Donor’s Charity of Choice. Pathway Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Jodie Jackson was a major influencer with religious/spiritual programming at the Missouri Department of Corrections. He was the first chaplaincy coordinator/supervisor starting back in 1987 and led the way that has affected much of how religious accommodation to offenders is provided to this day. He worked out the challenges of development during a very stressful time, most likely. Jodie provided a good example to me as a new Chaplain in 1998 and we connected a few times over the years as he volunteered many years after retiring much to his credit and honor to the Lord. Jodie often times had a hilarious dry sense of humor and winsomeness which I loved! He showed full support of my leadership in his old position and told me he was proud of me which meant a lot! We worked together on volunteer endeavors back in the early days and he was a Chaplain at Moberly which was where I started. Back in 2012, all of the former Chaplains who had retired were invited to a reception with all of the current Chaplains but sadly, Jodie could not make it at the last minute. Thank you, Jodie, for all you have done for so many Chaplains and so very many offenders. A little bit of you lives on in the legacy you left us all.

Doug Worsham Jun 15 2021 10:42 AM

I, along with my family, Connie and Don, Chuck and Kari, wish to express sincere sympathy to you and your family for your loss. We are grateful for Bro. Jodies and your ministry to our small congregation at Prairie Hill Baptist. Time seems to have flown by, but our gratitude for dedicated ministry remains. Sincerely, Mildred Krager 2514 Rumsey Lane Lohman, MO. 65053

Mildred Krager Oct 31 2020 8:30 PM

R.I.P. Jodie, you are with Our LORD and SAVIOR. I know you will be watching over your Family and that you live in their heart. I always enjoy our conversations we had while you were one of the Chaplains at MCC. You have been a kind friend that I have admired, throughout the years. Know that many people love you, miss you and will be praying for your family. Farewell my friend.

The Gonzaless Oct 19 2020 11:25 AM

Our sympathies and prayers for all the family. What precious memories we have of our loved ones who have gone on ahead of us.

Tom and Lynn Noyes Oct 12 2020 6:09 PM