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Mary Harris Jackson

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jackson, Mary Harris--Age 91. Home at last with her Savior and her Edwin. December 20, 2012. A Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31:10-31), devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and wonderful companion to extended family and friends.

Preceded in death by Edwin, beloved husband of sixty-three years, parents Willie and Sallie Maddox Harris, brothers Robert, Tom, and Jack Harris, and sisters Willie Mae Thompson (Sister) and Sarah Otash, cherished niece Janice Brantley Adcock, and a host of friends. Survived by loving sons and daughters-in-law, Edwin Elam Jr. (Tony) and Cheryl, Samuel Elgin and Kevin, dear grandchildren Christopher, Toby (Delores), Jeremy (Sachiko), Hadyn and Tate, and great-grandsons Nicholas, Alexander, and Harrison.

Born March 26, 1921, in Bedford County, Mary was raised a country girl who worked on her family's farm, graduating with perfect attendance in the eighth-grade from a one-room schoolhouse, Hart's Chapel. She later lived with Sister in Shelbyville while attending Central High School; a fond memory from these years was playing catcher for the Simmons Gas Co. softball team, but the defining moment of her life was her wedlock to her high school sweetheart on July 7, 1940. Truly a marriage made in Heaven, Mary often proclaimed that if she had just one wish, it would be that "Everybody could get along as well and have a home like Edwin and me."

Faithful members of Belmont Heights Baptist Church for fifty-five years, they enjoyed a family filled with laughter, prayer, and simple pleasures. Mary loved her home-making, especially cooking, her garden, her golf, and certainly the punch lines to her own jokes. A truly good, unpretentious, and independent woman, she was a steadfast caregiver to family and neighbors with her calls, chocolate pies, and healing hands. We are grateful for the life she lived so well and celebrate her legacy of love, wisdom, and laughter, "for her price is far above rubies...and her own works praise her in the gates."

Our sincere thanks to the staffs of Blakeford (Woodcrest) and Alive Hospice, Dr. Jeffrey Webber and Dr. David Allen, to Brother Jim and Judy Sorrells and their congregation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in remembrance of Mary Jackson be made to Alive Hospice or to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, TN.

Graveside service to be conducted Sunday, December 23, at 2:30 P. M. in Hazel Cemetery, Bell Buckle, TN. Active and Honorary pallbearers include family and friends. Visitation with the family will be Saturday, December 22, 2:00-4:00 P. M., at Woodlawn Funeral Home 660 Thompson Lane (615) 383-4754.