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Amos Jackson, Jr., January 3, 1933~August 18, 2015

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Amos Jackson, Jr., 82, of Fayetteville, AR. passed away on August 18, 2015. Amos was born on Jan. 3, 1933 in Fort Smith, AR. to Amos Jackson, Sr. and Ocie Mae Adams.  Amos attended Lincoln Sr. High School in Fort Smith. Following graduation, Amos joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX. After serving his country, Amos returned to Fayetteville where he married his sweetheart Elnora Lackey on February 9, 1957, and became an important part of the community by coaching Little League Baseball, PeeWee Football, participating in bowling leagues across the state, and playing baseball with the Brown Bombers, where he was affectionately known as “Crazy Legs Jackson”.  He worked for Southwestern Bell/AT&T, and retired after 31 years of service.  Amos also served as a barber for many of the men in the community. Amos had a vibrant personality and often kept everyone entertained by telling jokes and displaying his infectious smile. He never knew a stranger and wasn’t satisfied until everyone around him had a smile on their face.

Amos was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lorene Logan; and his son, Michael Jackson.
Amos leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 58 years, Elnora Lackey Jackson; his son, David Jackson and wife, Tracy of Fayetteville; daughter, Anita Bland and husband, Michael from Columbia, MO.; sisters, Andretta Fisher and Jossie Flowers, both of Fayetteville; brother-in-law Thomas Wayne Lackey and wife, Marva of Ft. Worth, TX.; sister-in-laws JoAnn and husband, Farrell Goodley of Fayetteville, AR., Roberta Morgan of Fayetteville, AR. and Barbara Lackey of Russellville, AR; aunt, Rosie Lee Cravens of Fort Smith; grandchildren, Natasha and Jermaine Jackson, Mesquite, TX., Andrea Jackson, Houston, TX., Jonathan and wife Ebony Jackson, Plano, TX, Sierra and Ashley Bland, both from Columbia, MO., Danielle Neely, Batesville, AR., and Kia Grant of Fayetteville; great-grandkids, Roderick, Preston, Caleb and Terrance Jackson, all from Mesquite, TX; Ian and Kiara Tripp from Batesville, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Family visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 24, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel. Funeral services will also be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 with Steve West officiating. Interment will be at the Fayetteville National Veterans Cemetery following the service at 12:00 P.M. under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

 

 

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    Gene Huitt » 20. Aug, 2015

    Mr Amos was superman I have known Amos for about 5 years through dialysis. The man would come in joking around and make everyone laughing out the door. Amos made me a better man by leading through example. It was a privilege and an honor to know him. Thank you for the service you gave in the Army. Mrs. Jackson thank you for sharing Amos for a few hours on Monday, Wednesday , Friday. I enjoyed being with Amos over the years.

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    Pamelia (Waterson) Walker » 20. Aug, 2015

    Anita, you and your family are in my prayers. I loved it when your father would call the office at the U of A. He would disguise his voice as a female and ask to talk with you. I couldn’t keep from laughing. He was hilarious.

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    Roscoe » 20. Aug, 2015

    My condolence is yours in the lose of your love one Elnora and family he was and still is one of a kind.

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    Name » 22. Aug, 2015

    Elmore so sorry to hear of your loss,lynda ware

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    Laura R. Carr & Family » 22. Aug, 2015

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Amos was such a bright spot in a world of chaos. His infectious personality is spreading his wings. I’m glad he passed my way in this world.

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    Phil Hall » 23. Aug, 2015

    When I played Pee Wee baseball, Mr. Jackson was my coach. He had a profound impact on me that still burns today. As a young white boy in Fayetteville, I hadn’t experienced a lot of interaction at that time in my life with people of color. I cannot imagine any better first experience than what I was blessed with playing for Mr. Jackson and being on a the team with Michael. I didn’t have to be taught we are equal and all the same, not only in God’s eyes but in daily life on every street corner. He taught me that by being a great guy who treated every kid like they were his own. I am truly saddened by his passing. He was a great man that framed a young man’s life in a more positive and fruitful way than you could imagine. God bless you all and prayers for your family.

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    The Lumbert Family » 23. Aug, 2015

    So sorry for your loss. My dad died 8 years ago and he talked so fondly of working with Amos at the telephone company over many years. My mother is still here and sends her regards.

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    Rob Desbien » 24. Aug, 2015

    Amos was truly one of a kind. As a young installer in the 1980′s working out of 1332 N Leverett, he made my days less stressful with his great attitude, smile, and infectious laughter. I’m sending a heartfelt condolence to Elnora and all Amo’s family and friends. Truly Amos was a genuine man of living out his faith through his actions. Amos was a beacon of Love in Action. He’ll be missed and remembered fondly by all who crossed his path.

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    Virginia Walker » 24. Aug, 2015

    Elnora, I worked with both you and Amos at the phone company. I am sorry for your loss of a good man. I enjoyed both of you when I came to work. I wish you the best. Virginia

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    JD Bradford and Family » 25. Aug, 2015

    Sorry for you lost.