REVEREND BILLY JOE JACKSON SR.
Reverend Billy Joe Jackson, Sr., born October 11, 1938, at Tenaha, TX, passed away February 11, 2016, at his home in Mission, TX, after a short illness. Parents are Joseph Jackson and Vivian Pickett of Gary, TX, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Stephanie Mintora Hughes Jackson, three sons, Billy Joe (BJ) Jackson, Jr. and wife Mia, Alton Virgil Genous Jackson and wife Demetria, Brian Cort Jackson and wife Lauren. There are eight grandchildren: Alton, Jr., William, Makenna, Anayah, Brooke, Cort, Brendon, and Alexis. Reverend Jackson’s surviving siblings are Marie Dade of Columbus, OH, Katherlene Piroutek and Dorothy Greer of Giddings, TX, Velma Arnold, Genous Jackson (Sandra),
Katie Marie Johnson (Ulysses, Jr.) of Longview, TX, Mae Gladys Brooks (Jeffery) of Hallsville, TX, Rosie Smith (Howard) and Linda Miller of Columbus, OH, Billie Jean Webster (Charles) of Longview, TX, step-mother Susie Lee Jackson of Carthage, TX, seven step-sisters and one step-brother, plus a host of nieces and nephews. Sisters preceding him in death are Vera Jones, Syble Brown, Ella Jones, Choicy Goffney, and Octavia Choyce. One step-brother preceded him in death. Reverend Jackson graduated from Turner High School in Carthage, TX, in 1959. He went on to attain his Bachelor’s Degree in history from Texas College and attained his Master of Education degree from Prairie View A & M University at Prairie View, TX. Upon graduation, he taught school in Dime Box ISD, La Joya ISD, Mission CISD, and Sharyland ISD. Reverend Jackson was always very active in the church. As a young child, he started off as a musician playing the piano and singing in the choir. Wherever he went, he remained active. When he moved to the Valley, he was ordained as a deacon ﬁrst and, shortly thereafter, was ordained a minister of the gospel. He was soon called to pastor two churches: Lily of the Valley Baptist Church, Edinburg, TX, and True Honor Missionary Baptist Church, Raymondville, TX. While he was pastoring, he was also attending a local branch of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was an active member of Abundant Grace Church and served as a prison minister at the Segovia Unit for over twenty years. He served as a mentor at a local halfway house serving teenage men who were in transition from juvenile detention back into the community. He and Stephanie founded Reach Our Children, They Have a Dream (ROC-THAD) which provided tutoring and mentoring life skills for at-risk children. This program served children in the Rio Grande Valley, Metro Houston and Central and East Texas. ROC-
THAD also provided awareness of both the African-American and the Hispanic communities. He served as a tutor many Saturday mornings to help local students pass their state and local achievement tests. He served as Weaks-Martin Little League Coach for a few years and also as a little league basketball coach. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin, teacher and a true and generous friend to all he met. He loved ﬁshing (and was always ﬁxing the tackle), spending quiet times with his wife watching action-packed movies, playing the piano, singing, working on cars. He also loved men’s ministry, playing and spending time with his grandkids, and hanging with his three sons. A memorial service will be held at the McAllen Spanish Jordan Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2132 S. 33rd Street, McAllen, TX 78503, on February 20, 2016, at 1:30 PM. Reverend Amancio Chapa will be ofﬁciating. In lieu of ﬂowers, contributions may be made to: gofundme.com/blessthejacksons.