Raymond Carl 'PeeWee' Jackson Sr.
Funeral services for Raymond Carl "PeeWee” Jackson Sr. will be held Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m., at Groesbeck Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis.
Raymond went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2014 at his residence, in Groesbeck.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 11, at Pearly Gates Funeral Home in Mexia, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lone Star Baptist Church, 609 N. Grayson in Groesbeck.
On June 27, 1928, Willie “Bill” and Isabella Freeman Dancer received a surprise – a baby boy born two months early. The local physician was called to the home out on Hwy. 164. The baby was delivered and the doctor informed Poppa Bill and Mamma Belle that the baby would die before he was able to make it back to town.
Weeks later while in town, Poppa Bill was approached by the doctor, who asked about Momma Belle and gave his condolences regarding the baby. Poppa Bill explained his wife and newborn son were doing just fine. The doctor was in disbelief. Grandma Azelle made a tiny pillow for the baby boy to be carried upon.
The baby was named Raymond Carl Jackson, and was affectionately named “PeeWee.” He was the baby of five children. “PeeWee” grew up in the Groesbeck area going to school in Springfield and in Groesbeck. He was a graduate of Blackshear High School. His parents recognized the importance of education and hard work. When someone needed help, Poppa Bill and his boys were always willing to lend a hand.
PeeWee grew up hunting and playing sports. He was a talented athlete and well know for his abilities on the football field and baseball field and basketball court. On Jan. 9, 1950, Raymond married Idell Johnson in the living room of Rev. Culberson in Groesbeck. In November of the same year, PeeWee was drafted into the Army and served during the Korean War. He attended boot camp at Camp Roberts in California. Following boot camp he was deployed to Japan.
He often told the story of how some guys aboard the ship had expensive watches but by the time they reached Japan, only inexpensive “Mickey Mouse” watches were still working. He also shared that when he arrived in Japan and was getting off the ship he heard someone calling his name, he looked around and a guy from Coolidge he had played ball with was also in Japan. He would always look around wherever he was because according to him, he went all the way to Japan and saw someone he knew.
After serving in the combat engineers in the Korean War, he was honorably discharged from the military and returned to Groesbeck. Raymond and Idell lived and raised their five children in Groesbeck. They provided a home filled with love and taught their children to be honest, hard-working and treat everyone with kindness.
After 41 years of marriage, Raymond became a widower, losing his wife suddenly to a heart attack. Raymond worked for years at the brickyard in Groesbeck. He also worked for Vayrow in Mexia and Curtis Mathis, making picture tubes for televisions. After the closing of the brickyard, Raymond began his career with the Marlin VA Hospital. He retired as a building management supervisor in 1995 after 24 years of dedicated service.
Raymond was active in the community, coaching baseball teams and umpiring games for many years. He was a fierce domino player, checker player and a avid fisherman who did not eat fish.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Gladys, W.J. “Shorty,” Ben and Paul “Jiggs.”
Those left to cherish his memory include Alfred Lee (Brenda) Jackson of Groesbeck, Raymond Carl (Maggie) Jackson Jr., of Dallas, Dwayne (Georgia) Jackson of Mexia, Vonda Kay (Herbert) Richardson of Desoto and Bridgett Rachell (Elgrick) Jackson-Tatum of Groesbeck; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Love of Dallas; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends; and special caregiver, Elgin Tatum.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home of Mexia is in charge of professional services. Visit www.pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest register.