Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson
Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson died Aug. 6, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Groesbeck Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 15, from noon to 7 p.m. Pastor Charles Chashaw will be eulogist, with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery in the Doyle Community.
Jackson was born Sept. 1, 1949 in Limestone County, the second child born to Katie Ruth Graves and Sherman Lee Graves Sr.
Dorothy Nell confessed to Christ at an early age, attending Lone Star, Webb Chapel, and later Andrew Chapel, where she was a dedicated member, Sunday School teacher and Christian leader until her health began to fail.
Dorothy Nell graduated from Washington High, where she participated and excelled in various activities. After high school she relocated to Dallas, where she married Clearance “Tramp” Jackson, and to this union two children were born, Shelia Graves-Brown and Christopher Graves.
Upon her husband's death she moved back to Groesbeck, where she met the late Bill Mitchell, and to their relationship was born one child, Gabriel ”Koothie” Jackson. During her time in Groesbeck, Nell worked various jobs, and later she became employed at the Mexia State School, where she worked for 17 years and from which she retired.
Dorothy Nell will best be remembered for her laughter and smile, that were one of a kind. It was the kind of laughter from which you could tell who it was without seeing who it was. She was one who wore a smile no matter what the situation was. Dorothy was one who loved cartoons of yesterday, and during her time of illness, the movie "King Kong" was what she would watch every day. Dorothy Nell was a kind, gentle, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, friend and devoted child of God, to all who knew her. “Smile on," Dorothy Nell, "Smile on.” Heaven is now your new home.
Dorothy Nell was preceded in death by her parents; first husband; three brothers, Clearance “Pete” Graves, Wilmer Earl Graves and William Ray “Pokey” Graves; and a grandson, Justin Shaun Canada.
Dorothy Nell leaves in loving memory her husband, Harvey Joe Brooks; one daughter, Shelia (Thomas) Brown; two sons, Christopher Graves and Gabriel “Koothie” Jackson, all of Waco; five brothers, Sherman L. Graves Jr., Michael A. Graves and Timothy W. Forge, all of Groesbeck, Marvin Graves, of Dallas, and Kerry Cook, of Killeen; six sisters, Karrie (Edward) Wiley and Jeanette Forge, of Groesbeck, Gloria Graves, Marilyn Graves and Geneva (Don) Graves, all of Waco, and Shirley Graves, of Corsicana; five grandchildren, Joseph West, Imari Jackson, Ki’Yana Jackson, Emarion Jackson and Eriel Jackson; four aunts, Peggy Forge, Fannie B. Randall and Rosetta Ray, all of Groesbeck and Mary "Sista” Graves of Waco; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pearly Gates Funeral Home is in charge of professional services for Dorothy Nell Graves Jackson. Visit pearlygatesfuneralhome.org to sign the guest book.