Edgar Lee Jackson

It is written that when life begins it is like an open book with many blank pages. Each day as we live our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great getting up morning.
The pages of this book began for Edgar Lee Jackson when he was born to Edgar "Ben" and Lee Tatum "Dimp" Jackson on Jan. 8, 1951 in Groesbeck. He was the seventh child to their union. On May 5, 2014, this book ended when the Lord called Edgar to his sweet rest.
Edgar received his education from Blackshear Washington High. He later attended Prairie View A&M in Prairie View. Edgar left Prairie View in pursuit of a young lady (Bettie) he met at his mother’s teenage place during Christmas break his senior year. Their courtship began that summer and they were married the following fall on Nov. 29, 1969. The two of them shared their love for over 44 and a half years. They were inseparable. They even retired from their last jobs at the same time. To this union three children were born, Rolanda, Sandra and Windy.
Edgar was a very good athlete and loved to play and watch sports. When he stopped playing he began his journey as # 1 Paw Paw at all of his grandchildrens', nieces', nephews', cousins' and friends' athletic events. He became a faithful, God-fearing man that tried to share Jesus with everyone he met. He was a faithful and active member of Westside Church of Christ for over 35 years.
Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Willie Elmer Jackson; and one sister, Barbara D. Burns.
Edgar leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife, Bettie Jackson; five children, Le’Fredrick (Trina) Thomas of Groesbeck, Talanda White of Arlington, Rolanda (Willis) Ratcliff of Groesbeck, Sandra (John) McKnight of Crockett and Windy Roberts of Groesbeck; two sisters, Bennie McNeil and Beverly Smith of Groesbeck; two brothers, Willie Jackson of Groesbeck and Carl Jessie Jackson of Mexia; best friend, Norman (Lendia) Jackson of Mexia; special niece, Joyce Graves of Groesbeck; and god-daughter, Toni Jackson of Glenn Heights; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ, 203 S. Ellis in Groesbeck. Visitation will be held Friday, June 13, from 10 a.m.  to 7 p.m. at Pearly Gates Funeral  Home, 827 Hwy. 171 in Mexia.  
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