Jane Wallace Gibbs Jackson

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

In Memoriam

Jane Wallace Gibbs Jackson

Mrs. Jackson died at her home on June 13, 2014 after an extended illness.

She was born in Rocheport, Missouri December 22, 1920, but was raised in Columbia, Missouri, Houston, Missouri and Pleasant Hill, Missouri before moving to Cullman, Alabama as a sophomore in college.  She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School.  Mrs. Jackson earned her undergraduate degree in Home Economics from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, which is now known as Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama.  She earned her Master’s degree in Childhood Development and Family Relationships from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi.  Mrs. Jackson, children Cindy and George spent one summer in the Ole Miss family dorm during her study.  Cindy and George had an amazing summer while their mother studied.

Jane Wallace taught Home Economics in Hanceville, Alabama, (where she met Woody), Mantachie, Mississippi, and Itawamba Junior College.  The family moved to Paris, Tennessee and she taught kindergarten there. 

Woody’s work prompted a move to Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked as a tax examiner for the Internal Revenue Service.

Being the wife of a USDA employee necessitated quite a few moves.  In all of her home towns, she was very involved with her churches in many capacities.  She was active in Federated Women’s Clubs, the Girl Scouts of America at many levels, and the Boy Scouts of America as a den mother.  She was a “swim mom” for many years when Cindy and George swam competitively in Mississippi.  She was a “swim grandmother” for Sarah when she swam with Pilot Aquatic Club of Knoxville and summer swimming with the Sevierville Stingrays.

Jane Wallace was a member of First Baptist Church in Sevierville where she participated in the Bell Choir and helped in the distribution process of the newsletter.  When more sophisticated equipment was employed to take care of the newsletter, she became active in the Care ministry until her health would no longer permit.  She was very active in her Sunday School Class, the Dave Tino class, which evolved into the Chuck Sexton Class.  For many years she was chairperson of the benevolent committee.  This group served food that the class members lovingly prepared for families of deceased class and church members.  Jane was a member of the prayer group, “Standing in the Gap” until her health deteriorated.

Jane and Woody were charter season ticket holders for the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team and rarely missed a game until her health deteriorated.  She was a Master Gardener and a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association.  When she reached her 50th anniversary as an Auburn graduate, she was inducted into the Golden Eagle Society.

In addition to enjoying many wonderful trips, Jane was never satisfied with status quo.  She never tired of planning face lifts for her retirement home.  “This keeps me young,” she said.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents Wallace and Leila Royston Gibbs of Cullman, Alabama, and her sister and brother-in-law Charlotte Royston Gibbs Thompson and James Thompson, also of Cullman, Alabama.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-three plus years Woody Jackson; children Cindy Jane Jackson Morton (Dr. Steve Morton) of Sevierville, Dr. George Woody Jackson (Cary Owen Jackson) of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; granddaughters Sarah Ellen Morton Narjes (Kyle Narjes) of Denver, Colorado, Emma Marie Jackson of Cherokee Village, Arkansas; grandson Benjamin Gibbs Jackson, Cherokee Village, Arkansas;  surrogate granddaughters, Alaina and Sarah Winters of Chattanooga, Tennessee; brother, Dr. Sydney Royston Gibbs (Clarice Smith Gibbs) of Birmingham, Alabama and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Special thanks goes to the University of Tennessee Hospice program (Carolyn Wear and Florence Hayden) and the Home Instead ladies, special caregivers Eunice Reagan, Ann McMahan and Faye McGinnis.

Jane was surrounded by many special friends, including Ray and Tammy Johnson, Bob and Lois Brooks, James and Carolyn Powell, Don and Kathleen Van Orsdale, Ed and Christi Ponder, and especially Becky Winters.

Pall Bearers will be Ben Jackson, Kyle Narjes, Seth Thompson, Paul Thompson, Ray Johnson, Bill Mackebee, Chris Moore, Joshua Moore and Ed Ponder.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Jim Pullen, Bruce Hinkley, and Sydney R. Gibbs, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church Park Road Recreation Center, 317 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862  or please do something nice for someone.

Funeral service is 12 p.m. Tuesday in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Hyder and Rev. Scott Andrews officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.