by David Shannon
Sue Jackson was a jewel of a lady. She had lived long enough to see many changes. The year she was born the House of Representatives rejected the proposal to give women the right to vote and the year she passed a woman is running for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. She had experienced much during her life. She was a teenager during the Great Depression in which her family lost their farm. She had seen both World Wars. She was born just outside of Baxter, Tennessee sharing the first born order of birth with her twin who died just before her two year old birthday. Being the oldest she knew her share of sorrow as six of her ten brothers and sisters died before adulthood. Even though she was the oldest, she also was the last of them to pass from this earth. In 1980 her husband died. Many might have turned sour or pessimistic due to so many losses, but instead Mrs. Sue continued to be a sweet, compassionate and faithful.
Brenda Bryant, the daughter of Sue is proof that she was a great mother. Sue and J.D. Jackson met through a neighbor and friend. They married June 28, 1950. Sue was 34 and J.D. was 39. Brenda was born as a premature baby within their first year of marriage. Sue stopped working at a shirt factory in Cookeville to raise her little girl. Benda describes Sue as “the best mother.” In 1980 when J.D. passed away Sue made a big decision that proved to be wise and beneficial for the rest of her life. Sue and her late son-in-law, David Bryant were discussing what would be best for her to do at this point in her life. They discussed her moving from Cookeville and buying a house in Mt. Juliet in order to be closer to the Bryans. When she suggested she could add on a house connected to the Bryants home, David agreed that would be a wonderful plan. Sue also had an aging sister-in-law who had never married who needed family to care for her. The addition provided a home for Sue on the main level and the other lady on the lower level. Each level had bedrooms, kitchens and living space. David and Brenda’s son, Jason was about seven years old when they moved into their new home. This was a blessing for Jason. Sue now could play with her grandson every day. She would play ball in the summer and build snowmen in the winter.
Sue loved to garden, cook, sew and reading. She loved to read her Bible each evening. She grew up in a religious home where God’s word was studied. When she and J.D. began dating she began attending the church of Christ with him. She always said, “I felt like the preacher was preaching to me.” She became convinced she hadnâ€™t been baptized as taught in the scriptures. In the mid 1950s she was baptized and continually served her Lord until her end. Her family was not supportive, but her faithfulness to God was more important. That is true loyalty to the Lord! The question is not what do we believe today, but if we learn tomorrow something we need to do to conform to God’s word, would we do it? Thank God Sue Jackson was wholly committed to God. It is by faith we believe things are better for her than they have ever been. A beloved, faithful servant of Our Lord quietly passed through death’s door to gain her eternal prize! Another reason to look forward to the great reunion in Heaven.
Our deepest sympathy to Brenda and Jason and the rest of the family. May the God of all comfort continue to be with you.