Willie Mae Ellis Jackson was born to the late William “Bill” and Julia Ellis on December 12, 1936 in Calhoun County, SC. On January 4, 2019 God saw fit to call his faithful servant home for eternal rest.
Mrs. Jackson established a relationship with God at an early age, but was baptized as an adult at Friendly Baptist Church Bronx, NY, where she was a faithful member for 20 plus years.
Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Deacon Edward B. Jackson and her brother William “Bub” Ellis Jr.
While in New York Mrs. Jackson obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Bronx Community College and furthered her education at Lehman College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree. With the education she obtained Mrs. Jackson was the Charge Nurse for the Emergency Room at Manhattan Psychiatric Center. She was a dedicated and well respected woman that wanted to serve and help others in any way she could. After 27 years of service to those with mental Illness Mrs. Jackson retired.
Upon retirement she transitioned from hard working nurse to mighty missionary. Mrs. Jackson traveled to different countries around the world spreading the word of God and teaching others of His love and kindness. She enjoyed talking to others about the goodness of God and how He kept her over the years despite any adversities she faced and illnesses she suffered.
In 1996 she and her husband returned to their home of Florence, SC. This is when Mrs. Jackson started to attend Monumental Missionary Baptist Church where she was a dedicated and devoted member. Mrs. Jackson was an active part of the Praise Team, Senior Missionary and a cheerful giver to Pretty in Pink. She was later named one of the mothers of the church. This is a title and role that she held with pride and joy.
Mrs. Jackson leaves to cherish her loving and fond memories her five children: Franklin Ellis (Diana), Carol Knight (Mark), Theresa Jackson, LaTisha Jackson, DaNice Jackson. Nine grandchildren: Alaise Ellis, Franklin Ellis, Eric Ellis, Ebony Giles, Joe Giles (Shalanda), Jaquan Giles, Edward Giles, Tiffany J. Grant, Tameka Knight. Her precious thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Her sister Emma Ellis Feaster, cousin Pauline Lee and aunt Rebecca Ellis Jackson. Devoted friends Julia Davis and Dorothy McLaurin. Mrs. Jackson also leaves a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to carry on her beloved memories.