Riley Jackson, Sr.


Riley “Big Man” Jackson was born on March 24, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Mr. and Mrs Robert and Louise Curry Jackson. He accepted Christ at an early age. Everybody knew him by Big Man. Big Man was a Big Man. Whatver came to mouth…. Came out. He touched a lot of people withhes sense of humor and the people loved him for that. They would all say, Big Man is crazy. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Air Force. He fought in the Korean War. He worked at a steel company call The Crane Company until they moved out of state. In 1980 he decided to move to Alabama with his family where his identical twin lived. After moving to Alabama, he found work at a textile mill, Russell Corpoeration in Alexander City, Alabama. He worked there for 13 years until he retired.

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 5:17am at OSU East Hospital, he answered the call of his Father. He was preceded in death by his parenst: Robert and Louise Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, three brothers Robert Jackson and Johnny Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, his identical twin Roger Jackson of Alexander City, Alabama, his one and only sister Alice Reeves of Grand Rapids, Michigan, two special uncles Early Curry of Chicago, Illinois and C.L. Curry of St. Louis, Missouri.

He leaves a loving and cherished wife: Marie L Jackson of Columbus, Ohio, three sons Riley Jackson, Jr., of Decatur, Illinois, Randy Jackson of Columbus, Ohio and Darryl Jackson of Chicago, IL, daughters Colleen Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, Rosie Reeves (Eland) of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cynthia (James) Wyckoff of Alexander City, Alabama, and Roncia (Julius) Morgan of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters in law Virginia Thorpe of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Flora King of Chicago, Illinois, and Maggie Jackson of Gulf Port, Mississippi, two brothers in law James King of Chicago, Illinois, Eugene King of Hammond, Indiana, twenty six grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, five special friends Albert Daniels, Smiley Davis, Ted Russell, Akaris Daniels and Mary Glenn of Alexander City, Alabama and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and friends

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