Richard Eugene Jackson

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Richard Eugene Jackson entered into God’s Rest at 1:18 on April 27, 2018.
He was born on January 16, 1928, in Fukuoka, Japan, the son of Southern Baptist Missionaries serving China. Political unrest in China had forced them to take temporary refuge in Japan at that time. Richard grew up in Wuxi, China not far from Shanghai. In 1940, as WWII was approaching, Richard’s mother brought her four children to the United States to live. His father was kept in China under house arrest until 1941 when he was released in a prisoner swap.
Richard met Trudie Wilcox, who would become the love of his life, in Brownwood, Texas. After attending the University of South Carolina at Columbia, South Carolina, Richard transferred to Howard Payne Baptist University at Brownwood.
Trudie was attending the University as well and on December 17, 1948, the two were married.
By this time, Richard had transferred to Texas A&M University and would graduate in May 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry.
Early in their marriage, Richard was employed by the Soil Conversation Service in Ballinger and was transferred to San Angelo in 1955. In 1963, he became the Water Supply Superintendent for the San Angelo Water Department where he worked until his retirement in 1994.
During this time he was also a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves, retiring in 1968.
Richard and Trudie raised two children in San Angelo, sending them both college at Angelo State University.
Richard was very active in the First Baptist Church of San Angelo, serving as a Deacon for decades. In 2016, Richard and Trudie moved to Ozona to live with their daughter and transferred their Church Membership to the First Baptist Church of Ozona. Richard was very active in the First Baptist Church of San Angelo, serving as a Deacon for decades. In 2016, Richard and Trudie moved to Ozona to live with their daughter and transferred their Church Membership to the First Baptist Church of Ozona. Richard was a quietly strong man who walked with God before his family, co-workers, and community. He had a true servant’s heart and would gladly help anybody with anything they needed. He and Trudie served wherever they could all their married life.
Richard is survived by his wife of 69 years, Trudie, his son and wife, Richard and Mary Jackson of Celeste, Texas, his daughter, Vicki Davis, of Ozona, his grandson Sean Davis of Corpus Christi and 9 nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Vivian Jackson of El Cerrito, California. A visitation for Mr. Jackson was held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 6-8 p.m at Johnson’s Funeral Home. A graveside service followed at Johnson’s Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. A memorial service was held the First Baptist Church in Ozona later that afternoon.

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