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1786 Smithville Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone: (931) 738-8549
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James Merle

April 26, 1939 – October 1, 2018

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Obituary for James Merle Jackson

Funeral Services for Merle Jackson, age 79, will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. from the chapel of Oak Lawn Funeral Home with burial in Old Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11:00 am until time of services. Mr. Jackson died on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He was born April 26, 1939 in Brotherton, TN to the late Herman Clay and Maudie Jones Jackson. Mr. Jackson enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He also loved antique cars, dancing, and spending time with his family.

His family includes his daughter and son-in-law Lu-Wanna and Tommy Baggett of Louisville, KY and daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Richard Alverson of Lake Mary, FL; one brother Jim Tom Jackson of Logansport, IN, thirteen grandchildren, Nick Hargrove, Michelle Alverson, Jason Alverson, C.J. Simpson, James Farley Baggett, Kati Baggett, Brittany Gary, Ashley Williams, Charles Norris, Lanae Usie, Michael Usie, Matt Norris, and Traeson Usie and nineteen great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Jackson and sister, Paunee Price. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Earl Alverson will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be sent to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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Old Zion Cemetery
Sparta, TN