"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7. On April 3, 2014, Ray Arnold Jackson, 88, left his earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Funeral services are 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at the First Nazarene Church of Baton Rouge. Interment will follow in Sartinville Cemetery in Sartinville, MS. Visitation will be on Monday from 11:00 a.m. at the church until the service. Ray was born to Joseph James Jackson and Pinkie Belle Montgomery, on June 4, 1925, and grew up in Tylertown, MS. He was one of nine brothers and sisters living during the great depression. He served in the US Army during WWII under General George Patton's Third Army liberating thousands of towns in France, Belgium and Germany. He participated in the Siege of Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, Ray married his sweetheart Barbara Smith in 1954. They moved to Jackson, where he worked for Presto Manufacturing Company and raised their four children. They were married until her death in 1976. God brought Eula Mae Cheveallier and Ray together in 1977 and they resided in Baton Rouge. During their life together, he enjoyed church, gardening, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. They attended First Church of the Nazarene and were deeply loved by all who knew them. He served his church and our Lord by maintaining the church grounds for many years and planting a garden that was used to feed others. He is survived by two brothers and one sister; Joe Jackson (Montez), Prentiss Jackson (Frances) and Lucille Johnson. Daughters, Catherine Sartin (Danny) of Memphis, Connie Smith (Greg) of Baton Rouge, Paula Jackson (Charlie) of Tylertown and son Brad Jackson (Angela) of Kingston Springs, TN.; Step children Clint (Sue) Cheveallier, Jerry (Corky) Cheveallier, David Cheveallier and Martha Cheveallier Nesbitt; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 4 to Apr. 7, 2014