Monday, April 13, 2020

Bessie Gladys Hailey Jackson

Bessie Gladys Hailey Jackson, 101, the first child of John Everett and Bessie Hailey, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. She was born on June 19, 1918, and attended school at Mount Harmony and Central Schools in Kemper and Winston counties. She had fond memories of riding a horse to a one room, one teacher school with friends and relatives. Gladys married Earl Jackson in 1933 and they were happily married for 63 years until his death in 1996. They had two children, Jane Jackson Livingston and Tommy Jackson.

The Jacksons lived in the corner of Winston, Kemper, and Noxubee counties where they farmed cotton and cattle, had a general store, ran a cotton gin, and later added a trucking and fertilizer business, all within a half mile of where she was born. Gladys was an active club member in home demonstration work and produced needle work, clothing items and cooked goods. She taught Sunday school, Bible School, and worked with the youth for many years at Lynville Methodist Church and was a member of Coy Methodist Church for over 30 years. In addition to trying new recipes, fishing, gardening, and sewing, Gladys was an avid reader, daily reading the Bible and devotionals. Her life spanned two World Wars, the Great Depression, many moon landings, automobile development and the invention of the television, computers and so much more. During the celebration of her 100th birthday, she was presented with a Special Proclamation from the Mississippi House of Representatives and read a congratulatory letter from the President and Mrs. Trump. She spent her entire life in service to the church and others: her mother, her Uncle Bryant, her father, her children, her grandchildren, and her husband. Her Christian walk has been a shining example for all of them and all who knew her.

Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Jackson, her parents, J. E. and Bessie Hailey, and two brothers Edward Hailey and Paul Hailey. She is survived by her daughter Jane Livingston (Gene) of Carthage, MS, and son Tommy Jackson (Beth) of Preston, MS; grandchildren Susan Livingston Flowers (Bowen), Tim Livingston (Callie), Jennifer Jackson Bond (Chad), and Leigh Jackson Yates (Jesse); and great-grandchildren Anderson Flowers, Thomas Yates, Katherine Yates, and Henry Yates. Lovingly known as Mama Gladys, she loved and cared for her family above all else.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m. at Hailey-Richey Cemetery in Preston for immediate family. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Lee, Bobby Moody, Eddy Lee, Karen Hailey Corkern, Rhett Hailey, and Kent Hailey. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hailey-Richey Cemetery Fund, 1421 County Line Road, Preston, MS 39354.

A special thank you is given to Sta-Home Health and Sta-Home Hospice Services of Philadelphia and Carthage for their excellent and loving care.

Services are under the direction of Nowell Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at