GABLE - Ralph Singleton Jackson, 88, widower of Olivia McFaddin Jackson, died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter.
Born on March 17, 1929, in Manning, he was a son of the late Moultrie Reid Jackson and Anna Singleton Jackson. He was a 1950 graduate of Clemson University, where he was a company commander for his senior platoon. He was a sharp shooter instructor for the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 149 for 66 years and farmed in the Clarendon County community. He was a former high school and Sunday school teacher. He served the Sardinia Presbyterian Church as an Elder Emeritus.
He is survived by three daughters, Anna Jackson Floyd (Ronnie) of New Zion, Lisa Jackson Mayes (Jim) of Mayesville and Olivia Jackson Ortmann (Jody) of Sumter; eight grandchildren, Amanda F. McConnell (Joe), Elizabeth M. Hyatt (John), Abbie F. Kirby (Allen), Katie Mayes, Sallie Ortmann, Anna Ortmann, Catherine Ortmann and James E. Mayes III; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and two sisters, Moultrie Richard Jackson, Thomas Jehu Jackson, William Joseph Jackson, Eunice Miriam Epperson, Willford Stuckey Jackson, Edna Earl Hinson, Rudolph Jackson, Scott Harmon Jackson, Carl Frank Jackson and Robert Edward Jackson.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Sardinia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Jolly, the Rev. Dr. Gordon K. Reed and the Rev. John Dodd officiating. Burial will follow at Sardinia-Gable Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Jackson, Bill Jackson, Tommy Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Bobby Jackson, Mike Epperson, Robert Jackson, Danny Hall, Dessie O'Bryan and Mack Miles.
Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of Sardinia Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Sardinia Presbyterian Church, 1386 Garland Road, New Zion, SC 29111.
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org
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