BISHOPVILLE -- Deacon Silas Jackson, 79, husband of Mrs. Leathia W. Jackson, departed his life on Wednesday morning, April 27, 2005.

Born Sept. 9, 1925, to the late Coleman and Bertha Jackson, Deacon Jackson accepted Christ at an early age, becoming a member of Jerusalem Stuckey Baptist Church.

He was educated in the public schools of Lee County and furthered his education in Paterson, N.J.

Deacon Jackson became a member of the U.S. Army where he served in many capacities. He was honorably discharged as a T-5 sergeant and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, a Good Behavior Medal and the World War II Veteran Award.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military, he moved to Paterson where he completed his education as an "upholstery professional." He worked for 27 years with Curry Pipe Company as foreman and Paterson Health Clinic for 12 years as clinic supervisor.

Deacon Jackson continued his Christian experiences in New Jersey where he became a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and there was ordained as a deacon. After retiring from his occupations, he returned home to Bishopville and continued his Christian experiences at Jerusalem Stuckey Baptist Church where he served as a deacon until his illness.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Jackson and sister, Naomi Jackson Johnson; son-in-law, Leroy Demary and mother-in-law, Minnie Soney.

He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 47 years, Leathia W. Jackson; a daughter, Bertha J. Demary; an aunt, Blanche (Blease) Peterson of Lydia; five sisters-in-law, Mary Tomlin of Wilmington, N.C., Sadie Bell Josey of Sumter, Elouise Copeland, Pricilla Bing, both of Bishopville, Lucy Toney of Plainfield, N.J.; two brothers-in-law, Walter Copeland of Bishopville and Jimmie Toney of Plainfield; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Mark Baptist Church with the Rev. W.C. Wilks delivering the eulogy.

Burial will be in the Davis Cemetery.

Boatwright Funeral Home, 113 Harlem St. in Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.