John Thomas “JJ” Jackson, III, 58, of Beaver Falls, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the Medical Center, Beaver, Pa. John was born December 22, 1959, in Beaver Falls, son of the late John T. “Big John” Jackson, Jr. and Katherine Joan White Jackson.
John was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Beaver Falls, where he was a member of the Gospel Descendants, Historical Committee, Sunday School, Missionary Society, and the Men’s Ushers. JJ was a graduate of BFHS Class of 1978 where he served as President. He also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he studied Communications and Law. He was employed as a Counselor Technician at Gateway Rehab Center, Moon Township, Pa., and previously employed by McDonalds Inc. as Manager for over twenty years. As a child he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, was a news carrier for the Beaver County Times and received various awards as such. He was also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Chapter. JJ sponsored countless men and women through Narcotics Anonymous. Through this work as a sponsor, his ministry developed in leading young men and women in recovery to Christ. He loved to laugh, encourage, and pray for others and he always greeted you with a hearty smile. He was known for dancing, singing, reading books, and watching TV endlessly “On Demand!”
John was preceded in death by his parents and maternal grandparents, Walter and Iola White; paternal grandparents, John and Annie Mae Jackson; and his brother, Jason Todd (Kool-aid) Jackson.
John is survived by his brother, Justin T. (Darlene) Jackson; two sisters, Jody Teresa Jackson and Deborah C. Miller; a host of nieces and nephews including William (Chill) Harris, Nicole Leak, Tyrell Jackson, Jurell Jackson, Taraya Jackson, Jordan Cannon, Alaysha Jackson and Jasmine Ware; and great-nieces and nephews including Carter, JaMi’, JaSi’, Adelina, and Jade. Also, surviving are three godchildren, Ascheley Brown, Jurell Jackson, and Paige Martin; two aunts, Gwendolyn Davis, and Minister Esther White; and godfather, Augustus Green.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018, followed by a Homegoing Service at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 630 Third Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, with the Reverend Dwight Banks officiating. Arrangements entrusted to WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIONS, 1411 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA.