Obituary of Lavenia Jackson
CAYCE - The funeral service for the Dearly Beloved Lavenia McGee Jackson will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2010, at Trinity Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Donald P. Davis and Dr. Clayton Shumpert. Interment will follow in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 this evening at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Mrs. Jackson, widow of John Tillman Jackson, the love of her life, went to be with God in Heaven on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Born in Ward, SC, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Frontis McGee and Corrie Lynette Matthews McGee. Mrs. Jackson was homebound due to prolonged health reasons; she loved, and was loved by Trinity Baptist Church and all of its members. She was greatly appreciative of their care, compassion and support. Mrs. Jackson exemplified throughout her entire life her love of God and the love of her daughters, grandchildren and family. As a young girl being the eldest child, not only was she a sister to her three siblings, she was also a second mother to them, then and now. Mrs. Jackson was selfless and loved unconditionally, she was loved by everyone who knew her and returned that love. She and her daughters, Jean and Reva, were affectionately known as the """Golden Girls""". Her grandson, Joseph McGee Gordon, was the highlight of her life and she referred to him as her """walking heart.""" Surviving are her daughters, Johnette Shealy of Las Vegas, Jean Jackson Gordon and Reva Dianne Jackson both of Cayce; sister, Jeanette McGee Coulter (Jerry); brother, B.F. McGee (Eloise); three grandchildren, Joseph McGee Gordon, Phillip Shealy and Kimberlie Shealy. Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine White. Special thanks are extended to Dr. William Babcock and Dr. Bartlett Witherspoon, S.C. Oncology Associates and to Dr. Joseph A. Sheppe for their compassionate and loving care of Mrs. Jackson. Also special thanks to the staff of the Oncology Unit, Hospice Center, PCU, and Chaplain Darryl Hollenbeck with Palmetto Health Baptist. Serving as pallbearers will be her son-in-law, Jim Gordon, nephews and special friends.