On September 23, 2013 KENNETH BEVERLY JACKSON , slipped away peacefully to God's kingdom. Kenneth was the eldest child of Pauline Jackson and the late Kenneth Jackson Sr.. He attended the Camden Public Schools and entered the US Navy in September 1961 from Paradise Lakes NJ where his family now resided.
At that time Kenneth was assigned to the United states Naval station at Long Beach California. During his years of active service he received the armed services expedition medal in Vietnam and was honorably discharged to the Naval Reserves in January 1966.
Kenneth was united in marriage to Ava Maxine Russell in October 1966. From this union there were two children, Sonya and Shawn. During this time Kenneth worked with the Wilmington Delaware Police before joining the airline (TWA) where he worked for several years in food service.
In his mid years Kenneth relocated to Camden and worked in the Camden Public School System in the maintenance department for ten years. He loved this job and often called it "my therapy." Much of his leisure time was spent visiting with his Aunt Emma and Uncle Thomas in Philadelphia as well as his favorite cousin, Leslie Thomas who predeceased him. Kenneth had another son, Kenneth Jackson during this time.
Kenneth retired in 2002 and relocated to Florida with his mother and other family members. During this time Kenneth had many health challenges but he leaned on his faith to nourish his journey. He had an infectious smile and a friendly disposition much of the time. He was independent until the past few years and enjoyed being in the company of family members and friends. Kenneth loved visiting Busch Gardens; watching the strolling bands, the rides, especially the roller coaster and most of all, eating good food.
Kenneth read his Bible on a daily basis and loved being called, his nickname, "Rev" by the people who were his care providers .He attended churches of many faiths and seemed to enjoy being with other worshippers regardless of their faith. Kenneth loved to walk and he explored much of St. Petersburg and Tampa on public transportation. He knew all the routes. As Kenneth's health declined some of his fondest moments were spent at the VA hospital in Bay Pines talking with other veterans as they waited for their medical appointments.
He leaves the graces of his strength and cherished memories to: his mother Pauline Jackson, his children Sonja, Shawn and Kenneth; four grandchildren; Christopher, Anthony, Justine, Sean and Courtney; four sisters Phyllis Akes(Robert) Anita Jackson, Michelle Mason(Timothy), Paula Rivers, (Robert); one brother Robert Jackson; two uncles, Robert Hickerson(Viola), Charles Hickerson(Blanche), two aunts; Betty water, a special aunt Peggy Fisher, special niece Victoria Barrett; special cousin, Martin Fisher; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, 3000 N 29th Street with visitation from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be Monday at 11:00 a.m.in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL.