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John Murray Jackson

Friday, April 29, 2005

John Murray Jackson, 84, of rural Slater, died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at Rehoboth Cemetery in Slater. Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. Pallbearers will be Charlie Guthrie, James Harris, Arvin Johnson, Butch Johnson, Kevin Dryer and Jeff Dryer. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.

Born Dec. 10, 1920, in Blackburn, he was the son of the late John P. and Irma Long Johnson. On Aug. 15, 1982, in Miami, Okla., he married Darlene Gilliam Johnson, who survives of the home. He was a member of the Christian church in Columbia and Trilumia Lodge No. 205 in Marshall. He owned and operated Jackson Appliance in Marshall and Slater for a number of years and later served for 20 years as vice president of the propane division of MFA, Inc., in Columbia before his retirement. He also farmed.

Additional survivors include two sons, William Jackson and John Jackson, both of Columbia; three stepsons, Richard Johnson of Gilliam, Edward "Butch" Johnson of Gilliam and Arvin Johnson of Otterville; two stepdaughters, Linda Wiseman of Blue Springs and Trinket Harris of Miami; one sister, Betty Holt of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and one grandson.