|Dr. Moses Thomas Jackson, Sr. was born October 21, 1928 to the union of Mr. Timothy Jackson and Mrs. H. Terry Denton Jackson. A native of Opelousas, he received his early education in the public schools of St. Landry Parish. He received his collegiate and theological degrees from Wiley College and Gammon Theological Seminary.
His pastorates included: Mallalieu, Lafayette; St James, New Iberia; Trinity, Crowley; Briggs, Abbeville; Warren, Lake Charles; Bethany, New Orleans. He served as District Superintendent of the former New Iberia and Baton Rouge-Lafayette Districts. He was again appointed pastor of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in June, 1986.
Dr. Jackson has served on the district and conference levels in the areas of missions, higher education and campus ministry, and finance and administration. He also served on the Committee on Episcopacy.
Among the many awards and citations he has received are the Foreman-Reynaud YMCA Man of the Year Award, the NAACP Merit Award, the “Community Involvement” Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Early Risers Kiwanis Minister of the Year Award and the General Board of Discipleship Cross and Flame Award for the support of scouting at Camphor.
He was a former President of the Ecumenical Council on Youth Involvement and served on the boards of North Baton Rouge Community Center, Louisiana Moral and Civic Foundation, and Volunteers in Public Schools. A United States Veteran, he served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in 1953. He departed this life on Thursday, April 2, 1992.
Dr. Jackson was a kind and gentle man. He went about his work in a quiet manner, but no one could underestimate the impact he made on the lives of those he touched. He was proud to be in ministry. He spent time on occasions reminiscing about the churches he had served and the joy he experienced along the way. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will be remembered as a great pastor and leader, a loyal and kind friend, and a true Christian gentleman.
He leaves to cherish precious memories his wife, Charlie Mae; four sons, Freeman, Timothy, Moses, Jr., and Kelvin; four daughters, Ramona, Novella, Sonja, and Taneeka; five brothers, Oliver R. Jackson and James C. Jackson of Opelousas, Henry V. and Frank E. Jackson of Houston, Texas and John M. Jackson of Oakland, California; four sisters-in-law; Ruth and Catherine of Opelousas, Willie Mae and Lillie Jackson of Houston, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1992, p. 221 By Reverend Roger D. Lathan|