Rev. J. D. Jackson was born at Clinton, La., March 15, 1861; was happily converted May 28, 1879; and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Olive Branch, East Feliciana Circuit, Mississippi Conference. He immediately commenced holding prayer meetings in the community, which were attended with success and profit.
He was strongly impressed from the moment of his surrender to the blessed Savior of his call to preach the gospel, and was licensed to preach at Manassa, East Feliciana, September 12, 1880.
He was married March 16, 1882, to Miss Tanie L. Reames.
He served the church efficiently and acceptably, in the capacity of a local preacher, four years; was employed by the presiding elder to supply the Livingston Mission, which post he held in 1882 and 1882. In 1884 he was on the Grosse Tete and False River Circuit, Louisiana Conference, in connection with Rev. F. G. Hocutt.
He was recommended by the Grosse Tete Quarterly Conference to the Louisiana Annual Conference and was received in to the Conference at Minden, January 11, 1885.
He was appointed, in connection with Rev. M. C. Manley, as junior preacher to Vermillion and Rayne work, which was subsequently divided by the Presiding Elder, Rev. C. Keener, and he was assigned to Vermillion and Kimball’s Chapel. In 1886 and 1887 he was appointed to the Opelousas charge, where he finished his course, July 25, 1887.
As a preacher, Bro. Jackson was earnest and impressive, aiming always at the heart of his auditors and expecting immediate effects to attend the faithful preaching of the gospel. He never entered the pulpit without fervently entreating the presence of the Holy Spirit, both in his illuminating and sanctifying power, believing every human effort would prove ineffectual and abortive, however earnest and orthodox, if destitute of supernatural influence and agency.
Sunday, previous to his triumphant exit on Monday, he said to his weeping wife, “This is the last night I shall spend with my family.” On Sister Jackson interrogating him concerning his future prospects, he said, with his last gasping breath, “There”—meaning in heaven.
Thus, when the chariot descended, he was ready; and, through the trackless ether, on flying wheel and burning axle, he sped away, leaving behind earth, sun and constellation, for the Golden City; and, entering the gates of solid pearl, his fiery wheel and flaming steed stood still within walls of jasper, garnished with all manner of precious stones, while redeemed spirits came, joined by the angelic host, welcoming him to celestial companionship forever.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1887|