Bennie Joe Jackson, age 87, of Murray, Kentucky, died Friday, November 13, 2020, at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Jackson was born August 9, 1933 in Henry County, Tennessee to the late Dorris S. Jackson and Opal Coleman Jackson.
He graduated from Cottage Grove High School in Cottage Grove, Tennessee, after which he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to work for Cleveland Diesel and start his family. After seven years, he came home to Calloway County, Kentucky where he worked in automobile sales, mechanics, and Service Manager for Purdom Motors. Mr. Jackson also served Calloway County as a Deputy Sheriff and farmed for many of his years in the area. He retired from the Weakley County Tennessee School System in the Head Start transportation system, and prior to that was "Mr. Bennie" to many students in the Murray City Schools as he drove the bus for Head Start and many extracurricular activities.
Mr. Jackson enjoyed a lifetime of fox hunting, rabbit hunting, fishing and gardening and the joy for him was to share those times with family and friends. He was a member of the Glendale Road Church of Christ.
Preceding him in death were his parents, an infant brother, and his sister, Sue Jackson Fuqua.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Grissom Jackson of Murray, Kentucky, whom he married on June 1, 1996 in Palmersville, Tennessee; two daughters, Patricia Ward and husband Gary of Hazel, Kentucky, Kathy Hargrove and husband Bob of Murray, Kentucky; son, Mark Jackson of Mayfield, Kentucky; two step daughters, Joleen Aeschliman and Judy Riesgo, and two step sons, Rick Aeschliman and Robert Aeschliman all of California; two brothers, Glenn Jackson and wife Fredda, and Don Jackson, both of Paris, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, Chad Ward, Stephanie Ward, Jessi Williams and husband Jacob, T.J. Hargrove and wife Brittany, Sara Campbell and husband Corde, Emily McReynolds and Alan Jackson; also 10 step grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and six step great-grandchildren survive.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020 with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Garry Evans will officiate, and burial will follow in the Walker Cemetery in Henry County, Tennessee. Arrangements are with J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
Expressions of sympathy can go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 or Suicide Prevention Coalition of Calloway County, P.O. Box 107 Murray, Kentucky 42071.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.