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4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


Annie Fair Shumate Jackson

March 16, 1935March 14, 2020

Annie Shumate Jackson, the youngest of four daughters, was born on March 16, 1935 to Clyde and Margaret Gardner Shumate of Greenville, South Carolina. Ann was an honor student at Sterling High School, where she was in choir and served as head majorette. Ann matriculated to Clark College in 1953 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. In 1954, she became a member of the Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ann received her master’s degree in Education from Atlanta University in 1964 and completed post graduate work at New York University.

Ann was married to Ira L. Jackson for 30 years and had two children, Lynn Jackson Stafford and Ira L. Jackson, Jr. Ann’s greatest joy was being a mother. She taught her children to love God and learning, and to work hard and respect all people. Ann did not meet a stranger and was fiercely independent. As a teacher in DeKalb County and Atlanta Public Schools, she taught social studies and math, and never raised her voice. She worked with the Girls Club and Economic Opportunity Atlanta before joining the state government. Ann served as a Child Care Consultant with the Division of Family & Children Services and retired after 30 years of service. She enjoyed travel, wine tasting, and playing contract bridge. She was a member of the Casual Clique Bridge Club, the 160s, and the Sister Girls. She especially enjoyed watching her four grandchildren grow and prepared Sunday brunch for them for years. She was blessed to see them mature into young adults and was very proud of their unique talents and individuality.

Ann was a parishioner of the Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church for more than 30 years. She was active in the St. Margaret Mary Circle and the Adoration Chapel Guardians, and served on the Funeral Committee as a Eucharistic minister. Ann loved the quiet of the early Mass, her pew partners, and the Lord.

She is survived by her daughter Lynn Jackson Stafford and son Ira Jackson Jr., son-in-law Patrick Stafford, daughter-in-law Sonya Joi Bacote Jackson, granddaughters Jordan Bacote Jackson of Washington, DC, Maegann Elizabeth Stafford of Atlanta, and Ryan Shumate Jackson of New York City, grandson Toren Jackson Stafford of Nashville, sister Bobbie Louise Fuller, niece Renee Banks, and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, 10:00am, Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church, 2699 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia.


  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 19, 2020


Annie Fair Shumate Jackson

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Billie Greenwell

March 18, 2020

To Lynn, Ira and each member of Anne's Family: Your Mom had such a sweet spirit. Generous with her easy smile, supportive of her friends, quick to give. compliments to those she knew well or casually - a lady in the ever changing social times of this Millennium. Although in recent years we did not often see one another, on those occasions when we met our greetings were always in a manner that reflected our on-going friendship. I will miss my Soror's presence ... and will continue to hold her memory with fondness until we meet again.
You have my and Lisa's profound condolences during this phase of "The Cycle of Life.
Billie Curry Greenwell

preston weaver

March 18, 2020

Ann & I were co-workers for a number of years at DFCS. Wonderful woman of compassion. Deepest condolences for the family

Demetria Sample

March 18, 2020

I was Ms Ann's hairstylist, and she was one of my favorite clients. Most of my clients knew her and loved her also. She had a very sweet spirit and genuine personality. She really touched my life, and will truly be missed.

Idara Bassey

March 17, 2020

Wishing the Jackson Family peace, comfort and strength in the midst of this season of loss and remembrance. May God be with you in this hour and the days and nights to come.