Thomas Ray Jackson
August 12, 1952 – May 18, 2020
Thomas "Thom" Ray Jackson
Thomas “Thom” Ray Jackson passed away on May 18, 2020 in Stockbridge, GA after suffering several strokes. He was born on August 12, 1952 in Elizabethton, TN to the late Raymond and Eleanor Jackson.
Thom spent most of his youth in the Atlanta, GA area. After graduating from Gordon High School, he attended Atlanta Christian College. Thom served in the ministry starting at Forest Park Christian Church in Forest Park, GA as a youth minister. He also served as a youth minister at Villa Rica Christian in Villa Rica, GA. He served as associate minister to New Smyrna Christian Church in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Returning home to Georgia, he held ministries at Temple Christian Church and Seven Hills Christian Church in Rome, GA. He then served as minister to the Surfside Christian Church in Surfside Beach, SC where he completed his fulltime ministry after his first stroke. He continued to serve the Lord as a part-time minister and or fill-in basis even with his disabilities. Over the years Thom had maintained close relationships with friends he made during his ministries. He also made lasting friendship at the churches he served. Mark Buckner was in Thom’s first youth group at Forest Park. As Mark married and had children, he maintained that friendship and was one of Thom’s closest friends. Another lasting relationship was the people of the Buckeye Christian Church in East Dublin, GA where Thom was an interim minister and over the years returned to hold revivals or to just fill in when they needed him. He counted the people of Buckeye as family. Too many to mention were Christian Church Ministers who were close friends.
Thom is survived by his sister, Anne Watkins (Henry) and their children, Tammy and Wes; brother, Stephen Jackson (Jane) and their children, Lara, Joel (Christy), and Sara (Rick); brother, Tim Jackson (Nancy) and their children, Taylor (Jenna) and Casey (Daniel); great-nieces and nephews, Emily (James), Alex, Mikayla, Emma, Archer, Liam, Stone, Saige, Sawyer, Charles, and Ella; his aunts, Beverly Gill (Earl) and Marian Hatfield; and the many friends he made over his years in his ministries.
Thom is preceded in death by his loving parents; and his niece Tina Jackson Latimer.
Thom returned to Georgia from the ministry in Florida to help with the care of his elderly parent; something for which his siblings will forever be grateful. As Thom watched or heard the news, he would often quote the words to a song “this world is not my home”. He was ready to meet the Lord. Due to the pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Thom didn’t want any service but said if there was one to just say “Thom has gone home”.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998. In the memo line put for the Raymond & Eleanor Jackson Scholarship Fund in loving memory of Thom Jackson.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Thomas Ray Jackson
May 23, 2020
nous avons connus TOM à Myrtle Beach , nous allions toutes les semaines à la messe avec nos amis américains , le café avec les petits gateaux , et les repas que nous avions pris ensemble . il restera à jamais dans nos pensées (et zut j'ai les larmes aux yeux ) .
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May 23, 2020
Thom was there for me when my husband passed away, he was caring and loving, and I know he rejoice now, because he is finally home. You will be missed
Don and Billie Newton
May 22, 2020
Thom, you will be missed. It was always a pleasure seeing you at church. I know you are happy and healthy now. May God continue to bless your family during this difficult time.
May 22, 2020
Dear Jackson family.
I want to share my prayers for your family. Even though I have lost contact with Thom over the years, I have thought of him often. Where it is true, it takes a village, Thom was part of my village. I first met him when he was youth minister at Bethel Christian Church. Where through the years at A.C.C. we continue to be friends. We shared a ministry at a little church in Suwanee, Ga. where he would leave me learning what he taught me. I often considered Thom in many ways as my "Paul " in my ministry. He was a friend, a mentor and someone who had a big influence on my life. I will always be grateful for God introducing me to Thom Jackson. It is Thom not Tom as I will always remember him saying that. May God bless you all.
May 21, 2020
Tim and family, Thom was such a wonderful person! My momma always enjoyed him eating with us and loved him like her own. I always enjoyed his little songs that he came up with to help you remember scripture! My favorite ones are 1 John 4:7-8 and Micah 6:8. He will continue to have a special place in my heart! Sure gonna miss him! Continued prayers for all of you.