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Marvene Davis Jackson, loving mother and grandmother, sister, aunt and servant of God, was born in Pansey, Alabama on May 22, 1928 to the late Lizzie and Shell Davis.
She went Seminole County High School in Donaldsonville, Ga and graduated in 1946. She continued her education at Alabama State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Art in 1952. Marvene went on to teach in the Dothan City School system for 31 years until she retired in 1985. She then continued to be a substitute in the Mobile County School system for another six years.
Marvene was a faithful servant at New Bethel Baptist Church and Patterson Street Baptist Church. She was also a faithful servant in her community and church and organized church, parent, and youth programs. She served on the Substance Abuse Board in the city of Dothan and organized a summer program call Parent-Partnership for Youth at Patterson Street Baptist church, to name a few. She also taught art classes, wrote poetry, mentored teens, taught vacation bible school, gathered supplies for the schools and she loved children.
Marvene had one brother Abraham Davis and three sisters: Creta Barber, Emogene Long, and Catherine Riley. Abraham and Catherine have passed on now to be with the Lord. She is survived by one daughter: Deborah Fra Edwards and one granddaughter, Carlisa Rochelle Edwards. She leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives who currently reside in Gordon and Dothan, Alabama and Buffalo, New York all of whom she loved dearly. We are still mourning the death of her nephew and our cousin, Charles Saffold who was very dear to our family and, those family members who just recently passed on: May Davis (Abraham’s wife), and JoAnn Meadows (niece), Sonya and Ronnie Long (niece and nephew).
Also, special in her life were her relatives: Margie Philyaw and Larry Jackson and their families who reside in Columbus Georgia. Marvene leaves behind a host of neighbors and friends who knew and loved her.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Vocational Assessment Staff at Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency for their gestures of kindness during our time of sorrow and grief for their kind acts and deeds have greatly brought comfort to Carlisa and I. May God’s blessings be bestowed upon you.
—-Deborah and Carlisa Edwards——-
Mother with Love
As we reflect on Motherhood,
We easily recall-
The loving deeds and caring ways,
Her time? She gave it all!
But, as we pray for her today,
Our thoughts, more loving still,
For her instructions, “Do you best”
And “Strive to do God’s will.”
Yes, we remember well, the words,
“Tummy in, shoulders back.”
“Put on a smile and show the world,
No social grace you lack!”
She, then, again reminded us
That all would be in vain,
If we’d succeed in anything,
Except in Jesus’ name!
Mom told us to look carefully-
Could we see a mistake?
She said we need to improve,
Each day, for Heaven’s sake.
“If Dad and I have done some things,
With which you don’t agree,
Consider them!” she’d say to us,
“Improve, try hard, and see.”
She constantly reminded us,
Only our best would do.
“Jesus Christ loves and cares,” she said,
“He is counting on you.”
Indeed, we are truly grateful,
That she her love did share.
But eternally we’ll thank her-
She pointed to God’s care!
-Marvene Davis Jackson
Memorial Graveside services for Mrs. Jackson will be 11:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Gates of Heaven Cemetery 2106 Starling Road Dothan, AL 36303. The family will receive friends at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be given in memory of Marvene Davis Jackson to either New Bethel Baptist Church or Patterson Street Baptist Church.
The Jackson Family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055, www.georgiacremation.com. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory below.