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Mrs. Annie Lee Powell Jackson was born on July 24, 1937 in Clover, South Carolina to the late Clarence Jesse Powell and Jesse Jackson Powell. She departed this life on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at ManorCare Health Services, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Mrs. Jackson retired as an Inspector from Garlock Industries, in Gastonia, North Carolina after 34 years of service. She graduated in 1957 from Roosevelt High School in Clover, South Carolina as Valedictorian of her high school class. Her Valedictorian Speech was entitled, “World Crisis In Christ”. After graduation, she received a full nursing scholarship to Tuskeegee Institute in Alabama. She did not accept the scholarship, choosing instead to stay in South Carolina to care for her ailing father and to marry the love of her life, Grady Lee. Jackson, Sr.

Annie Jackson was a member of Clover AME Zion Church in Clover, South Carolina, where she served as the Church Secretary for a period of time. After marriage, she joined, and was a faithful member of, The United House of Prayer in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Mrs. Jackson was a loving wife, mother, and friend. She always put her family first and stressed the importance of education. She and her loving husband, Grady Lee Jackson, Sr. ensured that each of their children were college educated. 
Besides her parents, Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Setzer; one brother, William Powell; three foster brothers, Samuel Love, James Armstrong and Woodrow Love.

Mrs. Jackson leaves to cherish her loving memories: two daughters; Kathleen Crenshaw (Melvin) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Elizabeth Jackson of Charlotte, North Carolina; one son, Grady Lee Jackson Jr., of Lynchburg, Virginia., two brothers: Reverend Wilfort Powell (Sarah) of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Grady Powell (Margaret) of York, South Carolina; two sisters: Gracie Powell and Mary Frances Jackson both of Clover, South Carolina; grandchildren- Marquise Thompson, Edward Ricks II, Joshua Ricks, Melvin Crenshaw, III, Jackson Crenshaw, Lance Jackson(Wilanda), Julian Jackson, Kyran Lathers (Elaysia) and great grandchildren, Paris Ricks, Londyn  Ricks, Zowei  Ricks, Milan Jackson, Ky’laysia Lathers and Kyran Lathers and other relatives and friends.


Funeral:  Saturday; August 25, 2018; 11:30 a.m.; Tabernacle Baptist Church-519 W. 19th Ave, Gastonia

Visitation: thirty minutes before the service at the church

Interment: Armstrong Cemetery, Gastonia
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  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez   AZ
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
    I am writing to express my condolence at the loss of your love one, we are looking forward to the time when the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing.”—1 Corinthians 15:26.