James Perry Jackson was born June 6, 1954 in Burnsville, NC to the late Theodore and Lucille Jackson. Perry, as his friends and family affectionately called him, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. As a young child, Perry attended Rock Hill Baptist Church where he accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. He transitioned to be with him on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Perry attended TC Roberson High school and later attended A-B Technical Community College receiving a certificated in Welding. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue the love of this life Melba Troyleana Jackson, his wife of 42 years. While in Los Angeles, he was a mechanic for Gillette Paper Mate and in 1987, relocated with his family to Asheville, NC where he worked for Schwitzer. Perry was an avid softball player, enjoyed cooking, time with family and friends, playing cards, and Dominoes. He was often called upon by members of his community to work home construction projects or to support with automotive needs. It was not unusual to find Perry and his grandson “Dude” cutting grass for the neighbors. He was an “angel on earth” and was definitely an “all-around” man of many special talents.
Perry was a member of H.B. Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church where he served his church and community well. He was a Church Trustee, lead the Food Ministry, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, gardened, and was always available to complete building repairs. He was devoted to studying the bible and worked hard to obey God’s commandments. Perry loved the Lord and his church.
He was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Wilma Williams (Booker); father-in-law, Robert Benton; brother, John Vance Jackson (Johnecee); sister-in-law, Cynthia Weaver.
He was survived by his caring and devoted wife Melba Troyleana Jackson; two children, Leslie Anne Jackson (Demetrius) of Atlanta, GA and Crystal Autumn Jackson-Baird (Bryant) of Asheville, NC; five grandchildren Jamari Jackson, Kiara Jackson, Diamond Jackson, Demetrius Jackson Jr of Atlanta, GA, and Bryant “Dude” Ray of Asheville, NC; father-in-law Otis Forney, Sr. of Monroe, NJ; two sisters, MaryAnn Jackson and Barbara Jones of Asheville, NC; three brothers-in-law Kevin Benton (Teri) of Los Angeles, CA, Otis Forney Jr, of Ewing, NJ and Scott Edwards of Greenville, NC; three sisters-in-law Robin Benton of Bellflower, CA, Lisa Walden (Michael) and Jewell LaPonte, of Piscataway, NJ; and a host of other close relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be 12:00 pm Saturday, February 15, 2020 at HB Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church.
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H.B. Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church
5 Palmer St., Asheville NC 28801