Johnnie Mae Jackson (Harrison) departed this life on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. She was born to the late Nick and Gertrude (Robertson) Harrison on September 9, 1937.
Johnnie Mae grew up in Winnsboro, S.C., where she met the love of her life Eddie Jackson Jr. (Pop) at a church function. They were married on December 23, 1953, there she worked on the “Jackson” farm. She moved to Connecticut in the late 1950’s, to help care for her brother Tom and sister-in- love Gloria in the rearing of their children who loved and adored her to this day.
She was later employed at Royal Typewriter and C-Thru-Ruler. After the jobs in manufacturing Johnnie Mae decided she needed a career shift, she just was not satisfied. Johnnie Mae went to school for a Nurses Aide program and received her certification. She was happy and content for after all she loved helping others. A trait she passed on to all her children, she landed a position at Wintonbury Health Care. She continued in the field of nursing until her health started to decline.
Johnnie Mae served in the Church; This was instilled in her from a small child, often speaking of the Sunday morning prayers around the kitchen table by her father. She joined and attended White Oak Baptist Church #1 with her father; who was a great leader in the Ministry.
She was a member of The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under Rev. James Morrison, where she was a worker in all areas of the ministry, choir member, usher, flower club member.
Johnnie Mae also was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Exum, she was a member of the usher board and president of the flower club. She came back to her home church that she always loved, White Oak Baptist Church #1, the place she felt the most comfortable this was home. She was appointed Church Mother at White Oak Baptist Church #1 until her demise.
She was a faithful member of The Wide Awake Chapter #142 Order of The Eastern Star PHA.
Her children remember that she was a great cook, a warm pot of pinto beans and lima beans, fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and those sweet cakes were favorites.
Those left to cherish her memories:
Her five children, Annie B. Myers (George), Wethersfield, CT, Shirley A. Perry, Foxboro, MA, Paul D. Jackson, Detroit, MI, Robert D. Jenkins, CT, Marcus Jackson, CT. four brothers, Richard Harrison, Ulysses Harrison (Lisa), Winnsboro, SC, Bobby Harrison (Anna), Waterbury, CT and Rev. David Harrison, West Columbia, SC; two sisters Minnie L. Martin (Henry)and Betty J. Able (James). Her Sister- in-Love Gloria Harrison, Bloomfield, CT., friend, David Caines, E Hartford, CT; (10) ten grand children, (18) great- grand children, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and her White Oak #1 Church family.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two grand-sons, Brandon Adams and Shawn David Caines, five brothers, Thomas Harrison Sr., Chambers Harrison, Frank Harrison, Willie Harrison, Nick Harrison Jr., James Robertson, one sister, Melvina Cotton.
Graveside service will be 11 am Saturday November 21, 2020 @ White Oak Baptist Church No.1.
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