Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson, 68, the second born child of the late Ryttenburg O. Jackson and Lizzie Archie Jackson, was born on January 16, 1951, in Sumter County. Dr. Jackson spent his childhood in Sumter County. He transitioned from his earthly life on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at his home. Dr. Jackson was educated in Sumter County. He was a 1969 graduate of Lincoln High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He also received his Master of Divinity from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, a constituent of the Inter-Denominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, Georgia and Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. He did a tour of service for 2 years in the Navy and shortly after joined the Army National Guard for 20 years. Hearing the call of God into the ministry, he retired from SCE&G after serving for 20 years as supervisor. He was also employed at Williams Funeral Home for many years. At an early age, he joined Ebenezer Presbyterian Church where he was nurtured in the Christian faith. He served as pulpit supply for Westminster Presbyterian Church, Congruity Presbyterian Church, Harmony Presbyterian Church and Ebenezer Presbyterian Church. He served as pastor of Cousar Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lisbon Presbyterian Church and Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Ridgeway, South Carolina. Upon his death, he was serving as the Stated Supply Pastor and Moderator of Session for New Bethel Presbyterian Church in Dillon, South Carolina. He was an Honorably Retired member of New Harmony Presbytery. He was involved in the life and work of the church, Presbytery and Community. Dr. Jackson was a faithful servant of God. He was a Mason and a member of Catchall Lodge #425. He was married to the former Julia Ann Brayboy. To this union they were blessed with four daughters. He was a loving father. Dr. Jackson leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Lizzie Jackson of Sumter, SC; one son, Timothy (Shellisa) Moultrie of Charlotte, NC; four daughters, Evangelist Rondalyn (Gary) Hodge, Venita Jackson, both of Sumter, SC, Ernnessa (Johnny “Chris”) Harkless of Columbia, SC, Jolonda (Kevin) Moses of Sumter, SC; three sisters, Janette Spencer, Bernice (Randy) Smith and Edith Jackson, all of Sumter; fifteen grandchildren; a godson, Fred (Neacie) Glen Camp of Albany, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Cora Archie and Jewell Jackson. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home of his daughter, 218 Miller Road, Sumter. A Service of Witness will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019, One O’clock in the afternoon from the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church USA, 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Cornell Hampton, Moderator, Eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at noon. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Yard Cemetery.
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