His Birmingham friend, Wayne Burger, assisted in getting him located in Michigan in 1966.Wayne was the minister of the Church of Christ in Three Rivers, and Kenneth would assist with that work while serving as guidance counselor at White Pigeon High School. Wayne soon left after Kenneth's arrival, and Kenneth assumed the minister's responsibilities there for a time.
In 1968, Kenneth returned to Townley as math teacher and coach at the school and minister at the Townley Church of Christ. He would admit later to being in "way over his head" in all three areas. In 1969, Paul Weeks hired Kenneth as the guidance counselor for Winfield City Schools, a position he held until 1994. In 1988 or thereabouts, Brian Pitts let him do part-time work at WEZQ radio. After retiring from education, Boyd Pate, Jack Mainord and Maxine Harper allowed him the privilege of participating in another of his career interests — local radio. This lasted until shortly after 9/11/2001. Dr. Ken Randolph gave him some local TV experience for a time after that. Kenneth was single until his matchmaking friend and gospel preacher from high school, Levi Sides, had him go to Hill's Chapel on a Wednesday night to meet Judy McNutt Shattuck. He would not introduce them until after the service. That was August 1977, and they were married in March 1978. Judy's young son Leslie was an additional blessing for Kenneth. Michael and Nathan were added to the household making it the Jackson Five or JKLMN Jackson.
In time, Leslie and Tina presented Kenneth and Judy with two precious granddaughters, Chloe and Laci. Kenneth received great support during his almost 11 years of service as an elder with the Winfield Church of Christ. Later Michael and Stacey welcomed Jonah so that our family was now two digits (10) in number. From his early infancy, Kenneth was so blessed that Jonah chose him to be his very first best friend. Kenneth was not too embarrassed that he would seek him out from his crowd of admirers. Kenneth tried to avoid too much jealousy by staying in the background to give the others their time with him. Kenneth just might be bragging. Jonah and Kenneth have spent many wonderful hours together and shared some best memories. He gave Kenneth no option but to ride in the back seat with him and play his games by his rules. During Kenneth's early diagnosis and pain, he got to ride in the back seat with him several times on his way to and from Tree House Pre-School.
Kenneth passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Ora Jackson of Townley, Ala.; brother Don Jackson (Billie) of Hillview, Ala., sister, Doris Ensor (G.H.) of Jasper; father-in-law, Cecil “Jeff” McNutt of Burnsville, Miss., and sister-in-law, Jeannette Jackson of Adamsville.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judy McNutt Jackson of Muscle Shoals; sons, Leslie (Tina) Jackson of Muscle Shoals, Michael (Stacey) Jackson of Florence and Nathan Jackson of Gainesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Chloe, Laci, Jonah and expected baby brother Jackson; brother, Leon Jackson of Homewood; sisters, Bernice (Jerry) Pate of Carbon Hil and Sandra Hunt of Carbon Hill; and mother-in-law, Helen McNutt of Burnsville, Miss.
The funeral service will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Morrison Funeral Home in Tuscumbia, with visitation from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday before the funeral service. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Snowdown Church of Christ Cemetery in Cairo, Miss.
Pallbearers will be Boyd Pate, Jerry Spann, Tracy Estes, Michael Deese, Tim Holt, Larry Davenport, Jonathan Henson, Michael South, Steve Brown and Wayne Chastain.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Heritage Christian University, P.O. Box HCU, Florence, AL 35630.
An online guestbook is available at morrisonfuneralhomes. com.
Morrison Funeral Home, Tuscumbia; 256-383-7311