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Joe Andrew Jackson was born April 19, 1932 to Clifford and Sarah Ethel Hunt Jackson at Jackson Corner in southern Ringgold county, Iowa. He attended Rose Hill country school and graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1950. He was very proud of having been a member of an undefeated high school football team coached by Joe McNeill.

Joe married Carmeta Fletchall in 1950 and then served in the Army and served during the Korean War. Upon his return from the Army he bought and operated a service station in Grant City, Missouri. In 1960 Joe was elected to the Missouri State Legislature and served as a state representative for one term. He spent the final years of his working career engaged in the operation of the Joe Jackson Insurance Agency in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was a 50+ year member of the American Legion and a member of the United Baptist-Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr.

Joe passed away March 4, 2013 in Mount Ayr. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Mary Faith Jackson, James Jackson, Opal Barnett, Evelyn James and Dorothy Jensen.

Left to mourn him are a sister, Sally Sedgewick and husband Chuck of Grand Haven, Michigan; a brother, Delbert Jackson and wife Hazel of Allendale, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

Services were held at the United Baptist Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr on Friday, March 8, 2013, with Pastor Mike Maddy officiating. Musicians were Nancy Sackett, Carol Anne McCreary and Barbie Belzer.

A private burial was in the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Mount Ayr.


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