Reverend Willie Jackson, born February 15, 1918, re-located from rural North Florida to Fort Lauderdale in 1940.
Following his entrepreneurial instincts, he labored profusely to achieve a better way of life for himself and his family, eventually becoming one of Broward County’s pioneers in the Black community as the sole proprietor of Jackson’s Groceries and Sundries community store while engaging in various real estate ventures over the years.
A devoted husband to his wife (Jane) of 61 years until her passing in 2002, and devoted father to his eight children, he also remained true to his faith, serving as Pastor of Mt. Zion God’s Church, House of Unity for 35 years.
Willie was also a member of the Thomas Raines Masonic Lodge 484, Prince Hall Affiliate. Despite not having much formal education, Willie became one of Broward County’s successful African Americans. As a “self-made” man, he was guided by a higher power, and as such, he remained true to his God, never once forgetting his origins.
Throughout the years, Willie continued to assist many others, not only financially, but spiritually through his ministerial counseling. According to his daughter Dr. Olivia Jackson, “… his role as a father extended beyond his biological children, as he served as a role model for many others through-out the community and church.”
Willie departed on June 5, 2015 and leaves behind eight children: Gladys Ganzy, Carrie Jackson, Rose Raysor, Ruthie Rhodes, Virgus Jackson, Patricia Mosely, Willie Jackson, Jr. and Dr. Olivia A. Jackson; one brother, Aaron Raines; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 15 great great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at McWhite Funeral Home, 3501 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauder-dale, Fla. on June 20, 2015, 1 p.m.
Public viewing is Friday, June 19 at McWhite Funeral Home, 5-9 p.m.