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Raymond Jackson

November 12, 1938 - September 4, 2010
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Raymond Jackson passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010 at his home, after a lengthy illness. He died at the age of 71. He was born November 12, 1938 in Petersburg, VA, to Jessie and Elizabeth Jackson. Ray grew up in Philadelphia, PA with four brothers, Leland who currently resides in Petersburg, VA and Henry, Lester and Robert who preceded him in death. He attended and graduated from Overbrook High School. Ray joined the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957 where he spent a total of 27 years as an Air Surveillance Weapons Tech. He flew many combat missions over Southeast Asia and Vietnam with a total of six tours. He retired from...
Raymond Jackson passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010 at his home, after a lengthy illness. He died at the age of 71. He was born November 12, 1938 in Petersburg, VA, to Jessie and Elizabeth Jackson. Ray grew up in Philadelphia, PA with four brothers, Leland who currently resides in Petersburg, VA and Henry, Lester and Robert who preceded him in death. He attended and graduated from Overbrook High School. Ray joined the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1957 where he spent a total of 27 years as an Air Surveillance Weapons Tech. He flew many combat missions over Southeast Asia and Vietnam with a total of six tours. He retired from the USAF in 1980 after spending four years as one of the first AWACS instructors. He was father to son, Marcus O. Jackson, Sr; stepfather to James Imoe III; Joshua Imoe; grandfather to Marcus O. Jackson, Jr. and Quinton Marcellus Jackson of Sacramento, CA. Ray was also father to adopted daughters, Brittinie and Bree Combs of Oklahoma City, OK. Grandfather to Amaia "Buggs" Williams, Sebastian Imoe. During his marriages he became the stepfather of many children. Ray began employment as a bus operator with Metro Transit in June 1983 and retired in September 2009 due to ill health. There he met his current wife, Linda. Ray took great pleasure in working out with weights at the base gym, watching Bree train for years to earn a black belt in martial arts and spending time with his family. Although Ray fought a tough battle with prostate cancer, it did not prevent him and his wife, Linda, from driving halfway across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving with his son and grandchildren in Sacramento, CA in November 2009. His funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Sunny Lane Chapel.

The family will be greeting friends Monday, September 13, 2010 at Sunny Lane Funeral Home from 3 until 9 PM.

"Ray, what do you say at a moment like this? You have taught me a lot and were always there for me. Thank you for everything you have ever done. You have..." Joshua Imoe (Del City, OK)

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