Geraldine Jackson, affectionately known as “Jerry” or “Geral” by her family and friends, was born Entis Geraldine Jackson on August 22, 1931, to the union of the late William A. Ellis and Josephine Johns Ellis, in Surry, Virginia.
She was a faithful member of the Williamsburg Church of Christ and was the first African American to integrate the church. Geraldine loved to cook, eat, and provide delicious meals for various church functions. She also hosted Christmas dinners in her home for family and friends. She did this for fifty-nine years.
She was educated in the Surry Public School System and later graduated from Bertie’s Beauty College; receiving her Cosmetology License. For a short period of time, she drove a school bus for the Williamsburg-James City County School System.
As well as cooking, Geraldine loved to crochet and sew. She was loved by everyone that knew her and always made sure that you had a chance to eat her cooking. If you were sick, she would visit you, whether you were at home, out of town, or in the hospital. Her gentle, loving-kindness will forever be missed.
She leaves to cherish fond memories with her daughter, Arlene Gill (Eric-Deceased) of Los Angeles, CA; sons, Daniel J. Jackson and Melvin D. Jackson, both of Williamsburg, VA.; grandchildren, Kawane Logito Jackson, Amariah Calah Jackson, and Nehemiah Jackson, all of Kenniwick, WA, Damian Dushawn Gill (Carla), Devin Tre Gill, Leila Rae Gill and Dylan Dre Gill, all of Anaheim, CA, Shanika D. Jackson, of McLeansville, NC and Shanell D. Jackson-Felder (Kevin), of Baltimore, MD; beloved sisters, Mildred Jones (Lewis), Queen E. Parker, both of Surry, VA, and Cora M. Fields, of Virginia Beach, VA; sister-in-law, Minister Mary C. Ellis of Williamsburg; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2020, in Whiting's Chapel. Due to the current health pandemic, only 50 people may be in attendance with face coverings and social distancing. Livestream of the service will be available. Interment to follow in the Ellis Family Cemetery, Waverly, Virginia. Mrs. Jackson may be viewed from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home.
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com
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