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Bob Neil Jackson, 89, of Greenville, passed away at his residence Jan. 26, 2012. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Jan. 30, in the the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home with his nephew Rev. Jerry Speight officiating. Burial followed at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce.
Mr. Jackson was born July 14, 1922, to Wilburn Guthrie and Eunice Valeria Mitchell Jackson in Yowell, Delta County, Texas. He married Eugenia Ruth Barto in Durant, Oklahoma.
Bob was an avid sports fan, having played basketball and semi-pro baseball in the Hunt County League. He enjoyed genealogy research and traveled extensively with his wife and daughter, Andrea, documenting many interesting facts about his ancestors which are generously shared with his relatives at the annual Jackson Reunions.
During WWII, Bob served in the U.S. Army Infantry, 5th Army 34th Division in the European theatre. He received numerous military honors and decorations including The Purple Heart, after being wounded in battle while serving in Italy. After returning to the States in 1946, he was employed with the UpJohn Pharmaceutical Co., in Dallas until his retirement and return to Hunt County. He held a life-time membership in the D.A.V. and was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Eugenia Jackson; daughter Andrea Lee Jackson; sister Billie Merle Steele; sister-in-law Diana Ford Jackson; nieces Sandra Kay Totten, Becky Lynn Totten Colbert, Terri Lynn Steele, Stacey Lee Jackson and Tracey Jackson Rumsey; nephews Robert Anthony Jackson, Richard Allen Jackson and Thomas Mitchell Totten; great-nieces Clair Margaret Hope, Lacey Diana Jackson Rumsey, Madison Chandler Jackson and Dakota Totten; great-nephews Ian Steele Hope, Richard Thomas Colbert, Braden Hunter Jackson and Cody Benjamin Jackson; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mona Vee Totten; three brothers, Wilburn Guthrie Jackson Jr., Charles Allen Jackson and Richard Earl Jackson; nephew Michael Eugene Steel and his brothers-in-law, Darrell E. Steele, George T. Totten; and his sister-in-law, Helen Evano Jackson.
Pallbearers were Alton E. Wilson, John Mitcham, Michael McAdams, Mitchell Totten, Kevin Speight, and Raymon LaFavers.
Memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 6801 Wesley Street, Greenville, Texas  75402.
Online condolences may be made at www.cokermathews.com or www.commercejournal.com.
Published on  February 3, 2012
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