Debra Ann (Crosby) Jackson, 54, was born March 23, 1958 in Danville, Illinois to Sam Crosby and the late Addie Mae (Keys) Crosby.
On October 10, 1980 she was united in Holy Matrimony to James Allen Jackson. He survives. God blessed her with 5 loving children Steven Westley, TiKisha (Lamar) Jackson, Evony(Bryson) Jackson, Anika Jackson and Jamie(Santez) Jackson. She also had 4 stepchildren Durrell Robinson, Brian Robinson, Damon Young, and Elissa Perry. She had 11 grandchildren that she loved very dearly Shakeevia Westley, J’Juan Robinson, Lamar Echols, Zyrionna Johnson, Anthonee Echols, Aariyjah Dye, Izayah Echols, Destinee Newsome, Jha’Dion Gray, Azariyah Jackson, and Debreia Smith. She also had 8 step-grandchildren Anaiya, Tyrea, Jeramy, Jayden, Brandon, Shallomy, Terry, Gabby, and Amber and a special goddaughter Shatianna Turner.
Debra was a faithful member of Greater Christ Apostolic Church under the leadership of Doctor Stephen and First Lady Mary Turner. Debra truly loved the lord with all her heart. She work diligently in the service of the choir director, Sunday school teacher, missionary worker, and played the keyboard. But she loved spending time with her grandchildren, children, and family. On the weekends you could always catch her at any rummage sale, which is something she truly enjoyed.
Debra leaves to cherish her loving memory her husband, children, grandchildren. Five sisters Ola(Bill) Wynn, Chris(Thereon) Bell, Linda Bell, all of Danville, Patricia (Robert) Miller, of Southhaven Mississippi, and Lavonna Brown of Danville, and three brothers Samuel (Roberta) Crosby, William (Sharon) Crosby, and Stanley (Pamela) Crosby all of Danville. And a sister in law Gladys (Melvin) Red of Bloomington, Il. Debra was preceded in death by her mother Addie Mae Crosby, a sister Rose Mae Forthenberry, a nephew William “Scooter” Crosby, Benita Forthenberry, and 2 great-nieces, Deziray Mott, Seiona Haywood, a mother-in-law Violet Jackson, a sister-in-law Alma McGee.
A Celebration of Life will commence at 12’noon Friday August 10, 2012 at New Life Church of Faith 1419 North Bowman Ave., Danville. Visitation will begin at 11’am until the time of the service. A public viewing will commence from 1-5pm Thursday August 9, 2012 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 East Williams Street, Danville. Officiating: Dr. Stephen W. Turner. Interment: Spring Hill Cemetery.
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