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Celebrating the life of....David Lewis Jackson, Sr.

April 19, 1941- September 26, 2021

Family Gathering: 105 Turner Street, Thomasville, NC 27360

Public Visitation: Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

S. E. Thomas Funeral and Cremation Services

110 Highland Avenue, Thomasville, NC 27360

Family Visitation: Friday, October 1, 2021 1:00 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

204 Turner Street, Thomasville, NC 27360

Funeral Service: Friday, October 1, 2021 1:30 pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

204 Turner Street, Thomasville, NC 27360


David Lewis Jackson, Sr. peacefully transitioned to his eternal home Sunday, September 26, 2021 in the presence of family. He was born in Thomasville, NC on April 19, 1941 to the late Lonnie Steele and the late Dorothy Marie Jackson. Affectionately known by his family and friends as “Lewis,” he was widely known for his calm demeanor and humility.


Lewis attended and graduated from Church Street School in 1960. He went on to work for Thomasville Furniture Industries as a machinist for 28 years before retiring in 2003.


Lewis enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Oftentimes, he listened to music and sat in his yard while enjoying the company of others. He was an avid wrestling and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Lewis personified humility and truly treated everyone with an unparalleled level of respect and dignity.


Lewis leaves his wife of 55 years, Juanita Ratliff Jackson, to cherish their fond memories; six children, Doris Jackson, Sharon Jackson Green (Charles), David Lewis Jackson, Jr. (Sharon), Carolyn Ratliff, Donald Ratliff, and Kenneth Ratliff (Lisa). His presence will also be missed by his nine grandchildren: Jadarius Jackson (Candice), Natasha Price, Jasmine Price, Ciero Green, Christian Jackson, David J. Jackson, Juanita Smith, Yakeelah Ratliff, and Laquita Ratliff. Lewis was preceded in death by three siblings, James Farabee, Clifford Jackson, and Mary Alice Watkins. Kaye Steele Tillman is his surviving sibling. He also leaves close friends, Glennard Smith, Arthur Humphries, Kernelle Brock, and Benny Harper. His five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives will miss his modest and unassuming presence.   

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