Updated: Jul 29, 2020
Deputy Eric Spencer Jackson, 50, a resident of Fort Deposit, AL passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 25, 2020. A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunrise Memorial Park with Brother Bruce Coker and Brother Steve Smith officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. from the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. A second visitation will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 am at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home.
A graduate of the Mobile Police Academy in 1993, Eric served the public from 1992 until his death. He served with the Mobile Police Department from 1992 until 1996, where he left to join a private security firm. After leaving the security firm, he served as a deputy with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office as well as an officer with the Fort Deposit and Georgiana police departments. Deputy Jackson was not only a member of law enforcement, he was a minister to all. He was a chaplain for Alacare Home Health & Hospice from 2016-18 and Southern Care Hospice from November 2018 until his death.
His mother, Sandra Jackson, preceded Mr. Jackson in death.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Jackson; daughter, Rachael Jackson; son, Spencer Jackson; father, Dewey “Jack” Jackson; brother, Danny (Angela) Jackson; brother-in-law, Ed (Leslie) Williamson; nephews, David Jackson, Drew Williamson, and niece, Caroline Williamson.
Eric and Vickie were married on Sept. 12, 1992. He attended Southwestern Theological Seminary in Dallas-Fort Worth from 1996 until 2000. While attending, he worked at a private security firm and pastored Dobbs Valley Baptist Church for one year. After graduating from seminary, he became pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Deposit in 2000 where he served for 10 years. He then became pastor of New Home Baptist Church in Titus where he served from 2010-12. In 2012, he moved to Fort Deposit to plant Lifeline Church in Greenville, which pastored until his death.
Eric was a prime example of a servant's heart. His walk with God and his service to the public never wavered; they were hand-in-hand. He was a great encourager, a man of his word and a man that will be terribly missed.
Source: Dunklin & Daniel Funeral Home | Greenville, Alabama & Adam Prestridge, Greenville Advocate
In loving memory
Eric Spencer Jackson
May 28, 1970 - July 25, 2020
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9
The Greenville Civitan Club were out first thing this morning lining the downtown area with American flags. This was so beautiful. Thank you all for this special touch!
Bryan Tree Service used two of their trucks to hang the most beautiful American flag beside the courthouse. The entire procession rode under the flag. WOW! The pictures do not do this justice! I was flooded with emotion as I passed under the flag. I know Mr. Eric would have loved this! Thank you, Darren & Amy Bryan!
State Representative, Chris Sells, helped by filing a resolution to have the American flags at half-staff. Thank you for your hard efforts! You are greatly appreciated!
Butler County Sheriff, Danny Bond, and his Officers: Thank you for leading the procession. Mr. Eric loved you all. Special thanks to Paul, Eric's partner, for leading the "Last call" at the graveside. Mr. Danny Bond is a wonderful Sheriff and has a wonderful team. Thank you all!
Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home, Thank you for going above and beyond to make this tribute one Greenville will always remember. As always, Ben & the rest of the staff are always so willing to help in any way. Thank you all so much!
Special thanks to everyone who attended the funeral procession. You all made this day so special and I know the family loves and appreciates to you all.
The Alabama State Troopers as well as the ALEA Motor Scouts, Butler County Sheriff & Deputies, Greenville Police Department, Fort Deposit Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff & Deputies, Crenshaw County Deputies, Montgomery County Deputies, Andalusia Police Department, Autauga County Deputies, Mobile Police Department, Butler County Sheriff Posse, GEMS Ambulance, Fort Deposit Fire & Rescue, Alabama Forestry Commission & Alabama Game Wardens. (Please contact me if I left anyone out. I'll be happy to make the adjustment.)
Greenville Fire Department, thank you so much for displaying the most beautiful American flag at the graveside. The flag was the first thing to catch my attention as we made our way into the cemetery. Also, thank you, Charles Thomas for helping organize this!
Southern Cruisers, Mr. Eric loved you so much and enjoyed every single ride with you. I know that because he would always share those road trip stories with us. Thank you for being a part of the procession and also being the pallbearers.
Kiah Shealy, what a incredible trumpet player you are. You brought tears to everyone's faces as you performed "Taps" during the folding of the flag. You are so appreciated.
Southern Care, Mr. Eric loved working with each and every one of you. Thank you so much for helping organize the lunch after the graveside service.
And speaking of lunch, thank you to all the church members who gave a helping hand in this part of the day, as well.
Tracy Salter, thank you for helping organize the procession. Also, thank you for helping spread the word to all of Butler County! You are always eager to help in any way and for that, you are so appreciated!
Dexter McLendon & the people of Butler County, thank you so much for showing your support by either paying your respects at the funeral home, graveside or standing downtown to witness the procession. I know the family appreciates you all as well.
Today made me so proud to be a part of Butler County. So many people helped make this tribute the best it could have been. I was shocked but not surprised at the support and love shown by everyone today. It was so touching to see the streets of downtown covered by the people in our community. Some had their hands placed on their hearts, while others held their hats across their chest and cried. It was very emotional but I know Mr. Eric was in awe over the crowd. Thank you to every single person who made today special. You truly made a difference today.
Gail Skipper, thank you so much for stepping up at the last minute to film both the procession and graveside service. You did a great job! Thank you so much!
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