Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Cecil Jackson, age 73 of Talladega, will be Friday, September 2, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland. Burial will follow in the Millerville Community Cemetery.
Mr. Jackson passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Clay County Hospital. A native of Talladega who had lived most of his life in the Chandler Springs area, he had worked for the Georgia Marble Company in Sylacauga, retiring as a supervisor after 28 years of service. Mr. Jackson loved woodcarving, nature and was a well known “moonshiner.” He was also known for his skill and love of catching rattlesnakes and had caught 365 snakes - one for each day of the year. Cecil even made a hat out of the rattles, wore it proudly and was equally proud of the fact that he’d never been bit. Mr. Jackson will be remembered as a friend to everyone and would go out of his way to help anyone in need.
He is survived by five daughters: Carol Smith of Millerville, Wanda Jackson of Ashland, Sherry Phillips of Birmingham, Deborah Prince of Childersburg and Gina Jackson of Ashland; three sisters: Jackie Baker of Prattville, Laverne Shaw of Alexander City and JoAnn Parrott of Alexander City; three brothers: Ab Jackson of Millerville, Sonny Jackson of New Site and Perry Jackson of Tuscaloosa plus 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents: Alvin Dewey Jackson and Ada Louise Ford Jackson; his wife of 49 ½ years, Jeanette Goss Jackson and one son, David Cecil Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Julius Baker, Frankie Jackson, Alan Jackson, Dee Jackson, Gary Cooper and Rico Simmons.
The family will receive friends at Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. and until service time on Friday.
Benefield Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.