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Sister Trudie Belle Jackson

April 15, 1927 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Sister Trudie Belle Jackson Obituary

Trudie Bowers Jackson finished her course on earth on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 12:16 PM when God called her to her eternal home.  

She was born on April 15, 1927, in Eros, Louisiana to the union of Willie Bowers and the former Maggie Ammons Bowers. She had two sisters, Margie Cole and Lucille Bowers Henderson.    

She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Robinson Chapel CME Church where she served as a member of the choir and a gospel trio.  She had a beautiful soprano voice, and she loved singing at churches and events locally and throughout the state.   

Education was always important to Trudie.  She graduated from Chatham Negro High School as Valedictorian.  While in high school, she discovered her passion for teaching when she served as a substitute teacher for the school.  Upon graduating from high school, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Jackson Parish School System while also attending Grambling State University.  After earning her bachelor’s degree from Grambling, she attended Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), earning a Master’s Degree in Education.  She has the distinction of being the first African American to receive a master’s degree from Northeast.  She has also studied at Louisiana Tech University and the University of Maryland.    

Her career in education spanned over 41 years.  She was employed in several roles, including teacher, reading and math coordinator, and principal.  She retired from the Ouachita Parish School System as principal of Central Elementary School.   

On April 25, 1948, Trudie united in holy matrimony with Jeney Jackson, Jr.  They were happily married for 58 years.  They were blessed with two sons, Larry Darnell and Lawrence Ray.  They also helped rear two cousins, Robert T. Williams and Julia Foster Reynolds.  Additionally, Trudie was a mentor to Lawrence Moore, Rickey Davis, and a host of students and teachers in her profession.  After marrying Jeney, she became a member of Mineral Springs CME Church where she served as choir member, choir president, Sunday School teacher, CYF Director, church secretary, and Stewardess.  

In addition to her passion for educating others and singing gospel hymns, she loved baking, fishing, and fashion.  Her sweet potato pies, lemon meringue pies, and perfectly shaped pound cakes were her signature desserts, and she spent many hours on the boat, fishing with Jeney and close friends. But, most notably, she always showed up to events looking as sharp as a tack with her fashionable suits and hats.  

She served in various other religious, fraternal, and civic organizations:  Esther Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation; District Deputy Grand Worthy Matron District 14; Look to the East Chapter No. 87; Ester Lee Meadors Amaranth Court No. 25; Louis R. Price Assembly No. 173 Order of the Golden Circle; Jomadi Court No, 29 Auxiliary of the A.E.A.O.N.M.S.,Inc.; Amelia W. Clark Court No. 6 Order of Cyrene; Ruth Court No. 49 Heroines of Jericho; Omicron Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.;  Trudie B. Jackson Youth Fraternity Number 14 for the State of Louisiana; Ouachita Parish Retired Teachers’ Association; Louisiana Retired Teachers’ Association; Grambling University National Alumni Association; West Monroe Police Academy; and West Monroe City Neighborhood Watch.  

Besides her parents, Trudie was preceded in death by her husband (Jeney), stepfather (Philip Jackson), and sisters (Lucille Henderson and Margie Cole). 

She leaves to cherish her memories: her two sons, Larry Darnell Jackson (Nita), Louisville, Kentucky; and Lawrence Ray Jackson (LaNesha), Dacula, Georgia; six grandchildren, Sonia Suggs (Milton), Yolanda Allen (Whitney), and Larry Jackson, Jr. (Charmayne), all of Louisville, Kentucky; Tina Jackson, Lithonia, Georgia,  DeAngelo Jackson (Jessica), Loganville, Georgia; and Chantel Jackson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; eight great-grandchildren, Ayanna Suggs, Aaron Suggs, Alayna Allen, Aliyah Allen, Cierra Jackson, Lennox Jackson, Jailynne Pardue, and Mike Pardue; one Godson, Justin Reynolds, two cousins she helped to rear, Robert T. Williams (Fannie), and Julia Foster Reynolds (Billy), and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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Lying In-State
February 2, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greater Free Gift Baptist Church
5510 US Highway 165 S
Monroe, LA 71202

Sorority, Fraternity, and Organization Burial Rites
February 2, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greater Free Gift Baptist Church
5510 US Highway 165 S
Monroe, LA 71202

Facebook Live Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

11:00 AM
Greater Free Gift Baptist Church
5510 US Highway 165 S
Monroe, LA 71202

February 3, 2024

Zeigler Cemetery
235 Zeigler Cemetery Road
Eros, LA 71238

Fellowship with the Family

Caledonia Masonic Lodge Hall
Louisiana Highway 151
Calhoun, LA 71225

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