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Donald Jackson, Sr.

February 27, 2022

Obituary

Obituary

 

Donnie was born August 5th, 1958 in Huntington, NY to Lillie Jackson and the late Sidney Jackson. He was the only Jackson boy born to them. He joined the United States Army in 1976 at the age of 18, where he was stationed in Germany as a truck driver. Donnie was Honorably Discharged August 1979.

 

After leaving the military Donnie went and worked at 9 Brothers where he was their first truck driver nicknamed “Action Jackson.” After leaving 9 Brothers Donnie worked alongside his father at Jackson Produce hauling produce and flowers. Donnie loved driving his truck over the road making treks to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. Known on the road as Witchdoctor or later in his career as Dial Tone. Truck driving is how he was able to meet many of his closest friends, and forged lasting relationships. Donnie could always be found down at “the yard” with the lady of his life “Big Blue,” working on lights and tires and at any given moment you could see Big Blue shining down Sunrise Highway or the Long Island Expressway with his headset in his ear, a coffee in his hand, and the road to his back.

 

He purchased his first home in Central Islip, NY for him and his boys in 2010. Donnie would earn the nickname of “The Mayor of Willow St.” Whenever a neighbor needed him he would be there anyway he could whether it be with a shovel, potatoes, a generator and extension cord, or a snowblower and ice melt. He knew every neighbor’s name, and would always greet them with a vibrant smile, a heartfelt hello, and warm conversation. Even the kids on the block would flock to him to say hi. In his own home he could be found playing with his dog Comet, washing his car and tending to his lawn and garden. He was well known on the block for his immaculate landscaping, and huge flower pots that lined up his driveway.

 

Donnie was an avid Knicks fan. If the Knicks were on, he would be found in front of the television with his Knicks blanket yelling at the refs. Basketball was one thing he loved to watch and talk about with his sons, nephews, and sister.

 

God was first in Donnie’s life being raised in the church from an early age, and giving his life to God. He became a member of Washington Temple C.O.G.I.C in 2012 and was honored with the title of Deacon soon after. He never came to church without his bible, an open heart, and his tambourine, and he could play that tambourine! He loved his church family and his pastor Bishop Madison very much.

 

Donnie was a family man at heart second only to God. He loved his boys with all his heart, would help them with in any way he could, and would not put anything above them except his grandboys who he would spoil anyway he could. Donnie was notorious for reaching out to family just to call and shoot the breeze, and could always put a smile on their face with one of his stories.

 

Donnie is predeceased by his Father Sidney Jackson, and his older sisters Gail Kirkham, and Sandra Jackson. Surviving him are his 3 boys Aaron Marques Jackson, Donald (Lil’ Donnie) Jackson Jr., and Dante Jackson, his mother Lillie Pearl Jackson, his younger sister Cynthia Williams (George Williams), and Karen Parsons (Mike Parsons), He is also survived by his 4 grandsons Arlando Neal, Landon Jackson, Ja’Kobe Jackson, and Ja’kai Jackson, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Donnie was dearly loved. His booming energy, bright smile, and outgoing personality will surely be missed by everyone his light touched.

 

 

 

 

 

The following is the Zoom Information for services for Mr. Donald Jackson

 

Meeting ID: 761 770 1065

Passcode: Jackson

Memorial Service will begin streaming

Saturday, March 5th, 2022

at

11:45 AM

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 5, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hope Missionary Baptist Church
100 Lemon Street
Central Islip, NY 11722

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 5, 2022

12:00 PM
Hope Missionary Baptist Church
100 Lemon Street
Central Islip, NY 11722

Interment
Monday
March 7, 2022

11:00 AM
Oakwood Cemetery
3 Moffitt Blvd.
Bay Shore, New York 11706

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