David Lynn Jackson was born on July 16, 1961 in Arkadelphia to the union of Lynn and Margarine Jackson. He accepted Christ at an early age. David grew up to be a strong and athletic young man. Growing up David attended Piney Grove AME Church, but later began practicing the Catholic faith.
David, also known as “DJ” and “Dave”, graduated from Sparkman High School in Sparkman, Arkansas in 1979 where he excelled in sports. During high school David played wide receiver for the Sparkman Raiders earning all-district honors. He also played sandlot baseball for the Dalark Dodgers. While not a man of great speed his hands were lethal. A football stuck to his hands and a baseball did not pass him in short stop. Shortstop is the most important and demanding position in baseball, and as a result, has featured some of the most athletic players in the game. Those that can’t handle the glove well enough or eventually grow out of the position due to age shift to other positions. Arguably David was the best shortstop in the area and had a mean glove He proclaimed himself the greatest short stop of all time according to his brother.
He loved Muhammad Ali and was a lover of funk music, especially Parliament/Funkadelic. David also played football while in the Army where he also earned many honors. David was a walking sports statistician that would correct you.
After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. He did his basic training in Fort Jackson, SC and was later stationed at Schofield Barracks in Oahu Island, Hawaii and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. When David left the military, he returned to Arkadelphia to work at the EPA, then Precision Industries Inc and his final stop was at Shields Wood Products. David had a great work ethic.
David leaves a lifetime of memories with his parents, Lynn A and Margarine Jackson; a sister, Barbara Jackson-Delamar of McKinney, TX; and two brothers, James Calvin Jackson and Willie Douglas Jackson of Arkadelphia, AR. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews that he loved dearly: Katrina Davis, Markesha (Derrick)Frierson, Josh (Dannah) Delamar, Jackesha Davis and Kyle Delamar; aunts, Mary Tate of Chicago, IL, Gwen Williams of Hampton, VA, Ernestine Strickland of Austin, TX, Ann Jackson of San Antonio, TX and Marilyn Jackson-Smith of Warren, AR; uncles, Larry (Brenda) Williams of Hampton, VA, James (Ann) Jackson of Plano, TX and Anthony Jackson of Houston, TX. He also leaves close friends William Burks, James (Duck) Craig, Prentiss Buckley, as well as, numerous other friends and relatives.
The family of David Lynn Jackson is grateful for the many prayers, telephone calls, cards and other expressions of kindness. Through these actions we know that God will comfort and keep us. Thank you.
Graveside services will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Piney Grove AME Church with Rev, C.O. Dansby, officiating. Please bring a chair or umbrella for your comfort. Water will be provided by Williams Funeral Home.