Billy Martin Jackson

July 15, 1936 - March 02, 2021

Billy Martin Jackson

Billy Martin Jackson, 84, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. Billy was born July 15, 1936 in Attapulgus, Georgia, to James William Jackson and Georgia Josephine Parham Jackson. He was the seventh child born to Jimmy and Josephine. Three more came after him.

His father worked for a company that mined Fuller’s Earth, and the family lived in a small community outside Attapulgus. He rode the bus to school in Attapulgus every day along with his brothers and sisters. They moved into town and his father opened a service station—grocery store. He worked in the store and opened it up for his dad every morning before school.

He graduated from Attapulgus High School and spent one year at Oglethorpe University and then transferred to Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro, Georgia. He graduated in 1958 and got a job teaching in Nahunta, Georgia. He later taught in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, and Tallahassee, Florida. He married Miriam Cowart December 26, 1960. In 1962, he joined Toastmasters which became an important part of his life. He was a very good public speaker and was a member of the organization the rest of his life.

In 1965, he went to work for the Traveler’s Insurance Company. He rose to be manager of the Surety Division in Cincinnati, Ohio. His division was sold to Continental Insurance Company in 1989, and Miriam and Billy moved to Columbus, Ohio.

He retired in 1995 and they moved back to Tallahassee. In 2011, they moved to Beaumont, Texas, to be near their two sons and grandchildren.

He was christened as a baby in the Methodist church. He was a member of the Methodist church all of his life serving as Sunday School teacher, on various committees and boards.

In college he was president of the Wesley Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Miriam; two sons, James William Jackson (Pam) and Jeffrey Martin Jackson (Alli); seven grandchildren, Hannah, Will, Cole, Max, Reese, Martti, and Aino. He is also survived by sisters, Mary Jo Clark of Saint Cloud, Minnesota and Enid Borders of Panama City, Florida; and brother, Charles Graham Jackson of Detroit, Michigan.

He is preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Smith and Geraldine McCarty; brothers, Mason Jackson, James Jackson, Royce Jackson, Carl Jackson.

A funeral service for Mr. Jackson will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3430 Harrison Avenue, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 8, 2021, Attapulgus Cemetery, in Attapulgus, Georgia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southeast Texas Food Bank, 3845 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Beaumont, Texas 77705-4114; Nutrition and Services for Seniors (Meals on Wheels), 4590 Concord, Beaumont, Texas 77703; Some Other Place, P.O. Box 0843, Beaumont, Texas 77704; and Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5247, Beaumont, Texas 77726.

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Funeral Service
Trinity United Methodist Church
3430 Harrison Ave. Beaumont, TX 77706
Thursday, March 04, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Graveside Service
Attapulgus Cemetery
Attapulgus, Georgia 31715
Monday, March 08, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Comments (7)

  • Eli Arnold

    07 April 2021 at 21:14 | #

    Dear Ms. Miriam Jackson,

    I was very sorry to read about the passing of your husband Billy Martin Jackson. While I do not think that I ever had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jackson, I always am sad to hear of the loss of a fellow alumnus. I know that he only attended Oglethorpe for one year, but I consider him an alumnus.

    In my current role as director of the Philip Weltner Library here at Oglethorpe, I memorialize Stormy Petrels who have passed away by including in our library’s collection a book that would have been special to the person. A memorial book plate with the alumnus’ name is included in the front cover. I would like to honor your husband in this way.

    If you would provide me with the information on his favorite book or a book that you think he would have liked, I will purchase it and include it in the collection in his memory.

    You can reach me at 404-364-8885 or via email at

    I look forward to hearing from you, and, again, you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband.

    With warm regards, I am

    Sincerely yours,
    Eli Arnold
    Director and University Librarian


  • Shannon O'Neil

    06 March 2021 at 16:04 | #

    Uncle Billy lived a life to be proud of. I wish we had been able to see more of each other over the years. I will always remember how kind he was to lead a prayer at my wedding reception. I hope great memories help to ease your pain in the days ahead. Thinking of you all.


  • Vickie Goodman

    06 March 2021 at 15:17 | #

    Billy was a kind and supportive friend, educator and mentor to me and so many other Toastmasters who were privileged to enjoy his company. He readily shared his experience and offered advice that qualitatively improved leadership and communication skills of every member and every club. I remember his warm and humorous stories and speeches, masterfully delivered and nearly always reflecting some sort of lesson learned. His love for his wife, sons and grandchildren were apparent and all were a source of pride. Those sparkly eyes lit up even brighter when he spoke of his family. Early Bird Toastmasters,, in fact all Tallahassee Toastmasters Clubs, were sorry to lose him when he and Miriam moved to Texas, but we were delighted he continued to promote Toastmasters in his new home.. Our heartfelt condolences are sent to Miriam and the family at the sad news of Billy's passing. His legacy is reflected in all that he loved, and his spirit is alive and well in Tallahassee Toastmaster Clubs.


  • Alfred Doucette

    04 March 2021 at 03:11 | #

    My condolences to the family and friends. Billy will be greatly missed, When I was assigned Coach of Great Speaker Unlimited Billy stepped in said he will help me. This was Billy, if someone needed encouraememt Billy was there to help. That was Billy , a shinnig light.. Billy wil be dearly missed. God Bless the Family.


  • Hannah Jackson

    03 March 2021 at 23:47 | #

    I love you i miss you


  • Vicki Bevis - neice

    03 March 2021 at 18:24 | #

    He was a great husband, father, grandfather, son brother, uncle, friend. our family was blessed.


  • brenda petkovsek-bean

    03 March 2021 at 16:15 | #

    I",m sorry to here about to here about Billie"s passing


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