Thelma Jude Jackson

March 28, 1928 - January 24, 2021

Thelma Jude Jackson, 92, of Beaumont, died Sunday, January 24, 2021. She was born on March 28, 1928, in Williamson West Virginia the second of six children. She grew up during the Great Depression but never lacked for love from family and the simplest things in life.

Thelma met Ralph D. Jackson and were married in November 1952 and moved to Ohio before coming to Beaumont during the summer of 1961 with Ralph and her two small children, Sharon and Dawnita.

She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church for fifty-nine years where she taught Sunday School, worked as a church secretary and served in other ministries of the church.

After retirement, Thelma and Ralph took their Airstream trailer and traveled mostly to their favorite areas of Colorado. In later years she enjoyed several cruises, trips through the Alaskan interior and the Yukon as well as train travel across the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Family trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and a visit to the Grand Canyon. At 80 years of age, she took flight in a hot air balloon over the plains of New Mexico.

Thelma is survived by her two daughters, Sharon and Dawnita; along with nieces, Twylia (Mike) Dillman, and their children, Mara and Logan of Arlington, Texas; Tonya (Jim) Boykin and their children, Allie, Madison and Kaylee of McKinney, Texas; Paige (Keith)Varney and family of Port Saint Lucie, Florida and Mary Given of Homosassa, Florida.

Surviving nephews include Stephen Greenert and family of Louisville, Kentucky, Wesley Greenert and family of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Keith Jude and family of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Rev. Barry Jude and family of Grand Prairie, Texas, Chris Jude of Miami, Florida and Raymond Jackson (Christine) of Asheville, North Carolina.

She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Jo Jude of McKinney, Texas and Pat Jude of Forest Hills, Kentucky.

She was preceded by her loving husband, Ralph D. Jackson; and all her siblings, Grady, Ernie, Harry, Elva and Carolyn.

A gathering of Mrs. Jackson’ family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 28, 2021, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3650 Dowlen Road, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

In lieu of flower the family requests that contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 3650 Dowlen Road, Beaumont, Texas 77706 or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

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Jerry & Loretta Cagle

We met Thelma 3 or 4 years ago and visited her many times. She was always a gracious host and genuinely a loving person. There never was a shortage of things to talk about. I always left wondering if I had conveyed as much love to her as she gave us. We will miss her but look forward to meeting again when we are all called up yonder.. RIP Sweet Thelma.

Sherry and Tommy Goth

We loved Mrs. Thelma, and our memories of her are sweet and precious! Sharon and Dawnita, we are so sorry and know you will miss your mother. When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!

Mary Given

Will always cherish the memories of the last time I got to visit with Thelma, Sharon and Dawn. Was in Texas on a mission trip and got to spend the evening with them.. Aunt Thelma was a special person.

Connie Hartt

Dawnita so sorry to hear of Ms Thelma’s passing, yet rejoicing in the knowledge that she is in the arms of Jesus. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know her.