SUMTER -- Mrs. Caroline Livingston Jackson, 89, formerly of Belleville Road, Orangeburg, but more recently of Covenant Place, Sumter, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Covenant Place. She was the wife of the late John Louis Jackson and the daughter of the late Richard Vernon Livingston and Nellie Livingston Livingston.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Prospect Southern Methodist Church, Jamison, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Charlie Walton.
Caroline Livingston was born Oct. 11, 1929, in the Livingston community in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, to Vernon and Nellie Livingston. She grew up in that small, close-knit community and later on Langley Road near Jamison. Jamison is where she met John Louis Jackson, whom she married on Oct. 22, 1947, and with whom she had four children. In those early years, she was happy being a farmer's wife, growing a garden, even driving the tractor when she was needed.
During the years her children were growing up, Mrs. Jackson was proud to be a mother and homemaker. She was a Cub Scout leader during the years her sons were in that organization. At Cameron School, she served as a grade mother many times and frequently volunteered at the various school activities in which her children participated. During the ‘50s and ‘60s, everyone at the school knew “Miss” Caroline.
Mrs. Jackson enjoyed being in the Home Demonstration Club, where the women in the community got together to learn new skills and to socialize. She was a Sunday school teacher and youth leader for many decades at Prospect Southern Methodist Church in Jamison. She also was active in the Ladies' Missionary Society at her church and served as an officer in the district and state missionary societies. After her children were grown and her husband retired, the two devoted several years to missions work with New Tribes Mission in Florida, including a mission trip to South America.
She would want to be remembered first of all as a born-again believer and secondly as a wife and mother. Many friends and family members will remember her for the love and kindness and happiness she shared with them. They would certainly remember her for her good cooking, especially her caramel and coconut cakes.
Mrs. Jackson was predeceased by her brother, Marshall Livingston, and her sister, Mary Mankin. She is survived by her four children, Susan Pitts of Atlanta, Louis Jackson (Harriet) of Sumter, Thomas Jackson (Sherry) of Sumter, and Steven Jackson (Andrea) of Adrian, Missouri. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Brandon Pitts, Patrick Pitts, Christian Pitts and Caroline Robinson (children of Susan); Gabrielle Geddings and Elizabeth Williams (daughters of Louis); Ricky Jackson, Gregg Jackson, Matthew Jackson and Randall Jackson (sons of Thomas); and Bryan Jackson, Jonathan Jackson and Rebekah Jackson (children of Steven). She is also survived by a number of great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Gideons International.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the arrangements.