Born Saturday, June 24, 1961
Died Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Jonathan Dewayne Jackson, affectionately known as “Johnny” was born June 24, 1961 (same day as his maternal grandmother Lay Porter), in Muskogee, OK to his parents the late, Velma James Jackson and Wayne Jackson Jr. He was the eldest of the living children.
Johnny gave his life to Christ and was baptized at an early age, at the Church of Christ on 18th & Denison St. in Muskogee. As he grew older, he became a faithful member serving in the church until he was faced with health challenges.
Johnny received his education from Muskogee High School, and proudly earned his high school diploma. Also, during his early years he participated in the Special Olympics numerous times. He earned many medals, and proudly displayed them on his bedroom wall. His life’s hobbies consisted of walking, either with his mom or by himself, riding his bicycle, talking to anyone in the Muskogee community, while walking or sitting in Arrowhead Mall, and last but definitely not least, he would be watching Pro Wrestling on TV. His mom knew he loved wrestling so much, whenever the professional wrestlers would come to Muskogee she made sure he was there to attend. There were also a few times, he was able to help set up the wrestling ring, in hopes of getting a free seat or coming face to face with one of them.
Johnny’s calm humble, pure, and gentle demeanor was admired by all who knew him or by anyone who encountered him. He had an extremely close and unbreakable bond with his mother, the late Velma James. Although they were mother and son, they were the best of friends, and were each other’s world, with the purest love-unconditional and true. Their time here on earth was spent the majority of time together. His love for his daughter Crystal, his brothers, his sister, family and friends, was always expressed, heartfelt, and unconditional. He never complained or made a fuss about anything -always a friend, and never an enemy. Johnny’s Journey ended on July 14, 2021, 9 months and one day after his mother left her earthly body.
He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, best friend, caregiver, and protector, Velma L. James; Father, Wayne Jackson Jr., His bonus dad, David James; His oldest sister, Renita Davette; His maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephew.
He leaves to treasure his sweet memories, his one and only daughter, Crystal D. Swearer of Muskogee; His brothers, all of Muskogee, Sherman Jackson (Catherine) his caregiver, Gregory James and Wayne Jackson, his sister of Tulsa, Ladonna Shanklin (Rudolph), two special cousins and one Aunt, who helped care for him during his latter days, Sherlyn Jefferson and Danna Porter of Muskogee, Aunt Norma Gilkey of Tulsa and a special cousin who care and raised his daughter, Linda Hitchye of Muskogee.
A Service of Memory will be conducted, Friday, July 23,2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the 18th & Denison St., Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Booker T. Washington cemetery. Public visitation, Thursday, in the Precious Memories Chapel-House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.
The family has been cared for by, House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.