Obituary for Mr. John W. Jackson    

John W. Jackson, one of five children born to the late Janet Miller Jackson and the late John W. Jackson Sr., was born in Queens, New York. John departed peacefully from this life with his wife and loved ones by his side at Pinnacle’s Community General Hospital on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
John was raised and received his formal education in Queens, New York. After relocating to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he took courses at Harrisburg Area Community College.
Children and youth were dear to John’s heart. He saw the need and founded a faith-based corporation named “Becoming the Sum of One.” Through his corporation, high school graduates of the Harrisburg School District were awarded scholarships to obtain a higher education. Additionally, John, along with Pastor Larry Coleman, was instrumental in starting a mentoring program for ex-offenders held at Wesley Union A. M.E. Zion Church. He was also a member of the Yoke Fellowship Prison Ministry.
Prior to John’s illness, he was employed as a supervisor at Service Master Janitorial Service of Harrisburg, as well as an independent consultant with Ambit Energy and Legal Shield Services.
John became a member of Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church under the pastorate of Reverend Fredrick Massey. Over the years, John served as a Steward, Greeter, Class Leader, Choir Member and a helpmate to parishioners, young and old. John’s favorite scripture was: “If I can help somebody along the way, then my living shall not be in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58. 
Leisurely, John enjoyed movies on television and at the movie theaters. He spent many hours ministering and encouraging others to seek the Lord.
The cherished memories of John’s life will long be remembered by his devoted wife of eight years, Anna M. Jackson of Harrisburg, PA.; two brothers, Michael Jackson (Patty), Terrance Jackson (Gale) of Harrisburg, PA; five sons, James Jackson (Tracey), Jerome Jackson (Linda), Daryl Crosby of New York; William B. Scott (Janette) and Gary Scott of Harrisburg, PA; one daughter, Karen Crosby of New York and a host of relatives, his church family and friends. 
Lovingly submitted by his Family.

From the Board of Directors:

Becoming The Sum Of One would like to acknowledge and memorial our founder, John W. Jackson.  Mr. Jackson passed away on September 9th, 2016 with his family and friends at his bedside.  Although we feel he was taken too soon we would not be expressing the full measure of the true giant of a man.  Faced with his own mortality his only concerns were with the others that he would leave behind. "I will be okay; let God be God."

Although Mr. Jackson's life had many personal challenges his passion to help people and his faith in God enabled him to transform those challenges into opportunities for himself and others. His ability to touch the spirit of everyone he came in contact with is another testament to his life and service. To say that his contribution in the creation and development of this organization was invaluable is an understatement.

In keeping with his spirit and faith we draw from Matthew 25:14 Mr. Jackson used his God given gifts and talents to do the will of God. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."  WELL DONE!

Mr. Jackson continues to be an inspiration to Becoming The Sum Of One. Our commitment to what is now his legacy is clear. Thank you John for your work and dedication in the service to others.



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Phone: 717-635-9094 or 717-712-4130


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