Obituaries Nov. 16, 2005


Rev. Dr. Daniel T. Jackson

retired pastor


AMORY — The Rev. Dr. Daniel Timothy Jackson, 97, a retired United Methodist pastor, died Oct. 9, 2005.


Services were held Oct. 17 at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Nelson and the Rev. Steven Owens officiating. Pallbearers were Anthony Brown, Cornell Brown, Kenneth Brown, Lawrence Brown, Michael Brown, Seanwong Brown, Christopher Childress, Cleorn Devon Day and Dwight Childress. Honorary pallbearers were United Methodist clergy. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Darden & Sons Funeral Home handled arrangements.


Dr. Jackson was born May 14, 1908, in Starkville. In 1930, Dr. Jackson, often referred to as D. T., answered the call to the ministry and was granted an exhortor’s license to preach, then was licensed as a local  preacher. In 1932, he was admitted on trial in the Upper Mississippi Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1934, he became an ordained deacon. On Dec. 6, 1936, he was elected and ordained elder and admitted into full connection.


For the next 72 years he was under appointment as a pastor, serving as director of Religious Education, conference Secretary of Evangelism, chair of the Board of Ministerial Relations and Qualifications and six years as district superintendent.


Dr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree from Rust College. On his 89th birthday, he was granted honorary master’s and doctoral degrees from the Anderson Baptist Seminary. He retired in 1978 but continued in full appointment as a retired supply pastor. The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church honored his lifetime of service at the 2004 session in Biloxi.


In 1962, Dr. Jackson was a member of a team of 40 ministers who went to South America on a 30-day evangelistic mission. Being one of only four black ministers on this trip, he was honored because of the challenge and the opportunity to serve a group of persons who were hungry for messages of hope, love, inspiration and community.


For years, Dr. Jackson served on the Amory city planning commission. He worked with youth as director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps Program. This ministry provided him the opportunity of meeting Joe K. Pack (Pack- Pack), who provided many hours of comfort by traveling with Dr. Jackson as he performed his pastoral assignment.


Dr. Jackson taught school for years and also served as principal. Dr. Jackson worked with the Board of Trustees for the Amory School District. He also served as a member of the Commission of the Housing Authority (RUD) and also worked with AARP.  In honor of his civic service, Amory Mayor Howard Boozer declared Oct. 17 “Rev. Daniel Timothy Jackson Day” in the city.


Dr. Jackson was preceded in death by a son, Sylvanius O. Jackson.


Survivors include: daughters Rosie Bernice Brown and Pearl Esther Day of Chicago; Sena Louise Childress of Dolton, Ill., and Bridgett Perkins of Amory; sons, Daniel T. Jackson Jr. of Chicago and Timothy D. Jackson of Austin, Texas; grandson and caregiver Kenneth Brown of Amory; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.



Rev. James Willard Jackson Jr.

retired pastor


MEMPHIS — The Rev. James Willard (Jimmy) Jackson Jr., 62, a United Methodist pastor, died Oct. 17, 2005, at his home.


Services were held Oct. 20 at Forest Hill East Memphis with burial at Forest Hill East Cemetery.


He was preceded in death by his father, James Willard Jackson Sr., and his son, Brian Allen Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Molly Bailey Jackson; two sons, Scott (Janni) and Matthew (Alisa); three granddaughters, Shelby, Lauren and Hannah.


He was a pastor and elder in The United Methodist Church, as well as being active in the North Mississippi Walk to Emmaus, Discover God’s Call and several other ministries. Memorials may be made to the North Mississippi Emmaus Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 228, Winona, MS 38967.


Marvin A. Riggs

retired professor


RAYMOND — Marvin A. Riggs, 94, a retired college professor, died Nov. 6, 2005, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.


Memorial services were held Nov. 13 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church. Chancellor Funeral Home of Byram handled arrangements.


Active at Forest Hill UMC, Mr. Riggs and his wife Virginia Mayfield Riggs supported Riggs Manor Retirement Community, which bears their name.


Mr. Riggs was born in St. Joseph, Mo., in 1911. He received his BA degree from Millsaps College in 1933 and his MA in history from the University of Alabama in 1947. He received a master’s in higher education and world affairs from the University of Denver in 1953. He also studied further at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., and at the University of Mississippi.


Mr. Riggs served as principal at Utica High School from 1938-1942. In 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and after working in the reception center at Camp Shelby, he was transferred to the 69th Infantry Division as a chief warrant officer in the Adjutant General’s department of the 271st Regiment. His division was later sent to the European theater of World War II. Shortly after D-Day, his division crossed the Rhine River. Ultimately they were the first U. S. Army unit to contact the Russian Army at the Elbe River, which led to Germany’s surrender two weeks later.


Upon his discharge, Mr. Riggs was a teacher and administrator at Mississippi Delta Community College (then Sunflower Junior College) from 1946-1954. While at Mississippi Delta, Mr. Riggs taught social science, was registrar for seven years and served as academic dean for two years. He began his career at Hinds Community College in 1955 where he taught U.S. history and geography. He taught at Hinds until 1976 when he retired. During his tenure at Hinds, Mr. Riggs also taught European history for many years at the University of Mississippi, Jackson Center, and during summer terms at Millsaps College.


At Forest Hill UMC, Mr. Riggs he taught Sunday school for many years. He was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Mr. and Mrs. Riggs enjoyed traveling and spent many summers in England and Scotland.


Mr. Riggs was a generous donor to many entities. Some of the entities that benefited from his generosity were his church; Hinds Community College; Mississippi Delta Community College; Millsaps College; the University of Mississippi; and the Children’s Cancer Center.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Riggs, and one brother, Stanley Riggs.


Survivors include, wife of 63 years, Virginia Riggs of Raymond.


Memorials may be made to Hinds Community College Development Foundation, P. O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154; the Children’s Cancer Center, 2500 North State Street Jackson, MS; Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 2504 Raymond Road, Jackson, MS 39212; or Riggs Manor Retirement Home, 2300 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154.



Rev. Delwin Thigpen

retired pastor


REDLANDS, Calif. — The Rev. Delwin Thigpen Jr., 81, died Oct. 18, 2005.

Rev. Thigpen served for more than 40 years at churches in Mississippi, Arizona and California.


Survivors include son, Richard Thigpen; daughter, Elizabeth Brown; brother, Morris Thigpen; and sister Rosemary McIntosh of Jackson.