Years ago, a young man met the young mother of little Thomas Banks. It followed with a ceremony of marriage, the two becoming as one, Mr. Dowl and Mrs. Elizabeth Williams-Harvey. To this union were born fraternal twins, Dowl and Delores, the younger being Delores.
Growing up in a God-fearing home, going to church was an intricate part of her life. The family faithfully attended and worshipped with the several rural churches in the Fortune Fork area. Delores confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age, August 26, 1957, at the Persimmon Grove M.B. Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Willie Matthews. Later, the Pure-Fountain M.B. Church merged with Persimmon Grove as one church Hwy 602, Fortune Fork, LA, and eventually moved to Tallulah. Delores remained a faithful member serving in the capacity of church secretary, under the leadership of Reverend Billy R. Dew, Sr.
As per Thomastown’s School History (the little schoolhouse with the big heart), young Miss Delores Harvey competed in the School Pageant becoming the first Miss Thomastown Queen, crowned for the years 1963-1964. Delores graduated in May 1965 with honors and attended Southern University pursuing studies in Accounting/Bookkeeping.
Delores was employed for 32 years at the Delta Community Action Agency in Tallulah as a bookkeeper and coordinator for Migrant Education.
The sparkle of Delores’ crown lit the eyes and heart of her high school sweetheart, Lonnie Beard Jackson, with the desire to seal their love in marriage on June 13, 1966. To this union were one daughter and four sons.
Delores took a morning flight, and changed her address to her new Eternal Home on August 16, 2019.
Delores was preceded in her earthly departure by both parents, Dowl and Elizabeth (Sister) Harvey; one brother, Thomas Banks; one granddaughter, Nadia; one great-granddaughter, Bella Delores; a goddaughter, Altivese Hicks, and her devoted husband, Lonnie Jackson of 51 years and her favorite sidekick, “SNOOPY.”
To uphold her legacy and to cherish her memories Delores leaves: five children: one daughter, Lawana Jackson (Willie)-Liddell of Houston, Texas, and four sons, Melvin (Joan) Jackson; Lionel Jackson; and Derrick (Lawanda) Young of Tallulah, LA and Greg Jackson of Greenville, Mississippi; two brothers, twin brother, Dowl (Linda) Harvey, Jr. and Willie Turner; one sister, Rosie Bailey of Tallulah, LA; one special daughter, Tonja Perkins, Tallulah, LA; one goddaughter, Theresa Brown and three godsons, Alvin, Mannix, and JaCorian Williams of Tallulah, LA; ten grandchildren, the apples of her eye, the angels of her heart, Latia, Raven, Christie, Kendall and Gabrielle Jackson, Nigel Liddell, Demeante, Derrick Jr., Dorian and Derrilon Young; six great-grands, Logan, Landon, Carneal Jr., Chloe, Carson, and Dominic, six nieces, Porscher, LaShundra and Kara, Leah, Merunda and Jaschandria; seven nephews, Larry, Joe, Devin, Brandon, Jared, Michael, Kevin, and Ben; four sisters-in-law, Mildred Stanley and Julia Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, Edna Thompson of Las Vegas, NV and Georgia Jackson of Austin, TX; three brothers-in-law, Ernest Jackson of Las Vegas, NV, Corneal Brown of South Carolina, and Jessie Jackson of Tallulah.
Special long-time friends, Mrs. B.B. Joyce of St. Joseph, LA, Maddie Frazier, and Vera Groves of Tallulah.