Earnest G. Jackson formerly of Fort Gay

Ernest G. Jackson, age 67 of Massillon, passed away Saturday after a year illness. Ernie was born April 16, 1944 in Wayne County, WV to Willie & Ruth Jackson. Ernie played football for Vikings at Ft. Gay High School and graduated in 1963. Following school he joined the Army in 1966 and received an honorable discharge. He married Bessie Pendolino on January 27, 1968. Ernie was a 46 year employee of Republic Steel/Union Drawn retiring in 2011. He was a member of St. Barbara’s Church where he served as an usher at the 4:30 PM Mass. A member of the Tuslaw Lions Club & American Legion Post #441. His personal enjoyment was hunting and especially fishing on Lake Erie. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Jackson in 1995. Ernie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Bessie Jackson; two daughters, Chantell Kirby and her fiance Jack Jobes and Nickcole (Tim) Evans; his mother, Ruth Mary Jackson; sister, Judy Cavins and a brother, Willie Jackson Jr. all of Ft. Gay; sister, Carrie Young of East Lynn, WV, Donna Adkins of Ohio, Loretta Wilmoth of FL and a grandson, Daniel Kirby III. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Wednesday at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, his pastor Fr. Thomas Cebula will officiate. Burial will be at Brookfield Cemetery. Friends called Tuesday from 5-8 PM at the Paquelet Funeral Home. Donations can be sent to the St. Barbara’s Memorial Fund in Ernie’s name. Messages of support and sympathy can be sent to the family at www.paquelet.com.