Ms. Cornelia Annette Jackson, 58, died Sept. 12 surrounded by her children, siblings, and extended family.
Ms. Jackson was born Aug. 9, 1965, to the late Waymon and Josie Jackson in Miami, Fla.
In the early 1980’s, she joined Bennett Tabernacle Holiness Church. Cornelia used her gift of exhortation, teaching, and coaching to witness to her students and others about Jesus. She used her talents to impact the lives of those she had a privilege to cross paths with.
Cornelia graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1983. She once said, “My whole life was devoted to sports. I lived, slept, and on occasions ate sports. I was determined to be the best athlete in the south part of Georgia.” Cornelia accepted a basketball scholarship to University of South Carolina in Spartanburg, S.C., and played two years. She swiftly transitioned from sports to being a mother of two beautiful children. Cornelia earned an Associate of Science, Macon College (1990), Bachelor of Arts, Brewton-Parker College (1993), Master of Education, Cambridge College (2003), and a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership, Cambridge College (2007). Cornelia was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. She served in the Army Reserves from 1993-2003 as a Combat Medic. Cornelia retired from Swainsboro High School after 27 years of teaching Health & P.E and coaching basketball, cross country, and track.
Cornelia was predeceased by her brother, Waymon Yarnell Jackson Jr. (1989); grandchildren, Tyia (2003) and Tyon Hunt (2005); mother, Josie K. Jackson (2018); and father, Waymon Y. Jackson, Sr. (2020).
Survivors include her daughter the Rev. Shatoya P. Aylor (James); son, Willie J. Hunt; grandchildren, Kirah & Kash Aylor; siblings Evangelist Patricia Jackson, Johnny Will Jackson, Shelia Hall (Alford), and Roderick Ringold (Yolanda); niece Aaliyah Ringold; nephews Antonio Jackson, Andrei Hall (Grace), Min. Roderick Ringold Jr., and Brad Nails; devoted friend Michele Burney; and her extended family and special friends.
A celebration of life was held Sept. 17 at Bennett Tabernacle Holiness Church in Hazlehurst. Burial was in Northview Cemetery in Hazlehurst with military honors.
King Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge.