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Della Jackson

December 5, 1946 August 16, 2011
Della Jackson
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On December 5, 1946, while an expecting mother, Louise Jacskon, and the attending midwife struggled to birth God's child, His angels saw to it that "God's Promise" would come to fruition.  I can imagine the conversation that took place at Sister Jackson's place of birth.  For it was then that the decision was made that this baby would not just be sent to live a life; but rather, to fulfill a divine purpose.
Primarily raised by Eliza Jackson (Della's great grandmother), she was the fourth of seven children born to Louise Jackson (the six of seven children: Florence Jackson, Gracie Jackson, Mary Jackson, Betty Williams, Harry Jackson, and John Green).  Although she was educated in the public schools of Richmond, Della attributes her higher level of education to her great grandmother Eliza.  From her she learned the meaning and purpose of prayer and trusting in God.
Starting at the young and tender age of 17, Della would come to birth two beartiful daughters, Maxine Stevenson and Brenda Jackson, and one handsome son, Raymond Jackson.  Due to the requirements of being a mother, she had to put her dream of becoming a nurse on hold while she made provisions for her children.  Being the adventurous, determined, and strong black woman that she was, Della would one day pack her children and her niece, Cynthia, and move to one of the most intimidating cities in the world, New York City.  In the Bronx, she would come to find her first church home and the Spirit of God.
Della made her way to the Garden of Prayer Cathedral C.O.G.I.C., under Bishop William James Robinson.  Here, the Lord was pouring out his spirit on all fliesh that entered the building.  The pastor, whom the saints just referred to as Bishop, was so anointed that a sinner could not sit comfortably without yielding his or her mind, body, and soul.  And on one good night, Sister Jackson Yielded her all.  She was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  She would go on to sanctify herself through the word of God, prayer, and meditation.  From that day forward, she lived to fulfill her divine purpost and place a permanent smile on God's face every step of the way.
Della delved into the Word, searching the scriptures daily.  They were her guide to growth and development.  Her prayer and faith took her to another level.  She understood that faith required praxis; for without evidence, what is faith?  She went on to live a life that demonstated the power of faith, ministering to the sick, the poor, and the downtrodden.  She would go boldly to the throne anywhere and at anytime.  And wherever she was, God was.  He would move on her behalf because of her faith.  One of favorite scriptures was, "According to your faith, so be it done unto you."  She was well versed in the scriptures.  This was evident when she expounded the word in Sudnay School, YPWW, and in Prayer and Bible Band.  When she spoke you knew that she spoke as one having authority in God.  She had the ability to lift heavy burdens, and she had the gift of exhortation.  Along with her power in God, Della's smile, charm, and personality enabled her to serve as an usher for many years.  After being in the Bronx and at the Garden of Prayer for over 40 years, she would relocate back home, to Virginia.
Upon relocating back to Richmond, Virginia, Sister Jackson's first task was to find a church.  She needed a church where the anointing was present and the Lord was being worshiped in the beauty of holiness.  The Spirit led her to Fresh anointing Cahtedral, C.O.G.I.C., where the Pastor is Larry C. Miles.  She said that he reminded her of Bishop Robinson - a Man of God and Highly Anointed.  She would continue living out her purpose as a member of Fresh Anointing until her death, a church, of which, she would adopt as her family.
The question need not be asked if any of the obstacles she faced prevented her from accomplishing her goals.  She nursed, prayed for, and ministered to the sick and the dying.  She couseled the young and old, encouraging them to live a saved life.  She gave advice to couples, although she herself was never married.
Della's younger brother, Harry Jackson and her niece, Cynthia Jackson both preceded her in death.  She leaves to cherish her memories:  her three children, Maxine Stevenson, Brenda Jackson and Raymond Jackson; six grandchildren, Dominique Stevenson, Vincent Stevenson II, Brittany Jackson, Brianna Jackson, Mahogany Freeman and Malcolm Freeman; one great grandchild, Sanyia Ward; one brother, John Green, Jr.; four sisters, Florence Jackson, Betty Williams, Gracie Jackson nd Mary Jackson; one son-in-law, Vincent Stevenson I; one sister-in-law, Easter Mae Green; one spiritual goddaughter, Tina; and a host of church family members and friends.
Did God send Della Jackson or did she go?  I would say that she ran well and none hindered her.  She was an example of what a Child of God would look like in human flesh.  On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 6:40 a.m., God's arms opened up with excitement for the return of one of His most precious and highly missed Vessels.  May her legacy go forth in you!!!
Funeral Services Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Fresh Anointing Cathedral Church of God, Richmond with interment in the Jackson Family Cemetery, Amelia.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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