Ether Jackson was born on December 24, 1920. After her first retirement many years ago, she went to work at The Beck Cultural Exchange Center. She retired again from her work at the Beck Center. But retirement was not in Jackson’s future plan.
She lives within the Beck community and drives herself every other week, to volunteer for a six to eight-hour day at Beck Center. Mrs. Jackson organizes, sorts, copies and archives obituaries of each African-American from the community is archived at The Beck, never to be forgotten.
“These records are important and evidence of the great people who passed this way. Obituaries contain connective and genealogical information,” said Kesler. “Mrs. Jackson is loved and greatly appreciated.”
Mrs. Jackson is The Beck’s premier volunteer, according to Beck Center Director Rev. Renee Kesler. Last year, Kesler hosted Jackson’s 100th birthday celebration at the center with the help of friends and family members.
The Knoxville community wants to wish Ms. Jackson a Happy Birthday, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and healthy New Year.