Funeral services for Grantham W. Jackson, 89, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Dan Patman and Rev. Jessica Moffatt Seay. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.


Funeral services for Grantham W. Jackson, 89, will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Dan Patman and Rev. Jessica Moffatt Seay. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

 

Son of the late P. M. and Maggie Lee Chambers Jackson, Grantham was born August 11, 1920, at Ardmore, Oklahoma, and had lived here all of his life. He died here Thursday, June 24, 2010.

 

Grantham graduated from Ardmore High School, the Class of 1938 and attended Oklahoma Military Academy and Oklahoma A & M College before entering the U. S. Army in January of 1941. Following the beginning of World War II he was sent to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. A Technical Sergeant in the 417th Bombardment Group of the Army Air Corps, he and his group were in the Battles of the Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, the Southern Philippines Liberation, Luzon and Western Pacific. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also given two special letters of commendation, one from the Commanding Officer 672nd Bombardment Squadron and one from the Commanding General of the 5th Bomber Command.

 

He and the former Mary Gene Wilson were married June 7, 1946, in the First Methodist Church at Ardmore and recently celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary.

 

Soon after returning from the military Grantham became the Wholesale Distributor for Mobil Oil and Gas at Ardmore and after 41 years with Mobil retired in 1994. He and his family were faithful members of First United Methodist Church where he was for many years a Sunday School Teacher, being the first man to teach in the Kindergarten Class and then proceeding through Junior and High School classes and finally teaching the first Singles Class of the church. He had been past president of Charles Evans PTA, was a longtime member of American Legion Post 65 and was a former member of the Ardmore Kiwanis Club.

 

“He was one of the great ones of that famous greatest generation of Americans that fought for and helped build this nation during the 20th Century.”

 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Gene Jackson of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jeannine Jackson and daughter and son-in-law, Gay Ann and Patrick Morgan all of Ardmore; five grandchildren, Monica Dickerson and husband, Roger, Shane Morgan, Graig Jackson and wife, Michele, Sundy Corbin and husband, Stephen, and Adrian Morgan; five great-grandchildren, Cooper Boswell, Rylee Dickerson, Grace Corbin, Laurel Corbin and Owen Morgan.

 

Serving as bearers will be Dan Mahoney, Bob Hare, Phillip Todd, Brian Douglas, Darrin Douglas and Sam Douglas.  Honorary bearers include Darryl Roberts, Gary W.  Farabough, Roy Butler, Larry Lovelace, Tom Robinson, Thom McGuire, Avon Barber, Bill Parker and Tom Crowell.

 

Memorials may be made to the Youth Department of the First United Methodist Church.

 

A time of support and visitation for family and friends will be today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family on line at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.