Arthur Jackson, age 89, of Lettsworth
LETTSWORTH - Funeral services for Arthur Jackson of Lettsworth will begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Escude Funeral Home in Simmesport. Interment will be at Tree Of Life Cemetery in Lettsworth.
Visitation will be Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. at Escude Funeral Home.
Mr. Arthur Jackson, age 89, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2016.
On December 25, 1927 Tarrable Scalls Jackson and Jane Williams were blessed with a wonderful baby son and they named him Arthur Jackson. Arthur was introduced to and accepted God at an early age. He was raised in Lettsworth by his great grandparents Sam and Aggie Porter and his mother Jane Williams Draper and Lesley Draper Sr.
Arthur met and married Henrietta Francois, and to this union was born seven children. He worked on the Whitehall Plantation where he loved to train horses and swim. Later in life he became a very dependable and hard-working construction worker for Zapata Warrior Construction, where he worked until he retired. While working for Warrior Construction he worked his way up from a general laborer to the “no nonsense” Foreman. He helped to build many major bridges, spillways, causeways, hospitals, universities, dams, highways, skyscrapers etc., from Louisiana to Alabama to Tennessee to Texas all in between and beyond. The Morganza Spillway, New Orleans Levees, University of Houston, Houston Pennzoil Building and LBJ Hospital in Houston, Texas are a few of his contributions to the United States. Arthur also owned his own business, “Emily’s Cafe” from 1967-1973.
Arthur was a generous, caring, sincere and loving man. He was very debonair in his appearance, expecting the same and providing the same for his family. He helped nearly every relative, friend, neighbor, co-worker and even strangers who needed his help.
Arthur was preceded in death by his great-grandparents: Sam and Aggie Porter; paternal grandparents, Buddy and Sarah Jackson; maternal grandparents, Gus Williams Sr. and Lettie Williams; father, Tarrable Scalls Jackson; mother, Jane Williams Draper; step-father, Lesley Draper Sr.; daughter, Lillian Jackson Guzman; his children’s mothers, Henrietta Francois, Amelie (Emily) Jackson; and all of his siblings, several grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Arthur leaves to rejoice in his homecoming and cherish his memory, two sons: Arthur Jackson Jr., and James Ray (Helen) Jackson; five daughters: Geraldine (Sylvester) Callihan of Simmesport, Carol (John) Burkhalter of Marksville, Betty Johnson of Baton Rouge, Ida Mae (Alton) Dupar of Odenburg, Agnes (Tommy) Perkins of Baton Rouge; 28 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; one brother-in-law Hayes Alexander, of Milton, Washington; one sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Draper of Lettsworth; cousin and friend William (Tutu) Holmes of New Orleans; longtime friends, John Willie Griffin, Doasia Mae Johnson, Ernestine Della of Houston, Texas, Sandy and Nell Broussard of Pearland, Texas.