Brother Odis ‘Juice’ Jackson, Jr. (aka Butch) completed his earthly assignments on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, when he peacefully transitioned from mortality to immortality and entered into the presence of the Lord. He prepared for this blessed occasion as a youth, and he patiently waited for it until his mansion was ready for occupancy.
The son of the late Odis Jackson, Sr. and Idella Chitty Jackson Taylor, Odis was born on April 30, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland on a naval base. Claiming Stevenson, Alabama as his home, Odis grew up there among family and friends who poured into him, grooming and shaping him into the loving, warm, charismatic, and caring person he became. At the age of 13, the family relocated to Winchester, Tennessee, the place that became his home—the ‘home’ where he became an icon and pillar of the community. Everybody, far and near, knew Odis, and Odis knew everybody.
Odis was a 1968 graduate of Franklin County High School, placing him in the first mandated, court-ordered class to integrate the local school system. Entering as a junior, he was a graduate of the second class in the integrated system. He was employed by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for 30 plus years. Odis was community-minded and intersected across all communities. He became a legendary horseshoe pitcher. Equally, he was known for the many years he refereed youth league basketball and baseball games throughout the county. Ultimately, basketball became his love. Odis sowed love and love came back to him.
On August 16, 1975, he married the love of his life, Rosalie Covino Jackson. This union was blessed with 41 years of marriage and two beautiful children, April Covino Jackson and Joshua (Josh) Covino Jackson. They made their home in Cowan, Tennessee.
Odis was a member of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church where he served faithfully as an usher, extending love to everyone who came into the house of worship. Also, he supported the kitchen committee, working wherever an extra hand was needed. He extended those same services to the Friendship United Primitive Baptist Association.
Odis is preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie; grandson, Jackson Cruz Garcia; father, Odis Jackson, Sr.; mother, Mother Idella Taylor, and step-father, Deacon Robert Taylor. To continue his legacy are his children, April and husband Daniel Garcia, Josh, and Daimon Carrington; endeared sisters, Patricia (Aron) Farris and Grace (Richard) Reed, and Betty Jackson; brother, Elgin (Bobbie) Jackson. His family in-love are Ernest (Ruth Ann) Covino, Janet (Frank) Doxey, Tehran Covino, Karen (Richard) Moravec, and Patricia (Peter) Eagles. An extended family includes Uncle Josh Liggins, Aunt Mamie Pruitt, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
This chapter in the life of Odis ‘Juice’ Jackson, Jr. (aka Butch) has ended. A new chapter has begun.
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