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Virgil Edward Jackson, formerly of Maysville, was born Dec. 17, 1935 in St. Joseph, the son of Virgil and Oma Elizabeth (Griggs) Jackson, and passed away Feb. 27, 2011, at Chillicothe, Mo., at the age of 75 years.
Virgil was a 1952 graduate of St. Joseph Central High School where he excelled in football, basketball, and track. On Aug. 23, 1958, at Wasola, Mo., Virgil and Zola Allene Twitty were united in marriage. To this union three children were born. Virgil was a Christian; he loved the Lord, his family and his country and served in the United States Marine Corp for six and a half years.
He was a member of Copeland Baptist Church in St. Joseph before moving to Kansas City for employment with TransWorld Airlines. Virgil had 39 years of faithful service to TWA and retired as a senior work controller. He also was ordained as a deacon at Harmony Heights Baptist Church in Kansas City.
He loved bird dogs and was a member of American Field Trial Association and Pony Express Field Trial Club.
After moving from Kansas City, Virgil became a member of Osborn Baptist Church and later at First Baptist Church of Maysville. He was also very involved with Prison Fellowship Ministries and Gideons International as a very dedicated volunteer.
He is preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Donna, Jackson, Mary Wilson, Irene Fry, Evelyn Edwards and Wanita Schussler; and two brothers, Alfred and Earl Jackson.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Zola Allene Jackson of Chillicothe; three children, Shawn Plowman and husband, Scott, of Ferrelview, Mo., Beth Reppuhn and husband, Dan, of Walland, Tenn., and Craig Jackson and wife, Kerrie, of Ash Grove, Mo.; one sister, Judy Roberts of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Warren Jackson, of The Villages, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, T.J., Elias, Joshua, and Abby Plowman, Amber, Faith, Micah, Michaela, and Alyssa Reppuhn, Jared and Jenna Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Kadance and Edwin Plowman.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at the First Baptist Church of Maysville with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Union Star, Mo. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bram-Turner Funeral Home of Maysville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International or Midland Ministries in care of Bram-Turner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 350 Maysville, MO 64469; www. bram-turnerfuneralhome.com