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Thomas Allen Jackson

May 31, 1962 - May 9, 2024

Tom’s burial wishes are being honored by his family.

They ask for continued prayers as they navigate their lives without him.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.morrisfuneralhomecowenwv.com.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will follow sometime this summer.

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Thomas Allen Jackson, 62 years old, of Sutton WV, passed away on May 9, 2024 at his home in Cowen, WV, after battling colon cancer for almost 7 years.

Burial will be at Harris Cemetery, Bays, WV. Arrangements are by Morris Funeral Home, Cowen, WV.

Tom was born in Clarksburg, WV, to Betty Jean (Conant) Jackson and the late Kenneth Morrison Jackson on May 31, 1962.

Tom’s “sweetheart”, Sylvia M. Riley, shared the last 19 years with him.

Tom graduated from Braxton County High School. His love for tinkering and mechanics led him to Nashville Auto Diesel College, where he graduated as an auto/diesel mechanic. He worked for Danny’s Service Center in Kanawha City, WV, after graduation, delivering parts.

Tom worked for Facemire Construction, building Go-Mart stores. This led to his job of 20+ years as mechanic and eventually Shop Foreman at Go-Mart, Inc., (Heater Oil Company), Gassaway, WV. Tom had a newspaper delivery route for a time. He worked for Huffman Trucking, driving coal trucks and was a truck mechanic. This is the job that allowed him to cross paths with Sylvia. Tom always wanted to offer a road side service and work for himself. He did so with his youngest son, Threy, and started the business, Lazy J Services.

Tom loved his boys. . .they were his pride and joy. He loved being at the farm in Bays, WV. Tom referred to himself as a “motor doctor” and his love for Volvos was infamous to those who knew him well. Tom’s interests ranged from motorcycles, scale model building, fishing (especially the Eric Workman Annual Tournament with Benny Dale) to gardening and canning. In the citizen’s band, CB radio days, Tom acquired the handle ‘Tom Cat’. This carried over into his work life and truck driving. Tom was an avid reader and loved reading about history. He took pride in knowing he was a descendant of Thomas Jonathan ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.

Tom attended Christ Church United Methodist when his boys were younger. His family knows that he has accepted the Lord as his savior and are grateful they will be with him again someday.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Morrison Jackson.

Tom always struggled with never having met his father since Kenneth had been killed in Italy while in the Air Force as a flight mechanic. The entire family is rejoicing in the fact that they will finally be together.

Tom is survived by his life partner and “sweetheart”, Sylvia M. Riley, Cowen, WV; Sons: Thomas “Graham” Jackson, Fairmont, WV;

Spenser Gage Jackson (family), Gassaway, WV; and Threy-Allen Magnum Jackson, Sutton, WV. Brothers: Steven Lee Jackson (Thelma “Jeannie”), Woodruff, SC; James “Jimmy” Litton (Ella “Sis” Hickman), Little Birch, WV; beloved and precious mother, Betty Jean (Conant) Jackson, Woodruff, SC; Nephews: Kenneth Wayne Jackson (Gina), Woodruff, SC; Jonathan Lee Jackson (Jessica), Beckley, WV; Great nieces and nephew: Savannah, Jacob Lee and Abbylee.

Grandson Matt Elshiaty (Laura), Morgantown, WV; and Batanya Kay Gillespie (Jackson), Sutton, WV.

The families of Tom, Sylvia, Betty, Graham, Spenser, and They wish to extend their sincere thanks to his Dr. Brager, the Hospice Care Team, and Mike Morris.

Tom’s burial wishes are being honored by his family.

They ask for continued prayers as they navigate their lives without him.

Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.morrisfuneralhomecowenwv.com.

A memorial gathering for family and friends will follow sometime this summer.