“May the work I do speak for me.” This familiar quote describes the life and philosophy of Mrs. Annie Coats Jackson, a caring and compassionate woman who committed her life to providing service in a multiplicity of capacities.
Annie was known as being a conscientious, enthusiastic, inquisitive and versatile woman as well as a dynamic teacher and leader. God called Mrs. Annie C. Jackson into a life of service on October 22, 1934. Her mission was fulfilled and she returned peacefully to the throne of heaven on September 21, 2014 surrounded by her children. She always wore a pleasant smile and lived her life to the fullest until the very end.
Born in Wheeler County, Georgia to the late Rev. and Mrs. Eddie Coats, she was a product of the Wheeler County Public School System, graduating as Salutatorian. Mrs. Jackson furthered her education at Albany State University, Atlanta University, University of Michigan, and Georgia Southern University. She was a member of Bethel AME Church serving in various roles including Sunday School Teacher, Director of Christian Education, Coordinator of Vacation Bible School, Stewardess Board, Past District Director of Lay Activities, Missionary Society and Carrie S. Butler Women Auxiliary. She was a retired educator of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
During her life, Jackson taught, mentored and touched the lives of many. Her professional, civic and social activities included: Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Past President of Savannah-Chatham Coalition of Black Women, President of Savannah Kappa’s Silhouettes, Past President of Savannah Charms, Past President and Associate Member of Savannah Chapter of Jack and Jill, Past President of Albany State University Alumni Association, life member of National
Education Association, Georgia Association of Education, and Georgia Retired Educators. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Lester George Jackson, Jr. Annie was very proud of her six successful children: four sons, Lester G. Jackson, III, DDS (Lorna, DDS), Arnold Bernard Jackson (Tracy), Anthony W. Jackson, MD (Holly), Timothy L. Jackson, DDS; two daughters, Sonya L. Jackson, and Julie L. Jackson. She is also survived by three sisters, Lucille Reid, Janice Hardy (Ralph), Gloria Coats; two brothers, Thomas Coats (Grace) , Arnold Coats; two sister-in-laws, Evalena Jones and Emma Coats; a special godson, Lester Anthony; 17 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Savannah, GA, Rev. Charles W. Purnell, Pastor, Rev. Mark Coats, officiated. She lies in rest at Hillcrest Abbey East.