August 19, 2018

Robert Jackson (1925 – 2009)

by Connie W. Adams

Robert Jackson, 84, of Nashville, Tennessee, changed worlds on May 5, 2009. He preached the gospel for fifty-nine years. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he returned to Charlotte, Tennessee where he served as Postmaster. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He began attending services with his wife, Juanita, while Grover Stevens was preaching there and was converted during that time. He and his friend, Edwin Hayes, both obeyed the gospel the same day and both of them preached their first sermon on the same day, one speaking in the morning and the other in the evening, while Grover was away in a gospel meeting.

Robert Jackson was very popular with the young people all of his life. He helped many of them to start their lives in the right direction. During the hectic days of the struggle over institutionalism, Robert took a firm stand while most of the preachers and churches in the Nashville area did not. His courage during those days emboldened many others to stand and he came to be in much demand for gospel meetings.

He took a good bit of teasing about his fashionable style of dressing and was subjected to some criticism as well. But he was who he was and shrugged off all that and did not allow it to keep him from preaching what he thought should he said. His preaching was simple and his sermons were usually short. But he was effective. I had the privilege of hearing him in a number of meetings, including several where I was the local preacher. Someone said that Robert
could quote Acts 2:38 or Mark 16:16 as if that were the first time it was ever uttered. Once, during a meeting in Orlando, he preached on "Where Would Paul Worship in Orlando?" During a meeting at Manslick Road in Louisville, Kentucky, he spoke one Sunday afternoon on "Why I Left the Methodist Church."

In Nashville, he preached for many years at Riverside Drive, for a short time at Franklin Road before returning to Riverside Drive, and then during his last years at Campbell Road.

It was during a meeting at Manslick Road in Louisville, that our youngest son, Martin, obeyed the gospel. Robert took his confession and I baptized him. He was always a pleasant guest. He gave Wilson and Martin, each, a pair of his cuff links.

In more recent years, Robert kept aloof from many of the controversies which swirled among some brethren and continued his basic, simple preaching. Every preacher brings his own personality to his work and Robert Jackson did that with great effect. I counted Robert a personal friend, as did a host of others, and will miss him.

It is unique that his friend, and fellow preacher, Edwin Hayes, was buried on the same day Robert died. He was also a faithful preacher for many years and did much good work which will live on. We express our sympathies to the families of both of these men. We are losing a generation of soldiers of the cross. Will there be enough volunteers to replace them?

Truth Magazine Vol. LIII: 7 July 2009