Shelia Jackson


Shelia McCroskey Jackson, 61, of Etowah, departed this life on Saturday morning, Sept. 23, 2017, at an Athens medical center.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she had retired from the Family Resource Agency with more than 20 years of service. She was the founder and pastor of River of Life Truth Mission as well as the former president of the Areawide McMinn County Cancer Support Group and former board member of the McMinn Senior Center. Her passions in life were traveling, yard sales, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Jackson; father, Winston McCroskey; and sister, Tonya Bowerman.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughter Sherita (Thomas) Dodd and son, Graylon Ervin, both of Etowah; mother, Willa J. McCroskey; sisters: Mary Sabrina McCroskey of Etowah and Mary Serena McCroskey of Springfield, Mass.; brother-in-law, Charles (Betty) Jackson; grandchildren: Demicah Malone, Shelton Malone, Shariq Dodd, Jalon Ervin, LaDarius Felix, Briana and Draden; and special friends, Deborah (Herbert) Benton, Shelia Mason, Frances Pierce, Shirley Neal, Brenda Harris, Dana Staton and Paul Ervin.

A Celebration of Life and home going will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah, with Pastor Georgia Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in the New Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m on Thursday, prior to the service.

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