|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1905|
|Death: ||Oct., 1953|
Rev. Dr. James Renwick Jackson
Death found a shining mark in the vineyard of the Lord when it summoned the Rev. Dr. James Renwick Jackson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church--the city's oldest congregation. Death came to him after a prolonged illness and within one sunset of the reluctant acceptance of his resignation from his spiritual charge.
Dr. Jackson, plagued by an incurable illness for more than a year, accepted the verdict philosophically. It never dimmed his active spirit in the cause of the Lord.
Through Dr. Jackson's tireless energy, yet humble appeal, he saw the rebuilding not only of the church structure but in the numbers and fervor of his flock. He was deep in his convictions; conscientious in his duties.
Ordained in his native Philadelphia in 1931, he came to Erie in 1944, having served previously in Tyrone, Pa. He brought with him the zeal of the evangelist, inspired intensity. He counted his harvest in souls. Our office here welcomed him regularly as a stimulating visitor.
He always seemed to leave some uplifting message, brief as it might be. He told of his early life in Philadelphia, his happy home life, of being a newsboy, of his college training, and later his years in Divinity school. They all fitted into the making of a leader. He consecrated that talent to the service of God.
"Servant of God, well done! Well hast thou fought!" --Milton
--Erie Daily Times, Oct. 2, 1953
Note: The First Presbyterian Church in Erie burned down in April 1944. Dr. Jackson rebuilt it by the beginning of 1950.
A Doctor of Spirit
The Rev. Dr. James Renwick Jackson has tendered his resignation as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, a regrettable necessity resulting from a lengthy illness.
It will perhaps come as an amusing surprise to Dr. Jackson to know that he is affectionately and respectfully known in newspaper offices not as the Rev. Dr. James Renwick Jackson, but as "Fireball" Jackson.
From the first time the energetic clergyman entered our city room in 1944, to his recently less frequent visits, he brought to the hectic days a bounce, verve and enthusiasm that picked up tiring minds and refreshed the entire day.
Thus it was inevitable that some fond descriptive nickname would be applied to a welcome visitor.
Dr. Jackson's vigor and enthusiasm may have become less evident through physical characteristics less robust.
But we are certain that, as pastor emeritus of his church, the infectious enthusiasm and sincerity of the good Dr. Jackson will continue to be a monumental strength to his parish.
--Erie Dispatch-Herald, Sept. 22, 1953
From "Talking with My Father"
by James Renwick Jackson, Jr.
You were a handsome man
attractive and winsome
bright northern sky blue eyes
that searched hearts deeply
when you looked at me
I felt searched and known
Samuel Jackson (1855 - 1927)
Margaret A. Carson Jackson (1862 - 1947)
Agnes McMullan Jackson McCallum (1903 - 2000)
James Renwick Jackson (1928 - 2012)*
William Carson Jackson (1884 - 1956)*
May Jackson (1886 - 1894)*
Ellsworth Erskine Jackson (1893 - 1974)*
Samuel R. Jackson (1896 - 1896)*
James R. Jackson (1896 - 1896)*
Ralph Rutherford Jackson (1898 - 1994)*
Samuel Allen Jackson (1901 - 1991)*
James Renwick Jackson (1905 - 1953)
Walter Thomas Jackson (1908 - 1956)*
Mount Moriah Cemetery
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