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J. Ellis Jackson
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Birth: May 20, 1910
Franklin County
Kansas, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 2005
Riley County
Kansas, USA

S/O James Bush and Olive May (Jones) Jackson.
He married Freda Heath June 9, 1935, at her farm home near Liberal. She died Aug. 21, 2002.
He attended grade school and high school, then Ottawa University where he graduated in 1933 with a bachelors degree. He attended Northwestern University in Chicago and later the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., where he received his Master of Music Education degree in 1954.
He was a music teacher for public schools for 34 years. He taught in Deer Creek, Okla., Kismet, Jetmore, Meade and Assaria. The last 25 years of his career were with Wichita East and West High Schools. He retired from West High School in 1969 as head of the music department.
His name was added to the Cradle Roll list at First Baptist Church in Ottawa when he was two days old. He was a member of the Ottawa church until marriage. He was a member of Old Manor Baptist Church in Wichita from 1960 to 2000, when he joined First Baptist Church in Manhattan. He was director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Wichita and was a tenor soloist at First United Methodist Church in Wichita for 15 years.
He joined the Kiwanis club in Meade in 1936, then joined the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Wichita in 1945 and maintained perfect attendance for 53 years. He has had most offices in his club and advanced to Lieutenant Governor of Division VII, then became Governor of Kansas District of Kiwanis in 1966. Later, he was appointed to the office of Kansas District Secretary and served six years in that capacity. He has served on several International Committees and was director of Council and Convention Music at the 1968 International Kiwanis Convention, which was in Toronto, Canada. He sang first tenor in Downtown Kiwanis Quartet and Wichita Kiwanis Chorus for more than 30 years. His quartet and chorus performed at five International Kiwanis Conventions, including one appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. He was also a past president of the University Club of Wichita and had served on the Board of Civic Music for many years.
His hobbies included woodworking and carpentry. In his basement workshop, he worked with antique wood and made several clocks from black walnut wood from a kitchen table his grandparents had bought when they married in 1874.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Ada Jackson, Veda Jackson and Olive Coldren.

Old Mission Cemetery
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Oz
Record added: Nov 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12538907
J. Ellis Jackson
Added by: David G. Stuart
J. Ellis Jackson
Added by: David G. Stuart
J. Ellis Jackson
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- CW Carter
 Added: Nov. 30, 2014

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Jul. 23, 2013
Mr. Jackson was my home room teacher at Wichita West High School, 1955 - 1958.
- David G. Stuart
 Added: Feb. 6, 2006
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