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Welby Jackson, 88, of Odessa, formerly of Big Spring, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, in an Odessa nursing home. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Mark Lindsey officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nalley-Pickle & Welch funeral Home.
He was born June 8, 1925 in Oakdale, La., and married Essie Crouch July 19, 1952, in Lufkin, Texas.
He graduated from Diboll High School at midterm in 1943 and was immediately called into service where he served three years in the United States Navy during World War II, and was later recalled and served another three years during the Korean Conflict. After being discharged from the Navy, he worked for Halliburton in El Campo. Liberty and Bay City before being transferred to Big Spring in August of 1958 where he lived until the fall of 2010 when he moved to Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa.
He retired from the Big Spring refinery in 1982 with 23 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Big Spring for 52 years, ordained as a deacon in 1961 and served until 2010 when he moved to Odessa.
He is survived by his wife, Essie; a daughter, Georga Runyan and husband Dan of Valrico, Fla.; a son, Dan Jackson and wife Marty of Ligonier, Pa.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Jackie Sheets and Frankie Blackburn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle Six Ranch Baptist Camp, P.O. Box 976, Stanton, Texas 79782 or Texas Port Ministries, 1103 Cherry St., Freeport, Texas 77541, where he and Essie spent time as volunteers with Campers On Mission for more than 20 years.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com