Josephine Ethel (Mayo) was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 8, 1933, to Obie and Ethel Mayo. Sunset, January 21, 2018.
She graduated from Washington High with a focus on nursing. She married James F. Jackson after High School. As a military Air Force family, each one of her children was born in different places around the world – Oklahoma (Tyrone), Greenville, SC (Denese), France (Siegfried), Dayton, Ohio (Renee).
She joined the church at the age of 8 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To her recollection, she lived on Booker Avenue and the church she attended was on Davis Street in the Biddleville Community. Rev. Stewart was the Pastor. In Atlanta, she was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. Her father, Obie Mayo was the assistant Pastor of Hunter Hill Baptist church. In Dayton, she attended St Luke Missionary Baptist Church where she served as the Sunday School Secretary and Teacher. She became a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in 2010.
In Dayton, she attended Miami Jacobs and received a Business Certificate. In 1973 she was employed by General Motors as an inspector. She retired from GM in 1994. She enjoyed traveling, especially cruises. She loved living life to fullest. She enjoyed spending playing bingo and Uno with her family and friends. She always looked forward to having lunch with her buddies at Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was her best self when she was making others laugh. She loved her Mount Carmel Family. She enjoyed being a part of the Women of Excellence Sunday school Class. She wanted her children to know that she loved them dearly.
She is the sister of James (Mary Willams). She is the mother of Tyrone Jackson (deceased), Denese Rivers, Siegfried Jackson, Renee (Lovell) Bradford. She is grandmother to T'Ronna (John) Hogan, Tyra Smart, LaRon Smart, Mechelle, Rivers, Marquetta Rivers, Tonette Rivers, FaJhenee Bradford, Lovell (Skip) Bradford, Seth Bradford. She also leaves her legacy of love to her 8 great grands and her special friend Joanna Smith of Dayton, Ohio.