ATMORE – Mr. Albert “Papa Ceta” Jackson, 109, of Atmore (Freemanville Community) died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at his residence.
He was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Freemanville and served his country as a member of the Buffalo Soldiers. At the time of his death, he was one of the oldest residents in Atmore and Escambia County, Ala. and was an avid drinker of Dr. Pepper. He had recently been awarded a year’s supply of Dr. Pepper by the Pepsi-Cola Company here in Atmore. His most noted scripture was the Fifth Commandment (Exodus 20:12), “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
Four brothers, Nathaniel Jackson, Richard Jackson, Joseph Jackson and Willie Jackson; and four sisters, Lucy Rabb, Alberta Thomas, Annie Louise Johnson and Lizzie Mae Thomas preceded him in death.
Those left to cherish the legacy of Mr. Jackson are nine devoted nieces and nephews, Obie Lewis Johnson and Elois Johnson both of Atmore, Annie M. Wesley of Atlanta, Jahaser (Leroy) Sass of Moncks Corner, S.C., Ella F. Brown of Riegelwood, N.C., Georgia M. (Preston) Jones of Clearwater, Fla, Eric (Johnnie M.) Johnson of Vista, Calif., Gideon G. Johnson of Monroeville and Connie Linda (Nathaniel) Royal of Warner Robbins, Ga.; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Freemanville with the Rev. Robert Davis, pastor, officiating. Retirement of his remains with military honors will be in the Pierce/Rabb Cemetery in Freemanville. Public viewing will be held from 2 until 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at the funeral home and a family hour will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church with Turner Funeral Chapel, LLC directing