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Ernestine Rorex-Jackson

Ernestine Rorex Jackson, born May 23, 1923, Saturday, March 9, 2024 at the age of 100, “ Tom” as she was affectionately known to everyone, entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ernestine graduated from Austin High School. She was employed as a Nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for over thirty years. After retirement, she volunteered as a Candy Stripper, served meals at the, Knoxville Rescue Mission and enjoyed ministering to inmates at the Knoxville City Jail.

Ernestine was a faithful and longtime member of Cherry Street Church of God.

She was fondly known as, “Mother of the Church,”a avid reader of The Bible, loved the Lord and Lived a true Christian Life.

Preceded in death by parents, Sam and Ella Rorex; husband, Emmett James Jackson, Sr.; sisters, Margaret Holland, Samuel McBath, Imogene Bradford, Cloteal Glanton and Frances Golightly.

She leaves to cherish memories, very devoted son, Emmert “EM” James Jackson, Jr., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; devoted friend, Barbara Easterly.

Family will receive friends, 11:00-12:00 noon, Saturday, March 16, 2024 at Cherry Street Church of God Sanctified; funeral service, 12:00 noon, Bishop Guiford R. Hill, Officiating.

Interment, Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by, JARNIGAN & SON MORTUARY


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Jamesena Hardin
Jamesena Hardin
Mar 19

Psalm 23: 1 The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want;

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy and may the Peace of God that surpasses all understanding bring comfort to all now and forever. Treasure the prayers memories of your Loved Ones in your Hearts 💕 forevermore.

Em, you have been a loving, and supportive son to your mother. You done a great job taking care of her throughout the years. May God continue to keep you and bless you. Continual prayers 🙏 in the days, months, and years to come.

Jamesena West-Hardin & Family, Lillan West-Collins & Family


Beth Mullin
Beth Mullin
Mar 15

I first met Ernestine when she was a volunteer greeter at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where I was a newly diagnosed cancer patient. In addition to her compassionate interaction with patients, welcoming, guiding us through the process of registering, seeing to our comfort while waiting, and alleviating our anxiety, she routinely brought beautiful fresh cut flowers to the Medical Center from her own gardens. I have wonderful memories of visiting with Ernestine in her S. Castle home where she frequently sent me home with cuttings, seeds or flowers from her beautiful gardens. After she moved with EM to Reliant Lane, we stayed in touch, and I was able to continue to enjoy her company. One afternoon I brought…

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