Forever In Our Hearts

A story of Sylvia R. Jackson

Sylvia R. Jackson

Sylvia Rowe Jackson was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 30th, 1944. The eldest of four children, Sylvia was the nucleus of the joy of her siblings: David, Cordell, and Gloria. She was the glue that held their bond of love intact, which was shaped and molded by the love provided by their parents David and Amanda Adams. Sylvia married her soul mate and high school sweetheart Walter L. Jackson Sr., and together they had two sons Walter Jr. and Phillip (PJ).

A beloved daughter, mother, wife, sister, and friend Sylvia was always giving of herself. She offered sound guidance and tactful advice to her children, family, and friends. When her siblings needed an objective confidential opinion, Sylvia often served as an attentive sounding board and source of comfort. Sylvia had a determination that did not allow her to be consumed with thoughts of her own health. During her first battle with cancer, and twenty months after having a double mastectomy she offered to travel back to Birmingham to help her brother with the care of their sick mother. She made this a regular routine, and would remain in Birmingham for two to three weeks at a time to give her brother the much needed respite while caring for her mother.

Sylvia enjoyed shopping, but not for herself. She really enjoyed shopping for others. Whether it was in remembering someone’s birthday, anniversary or seasonal observance. The gift was carefully selected especially for the person, not merely given to them.

Although her late husband’s career necessitated several relocations, Sylvia maintained contact with many friends they made through the years, interweaving into conversations the names of the neighbors, co‐workers, soccer moms and their children as though to say, “You know them; They’re just like family.”

In July 2005, Sylvia informed her family of her diagnosis of Stage 1 breast cancer. She would eventually undergo radical surgery for a double mastectomy. Compelled by her strong determination for survival and commitment of resilience, Sylvia found the physical strength to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. Sylvia enjoyed the benefits and peace of mind of being cancer free for 4.5 years. In March of 2009, six months before the coveted 5 year mark, the cancer returned. This time more aggressive than before, as she was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic cancer. Drawing from her previous experience and her own personal faith, Sylvia bravely underwent several months of extensive chemotherapy treatments.

On June 14th, 2010 heaven’s gate opened to receive the soul of our beautiful Sylvia. She made her peaceful transition in Dallas, TX surrounded by her loving sons Walter Jr., Phillip (PJ), daughter‐in‐law Cheryl, and sister Gloria.

Sylvia’s family was dear to her heart. She continuously demonstrated love for them and for others whenever an opportunity presented itself.