Elyria “Tillie” Christian Jackson 

 Elyria “Tillie” Christian Jackson, 85, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at the Kroontje Health Center in Blacksburg. She was a retired LPN from Retreat Hospital in Richmond from 1974 until 1988 and was a Red Cross volunteer during WWII. She was a member of Branch’s Baptist Church in Richmond where she was a member of the choir. Over the years she blessed many people with her beautiful voice at Grove Avenue Baptist, Monument Heights Baptist, and Branch’s Baptist Church while she was in Richmond and the many employees at the Kroontje Health Center in Blacksburg. She was member of Woodmen of the World. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Melvin Randolph Jackson, her parents Norval I. and Elyria Atkinson Christian, and a brother-in-law, Charles E. Jackson. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Dana and Eileen Jackson of Fairlawn, and Gary and Sharon Jackson of Blacksburg; four grandchildren, Tommy Jackson and his wife, Sarah of Radford, Pete Jackson and his wife, Jess of Plum Creek, Sarah Jackson of Harrisonburg, and Rachel Jackson of Blacksburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy “Dot” and Henry H. Dunston, Jr. of Glen Allen; and four nephews, John Jackson and his wife, Sylvia of Milford, Del., Robert Dunston and his wife Norma of Williamsburg, Ky., James Dunston of Richmond, and David Dunston and his wife Mary of Glen Allen; and three step great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Kroontje Health Center for their care of “Tillie” during her stay since 2005. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Kroontje Health Center at Warm Hearth, Benevolent Fund, 1000 Litton Lane, Blacksburg, Va 24060. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Bennett Funeral Home. The Jackson family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford. (www.mullinsfuneralhome.com)



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