On March 29th, James Jackson joined an elite population of centenarians and celebrated his 100th Birthday. James was born in Ashdown, Arkansas, on March 29, 1918.
On his own by 16, he developed a strong work ethic stacking and loading crossties. In 1955 he moved his family to Portland to drive logging trucks for Totem Transit Co. He remembers driving in rural areas and not seeing anyone who looked like him. He also drove doubles and triple trailers for Silver Eagle Trucking Co. and retired in 1986.
Before losing the love of his life, James and wife, Willie B. celebrated 64 years of marriage. He is the father of 8 children (2 in California and 6 live in Portland). The Jackson family name is known throughout Portland for law enforcement and community service. James has been a member of Morning Star Baptist Church for over 60 years and has served as deacon for 50 years. He loves working in his garden, singing, visiting the sick and watching the Blazer games. He attributes his longevity to hard work and his faith in God.
Family and friends gathered to help him celebrate at a luncheon in his honor at Colwood Golf Center, on March 31, 2018.