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BORN: April 28, 1907 DIED: March 20, 2007 Omie Jackson was a native of Gwinnett County. One of twenty one children, she was raised on a farm between Lawrenceville and Duluth. Her father, Cary Pennell Jackson was a farmer who sharecropped with other tenants. He also ran a sawmill and cotton gin on the farm. Mr. Jackson was a strong believer in education and this was reflected in Miss Omie's educational background. She first attended school in a one room school house, Jackson's Academy, built by her father and located on the family farm. Miss Omie graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1925. She then attended Atlanta Normal Training School, graduating in 1928. This entitled her to begin teaching. Her teaching career began at age 20. On her first day as a teacher, teaching at Jackson's Academy, her dad walked her to school. She was so afraid that he would go inside the classroom that she asked him if he was going to do that. He said, no but gave her this advice “Don't ever take a switch in there. You can get their respect without having to do that.” This began the wonderful career in the classroom that lasted 41 years. Miss Omie was not through with her education though receiving a Bachelors Degree in Arts from Oglethorpe University in 1944. Miss Omie inspired and motivated over 4000 students in her career. She taught Biology, Spanish and General Science to three generations of students. The “Omie Jackson Science Award” at Central Gwinnett High School is given in her honor. She retired in 1969 but still remained in contact with many of the students until her death. A quote by William Arthur Conrad states: “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, The superior teacher demonstrates, The great teacher, inspires.” Through her words, her actions, and her kind unselfish attitude, Miss Omie touched the lives of thousands in her life. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a Charter member of the Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association, and an active member of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. Miss Omie never married, her fiancee was killed in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was preceded in death by her parents and twenty brothers and sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families who loved her very much, her sister-in-law, Sara Jackson, Lawrenceville. She is also survived by her “Angel” Doris Patillo who watched over her and her family for fifty four years. Flowers accepted or memorials to The Omie Jackson Scholarship Fund at any Brand Banking Company. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, March 23, 2007 at McKendree United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville. Rev. Davis Chappell, Dr. J. Douglas Gibson, Rev. Charles Farr and Rev. Bill Childers will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .