John Wesley Jackson, 71, Western Electric worker

May 14, 2004

John Wesley Jackson, a retired Western Electric Co. employee who later worked as a courier and cabdriver, died of cancer Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. He was 71 and a resident of the city's Pen Lucy neighborhood.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Mace Street, he was a 1952 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and later studied education at what is now Morgan State University.

He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He then worked for Western Electric at Point Breeze for 27 years before his retirement in 1983. He was also a United Way of Central Maryland courier, delivered campaign brochures and over the years drove part time for the Diamond, Yellow and Checker taxicab companies.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, York Road and Bosley Avenue, Towson, where he was a member.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Johnson of Baltimore; two brothers, Linwood Joseph Jackson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Roosevelt Jackson of Baltimore; four sisters, Nellie Jackson, Harvinia Ellis, Alease Jackson and Regina Taylor, all of Baltimore; and a grandson.

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