Cornelius Andrew Jackson, Mta Mechanic

August 02, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Cornelius Andrew Jackson, a retired Maryland Transit Administration mechanic who was active in his church, died July 25 of complications from dementia at his son's Rosedale home. He was 74.

Mr. Jackson was born and raised in Green Bay, Va., where he graduated from high school.

After moving to Turners Station, Mr. Jackson worked as a cook at the old City Hospitals, now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, for more than 20 years. He also had been a part-time security guard at Fort Holabird.

Until retiring in 2003, Mr. Jackson had been a diesel mechanic for 23 years and had been assigned to the MTA's Kirk Avenue bus barn.

Mr. Jackson was a longtime member of Greater St. John Baptist Church in Turners Station, where he served for many years as chairman of its deacon board, until his health began failing in 2007.

"His main hobby was working on cars. You could always find him under someone's car or hood, wrestling with a problem," said his son, Vernon Jackson of Rosedale.

His wife of 23 years, the former Ella Clayborne, died in 1998.

Services for Mr. Jackson were held Thursday at his church.

Also surviving are two daughters, Cornelia Lawson and Christina Jackson, both of Baltimore; four brothers, James Jackson of Baltimore, Herman Jackson of Burkeville, Va., Charles Jackson and Clint Jackson, both of New Jersey; five sisters, Ella Walker and Virginia Page, both of Baltimore, Dorothy Smith of Piscataway, N.J., Alice Saunders of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Othelia Lacks of Virginia; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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