JT Jackson (John Thomas), 86, of El Dorado Springs, was born Jan. 28, 1936, and passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.
JT was the son of William A. and Alba (Masters) Jackson and graduated from El Dorado Springs R II Schools. Soon after, he went into the family business of running the Western Auto store, now Jackson’s Hardware. Before the big box stores, Western Auto was the source for most items needed by the community including tires, auto parts, chain saws, fishing equipment, tools, nuts and bolts, hardware, bicycles and parts, tricycles, wagons, peddle cars, all kinds of toys including dolls, games and Tonka trucks, most kitchen items, appliances, guns, ammunition, hunting and fishing licenses, lawn mowers, tillers, and all garden supplies including tools, gardens seeds and seed plants. They wrapped Christmas and birthday presents of all shapes and sizes and offered layaway for Christmas as well. Many moms and dads came in on Christmas Eve to pick up their family’s (and Santa’s) presents.
JT enjoyed raising cattle near Caplinger Mills, talking about the weather and all Bulldog sports. He was a frequent spectator to local contests as well as many playoff games and matches. JT was a volunteer firefighter and helped fight many fires around El Dorado Springs.
Preceding JT in death were his parents, Alba and Bill; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Claude Appleberry, and their daughter, his niece, Sheryl Ann Moore.
JT’s survivors include his daughters and their spouses, Debbie and Jerome Sally – Columbia, Jan and Jeff Foresee – McKinney, TX; four granddaughters, Megan Foresee Strickland and Josh – Brisbane, Australia, Micah Sally Sax and Brian – Kansas City, Alyssa Foresee Vaughn and Jared – Birmingham, AL, and Raysha Bryann Sally – Kansas City; four great-grandchildren, Graham Wayne and Lucas Patrick Strickland and Vivian Jean and Theodore Lee Vaughn, along with aunts, cousins, great nieces and nephews and many friends.
Services for JT were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery with Brent Bland officiating.
Donations can be made to the El Dorado Spring High School Booster Club for sports in care of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

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