Phyllis Denise Johnson aka “Phil Dill”, was born on September 4, 1958, to the late Alexander James Jackson, Sr., and Sarah Lee Redmond-Jackson. She attended the former Fulton High School in Atlanta, Georgia. The love of GOD was instilled into her at a young age. She attended Scotts Crossing C.O.G.I.C and Tabernacle Faith C.O.G.I.C., where the late Bishop Paden was the pastor, as well as United Mission C.O.G.I.C., where Elder J.C. Barneswell is the pastor. Phyllis wed Melvin Johnson early in her adult life, and from that union, a beautiful baby boy, Eric D. Jackson, was born on July 25, 1978.
Phyllis was a caregiver to many babies in the Jackson family. They received nurturing care, love, and attention. Despite her disability, Phyllis was a very strong, feisty, and independent woman, and telling her “no” or “she can’t” was never a final answer for her. Being in control and calling the shots was one of her strongest characteristics. She loved to indulge in collard greens, chitterlings, cornbread, Coca Colas, and old school music. She had a beautiful voice, and her Saturday regimen would be listening to radio personality “Young Blood” on radio station 104.1 FM, where she would dance and sing to her favorite oldies but goodies tunes. Two of Phyllis’ favorite artists were Curtis Mayfield and Teddy Pendergrass. Phyllis had a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh that will be deeply missed.
Phyllis made her transition from earth on January 7, 2020. Phyllis is preceded in death by her lovely son, Eric Jackson; her parents, James and Sarah Lee Jackson; her brother, Joseph Redmond; her sisters, Brenda Nunn, Sandra Jackson, Linda Jackson, and Francine Redmond; and her nephew, Jermaine Jackson.
She leaves to cherish: her sister, Catherine Mary Simalton (Jerome); brothers, Alexander “Ronnie” Jackson, Jr., Steve Jackson (Theresa), Tyrone Jackson (Glenda), and Edward Jackson; an aunt, Ida Crawford; her prayer warrior and friend, Missionary Mary Goss; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.
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