Bettye Jackson says her children are her greatest accomplishments, and the toughest challenge as a parent is “trying to keep them on the right track.”
She lists “just three things you can do for children: Live right before them, tell them things they need to know and let ’em go.”
Her first, Jewel Jackson Freeman, 53, once was a TVA environmentalist and now teaches special education at Banks-Caddell Elementary.
Lorenzo Jr., or “Sonny” Jackson, 52, is a firefighter at Station 8 and was the first black lieutenant.
Henry Jackson, 51, is a pest control technician for Decatur city schools and now owns Jackson Memory Funeral Home in Town Creek.
Billy Jackson, 44, was elected to the Decatur City Council in 1996 and became president in 2004. He also is senior sales representative for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
Patrick Jackson, 31, is a firefighter at Station 2.
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