March 11, 1925 ~ May 23, 2019

Born in: Waynesville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Callie Katherine McCrary Jackson, 94, completed her earthly journey on May 23, 2019. Born March 11, 1925 in Clyde NC to William Jennings and Lucille Ratcliff McCrary. She was a life-long Asheville resident and beloved wife to Raymond Hubert Jackson and Loved dearly by all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews and many children she shepherded through church. She is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, all of her brothers, Sam, Gardner, Benton and Dale, and her sister, Doris.
Katherine worked as a telephone switchboard operator for Bell System, in the early days of plug-in cords, as a real “operator”.
She was a long-time member and servant at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, devoted to loving and shepherding many children, faithfully declaring “Jesus Loves the Little Children”.
After raising her large and extended family and the death of her husband, she loved working at the Billy Graham Center at the Cove, which brought her great joy.
She loved her family endlessly. Before her stroke in 2017, she prayed daily for each child and grandchild by name. She loved the Lord and truly represented the epitome of Christian love.
Survivors include her children, Larry Jenkins (Patti), Ronald (Betty), Dale (Kathy), Bryan (Lisa), David (Lisa), and Kathy Higdon (Ron); grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Robbie, Cindy, Ashlee, Kristie, Amy, Bonnie, Zachary, Luke, Melanie, Lindsey, Brent, Lauren, Holly, Melissa, Spencer, Marcus, Nathan, and twenty-five great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Groce Funeral Home Chapel, 856 Tunnel Road, with Rev. Dr. Billy King officiating. Interment will follow at Sky View Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made in Katherine’s name to the Billy Graham Center @ the Cove, 1 Porters Cove Rd., Asheville, NC, 28805.


Funeral Service: May 25, 2019 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: May 25, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Burial: May 25, 2019 12:00 pm

Sky View Memorial Park
US Highway 70
Swannanoa, NC

298 4037

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  1. She will be missed. She has been a grandmother to me and I love her. I’ll be seeing her soon. Prayers to the family.

  2. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about her & bring her back again. Acts 24;15 You have my condolences.

  3. Kathy and Family–I’m so sorry about your mom. There is nothing on earth like a mother’s love, and she loved you all very much. Please know that you can call on us any time. Love, Rhonda, Bill, AJ and Veronica

  4. Kathy and family, so sorry for the loss of your mom. There is nothing greater than a mother’s love and nothing can ever replace it. Heaven has gained another angel! Please know we love you, holding you close in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything you need or that we can do to help you . We love you Loretta Charlie and family

  5. Kathy and family, so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Heaven has gained another angel. There’s nothing like a mother’s love, nor can anything replace it, but just know she has. no more suffering or pain. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and if there is anything you need or that we can do go help, please let us know. We love you Charlie, Loretta and family

  6. Dear Katherine’s Children; I just saw your moms obituary and I so sorry to hear of this precious womans passing. We were neighb ors for about 35 years until she left to live you her sons. I have missed her so and will continue to hold her near my heart. She was a most precious person. May God grant you peace knowing she is his loving arms now.

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