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Growing Valley Baptist Church
Saturday March 12th, 2022

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Grace Hill Cemetery
Saturday March 12th, 2022

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Stamper Park Resource Center
Saturday March 12th, 2022
1:30pm - 4:30pm

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Bigham Mortuary
Friday March 11th, 2022
1:00pm - 5:30pm

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Carmen Jackson Gayle 56

Carmen Gayle was born as Carmen Rochelle Jackson on July 10, 1965, to Shirley Jackson. Carmen accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Growing Valley Baptist Church when she was 9 years old. She attended Longview Public School System and graduated from Longview High School in 1983.

She attended the East Texas State University ( n/k/a Texas A & M University-Commerce) and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1988. When attending East Texas State Carmen joined the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and remained an active member thereafter. Following graduation from college, Carmen initially worked as a substitute teacher and later secured a job with the Texas Department of Human Services in 1992 and worked as a Social Worker there for 10 years, until she retired in 2006 because of becoming blind. Carmen married in 1996 and out of this union her son Xavier Patrick Gayle was born.

Carmen was an avid reader who also loved music, dancing, and gathering with family and friends. Even with impaired vision, she managed to fulfill her love of reading through audiobooks. She had a great sense of humor and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and anyone. She was kind, generous, and had a big heart. She maintained her good nature despite the many health challenges she faced beginning with her blindness. To know Carmen was to love Carmen! EVERYONE LOVED CARMEN! She was the best daughter, sister, mother, niece, cousin, aunt, companion, and friend to everyone who had the pleasure of being in her circle.

Carmen is predeceased by her grandparents, Tepoleon and Evia Lee Jackson, and her two older brothers, Gary Jackson, and Marques Jackson.

Carmen will forever be in the hearts of her son, Xavier Patrick Gayle of Garland, Texas, mother Shirley Jackson of Longview, Texas, brother, Eric Jackson of Longview, Texas; Three nieces, Tiffany Jackson of Dallas, Texas, Celeste Jackson of Seattle, Washington and Rosaunda Jackson of Vancouver, Washington. Three nephews Eric Jackson Jr.of Longview, Texas, Marley Jones of Dallas, Texas, and Demar Williams of Dallas, Texas.Five aunts; Paulette Jackson of Oakland, California, Barbara Jackson Jones of Longview, Texas, Nora Jackson of Richardson, Texas and Renee Smith of Garland, Texas; One uncle Albert Jackson of Longview, Texas; Sisters-in-law; Josephine Jackson and Sandra Jackson.Special friend, Victor Bradford of Garland, Texas; and a host of cousins and other friends.



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My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Jackson family. May God be with you.

Walter Devine Jr. Mar 12 2022 6:29 PM

I will always remember Carmen's infectious smile that made being serious difficult when she and her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. line sisters started the journey into sisterhood full of laughter! She always greeted you with that infectious smile and chuckle!
With Sisterly Love
Soror Renee Thomas-Trotter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Summer 1985 Alpha Epsilon chaper (ETSU) Texas A&M Commerce

Renee Thomas-Trotter Mar 12 2022 5:14 PM


Sherron Allen McDade Mar 12 2022 5:13 PM

Carmen was my sweet Alpha Angel Sister and college friend. I will always remember her laugh, smile and all the fun we had at East Texas State University and as neighbors in The Rivera. To Carmen\'s family, I send my sincere condolences to you. I pray for comfort and strength.

Cheryel Carpenter Mar 11 2022 8:27 PM

Geeze CarmenellA…🤪
I can\'t believe you have left me down here with these crazy folks!! You have been my friend since October 16, 1989!!! That\'s a longgggg time to love someone UNCONDITIONALLY! That\'s a longggg time to be someone\'s VOICE OF REASON!! That\'s a longggg time to have someone\'s back for any and everything!! That\'s a longgggg time to listen to someone stress out… over nothing mostly 🤣!! That\'s a longgggg time to jump up when ya girl craving Mexican Food, and she ask you to LETS GO CARMEN!! However, 32 years was just NOT LONGGGG Enough 😢
You were a very UNIQUE, Level headed, positive, generous and LOVING Woman Carmen!! And through all of it all… not 1 time did I ever hear YOU COMPLAIN!! I\'m gonna really miss you CarmenellA and I LOVE ❤️ YOU!! I will see you later friend!!
P.S. who\'s gonna call me when Ms Shirley makes that WHITE CAKE 😱


Donna Baker Mar 11 2022 8:13 AM

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Donna Baker Mar 11 2022 8:01 AM

To Shirley and family sorry for your loss prayers for you and the family . May she rest in paradise.

Edith Burton Wedgeworth Mar 10 2022 6:41 PM

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Harvel Davis Mar 9 2022 11:11 AM