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Peggy Jackson, 80, of Beaufort, South Carolina, and wife of Henry Jackson, passed away on January 1, 2019.

She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 30, 1938, to the late George and Clara Jordan Nelson. Peggy had an idyllic childhood growing up on Folly Beach, and graduated from the High School of Charleston. She finished Winthrop College in 1960 and later received her MA from USC. After college, she moved to Beaufort to begin her teaching career where she met her beloved Henry. They were married in 1961, and he filled her life daily with joy and laughter.

Peggy was passionate about teaching, and the kindergarten classroom was where she spent most of her 33-year career. Her students adored her and learned much more than letters and numbers under her care. She was deeply respected by her students, their parents, her colleagues and her supervisors, and received several awards, including Teacher of the Year, due to her commitment to excellence. She was a long-time member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teachers sorority, and held many offices on both the local and state level.

As much as Peggy loved teaching children, her first commitment was to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was active at The Baptist Church of Beaufort, serving in multiple capacities there, including deacon, and was a dedicated teacher to a ladies class for many years. In 2014 she became a Stephen Minister and continued to serve others even as her health declined. Peggy was a true friend and cared deeply for all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, George Nelson; and her son, Bryan Jackson.

She is survived by her husband Henry, grandson Garret, and Garret’s mother Theresa, all of Beaufort.

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be held at The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 601 Charles Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort Endowment Fund, PO Box 879, Beaufort, SC 29901.

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  1. Alexia J Helsley says:

    So sorry to learn of Peggy’s death. She was such a lovely person. Please know that Henry and the family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  2. Gay Rodgers says:

    Mamma and I were so sorry to hear of your lose. You know how we felt about Peggy. She felt like family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on this journey. We love you Henry.


    I’m so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. You, are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Ed and carol wise says:

    Dear Henry, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a great lady and we will miss her greatly. God Bless, Ed and Carol

  5. Jill Merchant says:

    We were so sad to hear of Peggy’s death. She will be missed by the entire neighborhood. Please let us know if you need anything.

  6. Bonnie Barnett Hinkel says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Peggys passing…my thoughts and prayers go out to your family….I knew Peggy for almost 75 years and just connected with her again on Facebook… sad to hear that another one from Folly Beach is gone….

  7. Dick & Carol Alge says:


    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Peggy. She will be missed by many.

  8. Carol Myers says:

    Peggy was a true friend. All of my 7 children had the deepest admiration for her. As each was born and I needed a temporary baby-sitter Peggy was always delighted to take care of that little baby. She taught most in kindergarten and they each have stories to tell about Peggy. She was one of my closest friends whom I will miss but I do know where Peggy is and I’ll be with her one day also. Carry on Henry, you took such excellent care of her. And we all thank you.

  9. Drema Brantley says:

    Peggy was a lovely sweet friend who I will always keep her in my heart ..
    She was a Godly lady who loved everyone and would do anything and everything for you. I will miss her so much, she taught me a lot ..
    Henry thank you for taking such good care of her, I know you loved her dearly and she you.
    My prayers and love is with you and your family.

  10. Fran Welch says:

    Peggy was both my cousin and my Alpha Delta Kappa sister. She was a model of caring for others through her teaching, family, and faith. I miss her and send my sympathy to Henry. I am so sorry my responsibilities here in Charleston won’t allow me to attend the memorial service today. You are in my thoughts, Henry!

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