Jane Mayfield Jackson

October 14, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Jane Mayfield Jackson, 93, passed away peacefully at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. For the last 8 years, Jane had resided at Plantation Estates Retirement Community in Matthews, NC.

Jane was born in Selma, Alabama on August 6, 1927 to the late Magnus Westbrook Mayfield and Mary-Ellen Hutchings Mayfield. The oldest of five children, Jane moved with her parents to Charlotte where she graduated from Central High School. She attended Queens University where she was a member of the Delta Psi chapter of the Alpha Iota National Honorary Business Sorority.

Jane devoted her life to church, family and friends. Along with her family, Jane attended and was eventually married at Hawthorne United Methodist Church. After her marriage to David Elmer Jackson, she became a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and deacon, taught pre-school, was a member of several bible studies, circle groups and ultimately received the Women of the Church Honorary Lifetime Membership award.

Jane worked as an educator in her younger years and later for Dupont Chemical in an Administrative capacity, eventually retiring from the Metrolina Association for the Blind, where she translated books into braille. Jane was a very talented seamstress and even made her own clothes, including the beautiful dress she wore for her son’s wedding.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Elmer Jackson, brother, Larry Mayfield, and sister, Nancy Brookes.

Jane is survived by a son, David Elmer Jackson, Jr. and his wife Paula, of Cornelius; two grandchildren, David E Jackson, III and Allison Parker Jackson; two brothers, Tommy and his wife, Linda Mayfield and Brooks Mayfield, all of Charlotte; sister-in-law, Mona Mayfield of Georgia; and 11 nieces and nephews that she adored.

There will be private family services at Sardis Presbyterian Church and Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mooresville.

Memorials may be sent to Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270 or to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Elsie Gilmore

    I wrote this to share with my family and friends: This week, I lost a friend. Jane Mayfield Jackson was her name, and she and her family have been intertwined with our family for a full century. I miss her even though I have only seen her once every year or two for the last fifty years and even though we talked by telephone only a few more times each year. She is a special part of my life still. Her obituary is informative but sterile compared to the real live person who is part of me. It doesn’t tell about the depression years when the Mayfield family lived in my grandmother’s duplex, nor about how they used to roll up the rug in the living room and have square dances, complete with fiddler from the railroad baggage department. It also doesn’t tell about making 25 plain tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch (or homemade pimento cheese sandwiches). It doesn’t tell about making toast under the gas burners of the cook stove then scraping it off because it got too black. The obit also doesn’t tell about Christmas trees falling over because they could no longer stand the off-key singing of my mother. It doesn’t tell about the hundreds of times, the Mayfields “babysat” me when my sitter didn’t show up and my mother had to get to work at Duke Power. An obituary isn’t big enough to explain how carefully Jane planned and hosted in her own home the rehearsal dinner for David’s and my wedding. Neither is it big enough to share the joy of dinners at various fish camps around Charlotte or to express the love and wisdom of hundreds of conversations. Her brother, Brooks, told me yesterday that Jane and her close, close friend Dick would talk by phone during the last year. Jane’s voice was weak and Dick was deaf. “So they mostly just held on to the phones as a way of holding on to each other,” Brooks said. With the death of my friend, Jane, a part of me is gone, too, and I don’t have a phone to hang on to. These words may sound terribly sentimental, but wonderful memories are just that way.

  • Mark Lewis

    Miss Jane was a good friend and companion to my widowed Uncle, Dick Lewis. She would be with him on many of our family get together and she was a wonderful wonderful person and I thought of her as family. Sincerest condolences, she will be missed by many.

  • Amelia Kiechle

    Jane was a very special person in my life. My grandmother passed away in 1992 when I was very young and my grandfather, Dick Lewis, later introduced Jane to our family. For over 20 years they were the best of friends and closest companions. Jane became a grandmother to me and I remember many Thanksgivings, Christmases, and birthdays celebrated at her house or ours. She was a special guest at my wedding and even generously gave my husband and me several beautiful pieces of furniture from her house when we bought our first home and she was moving in to Plantation Estates. I’m thankful that we were later able to introduce her to our firstborn son. It was very sweet to watch the special relationship between her and my grandfather, who remained devoted to her until his death only one month ago. When he still lived in Charlotte they would see each other almost every day and even after he moved to Cary to be closer to us he would still make sure his nightly telephone call to Jane was his top priority (and usually the highlight of his day!). Theirs was a very special relationship and I’m so grateful that Jane was brought into our lives and became a part of our family.