Layman L. Jackson, age 95 of Millsboro, Delaware, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 20, 2021 at home. He was born February 13, 1926, to the late William W. and Sarah Jannie Jackson in Millsboro, Delaware. He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church.
Layman also known as “Pop” to many, resided in Millsboro, Delaware his entire life. He received his education at the Nanticoke Indian School and is a member of the Tribal Association. As one of the eldest members of the Nanticoke Tribe, his jovial demeanor, funny stories and jokes brought many smiles to people all over. Layman, “He Who Makes You Laugh,” could be found at almost any tribal event.
He was a US WWII Naval Officer Veteran and a member of the Oak Orchard/Riverdale American Legion Post #28. In 2017 NABVETS Delaware Chapter #94 recognized him as a Native American WWII Navy Veteran who served our Country with pride and dignity. During the ceremony he received a Tribute from the Office of the Governor and Office of Representatives for his selfless acts of protecting life and defending our Nation.
He was a truck driver for most of his life. After retiring, he and his wife started “Irene’s Cleaning Services.” He enjoyed camping, fishing, crabbing, bowling, going to the Powwow and never wanted to miss BJ’s Auction night, owned by Arnold Huffman who for 37 years thought of him as a father. He was an avid fan of boxing, Nascar Racing and those old-time western movies. He enjoyed sitting outside by his shed hoping someone would stop and visit and if not, he’d grab his hat and we’d ask, “Dad where are you going?” he’d reply, “just taking a ride around the block,” he wanted to see if anyone else in the neighborhood would be outside and he’d stop and visit them. Although, he wouldn’t stay out long for fear he would miss “Leolga” dropping off her homemade dumplings.
His children will never forget the unconditional love he had for them, the laughter he brought to the home, always providing a feeling of security and teaching us to be thankful for the blessings that God has given.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Irene Elizabeth, grandson Shane Appling of Easton MD; four brothers, Wesley, Samuel, Earl, and Arvel, of Millsboro DE and two sisters, Meredith Warren of Millsboro DE and Delilah Norwood of Lewes DE.
He is survived by his three children; Layman (Butch) Jackson (Jody) of Seaford, DE; Sandra E. Appling (Robert) of Dover, DE and Sharon K. Jackson of Millsboro DE. Grandson; Aaron L. Appling of Dover, DE. Great grandchildren; Hunter Blaine Appling of Claremont, NC; Sophia Isabella Appling of Dover, DE and Jaxon Appling of Easton MD; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Casmer and Blonnie Zakrociemski of Laurel, DE. Several nieces, nephews, and an enormous number of friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, DE. Friends may call between 10am and 11am with the service beginning at 11am. Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery, Millsboro, DE.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Nanticoke Indian Association, 27073 John J. Williams Hwy, Millsboro, Delaware, 19966.
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