OBITUARY: Nancy Willodean ‘Dean’ Jackson


Nancy Willodean “Dean” Jackson, born on April 11, 1934, peacefully passed away at the age of 91 surrounded by her loved ones.

Originally from Jasper, Alabama, Nancy was the beloved daughter of Jasper Benjamin Hayes McDow and Jewel Esper Pharr McDow. Her long and fulfilling life was characterized by love and passion.

“Dean” was preceded in death by her parents Hayes and Jewel McDow; her brothers Thomas H. “Pete” McDow, J.B McDow, and O’Neil McDow; and her two sons, Francis Benjamin Jackson, and Gordon Thomas Jackson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, William A. Jackson “Bill”; her daughter, Nancy Jewel (Alan) Hale; her grandchildren, Jeremy (Kimmie) Jackson, Mark Hale, Michael (Jessica) Hale, and Amy (Jon) Feitelson; and her great-grandchildren, Chanler Jackson, Taylor Morgan, Baleigh Jackson, William Hale, Jacob Hale, Jewel Hale, Dayton Hale, Belle Feitelson, and Anna Feitelson; and last, but not least, Nancy’s only great-great-grandchild, Landon Jackson.

Nancy led a long and graceful life, finding immense joy in serving others and spending time with her family. She dedicated over 30 years of her life to the Restoration Community Outreach as a Program Director. Nancy’s passion for teaching children led her to tirelessly donate and support kids in her community. Her kind and serving heart, coupled with her love for reading and gardening, made her an inspiring individual. Nancy’s gracious and caring spirit will be remembered for years to come. Rest in Peace, Nancy.

Services for Nancy were held on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at the Mount Juliet Church of the Nazarene at 3290 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 with a visitation from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Restoration Community Outreach, Mount Juliet Church of the Nazarene Children’s Ministry, or any charity of your choice!

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2229 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,


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