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Longview man celebrates 100 Christmases

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A great Christmas for one east Texas man as he turns 100 on Christmas day, and a tremendous tribute to his legacy. Surrounded by friends and family, Joseph Jackson celebrated his 100th birthday at Woodland Hills church in Longview.

"It's a great occasion that we didn't want to miss and we just had to be here," says son Billy Joe Jackson.

"To me its more of a celebration of not just a birthday but the whole legacy and the history of the family," says Jackson's grandson Ulysses Johnson III.

He was born December 25th 1910, a share-cropper who roughed out the depression and taught all of his children the value of hard work.

"He started working as a man when about 13 or 14, he taught all of us how to work the importance and being responsible," says Billy.

Generations of family came from as far away as California and Ohio; Mayor Jay Dean even honored Jackson's birthday.

"I feel great, one secret to live is honor your father and mother that your days may be longer," says Joseph Jackson.

It has become more than just a holiday or birthday for the family. Jackson's legacy is simple, faith and hard work.

"I just hope this serves as an example to others that family and god, with those two anything is possible," says Johnson.

Jackson has 16 children, 48 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.

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