Charles Burton Jackson was born on the Brown Plantation in Selma, Fresno County, California, April 11, 1929. His parents were John Franklin Jackson and Essa Vina Whitener Lewallen Jackson. Charles had two older half-brothers, Alfred Jackson, who died at two and one-half years; and William Lee Lewallen, Jr, a Madison County veteran who died from wounds he received in batte and pneumonia during World War II. He had two sisters, Zuelika Juanita Jackson Morgan and Zulela Bonita Jackson Hamblen; a brother, James Glendell Jackson, a U.S. Navy Veteran who served in the Aleutian Islands during WWI, and who had spent time on the US Unimak. Charles had other half-brothers, John Frederick Jackson and Darrell Lavern Jackson.
The family moved back to Madison County from California to the Emmett Priday farm in the Saco Community while Charles was small. He attended the Mt. Pisgah School; Howard Gregory was one of his teachers.
Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after his seventeenth birthday. He received his basic training at San Diego, California, where he trained as a machinest mate. He was stationed aboard the USS Frank Knox DDR-742 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet. He had ports of call in Hawaii and China during his two year enlistment in the Navy. He received the World War II Victory Medal, as his date of enlistment included the technical end of the war.
Charles married Margaret Josephine Whalen, the daughter of Marten Henry Whalen and Gertrude Johanna Jenny Bescheinen of the Halloran Community on Ten Mile Creek, Epps Township, Butler County, Missouri, on May 20th 1950. They were the parents of three children: Michael Stephen Jackson, of Freeburg, Illinois; Donna Sue Jackson Tolentino of DeSoto, Missouri; and Paula Gay Jackson Dierkes of Swansea, Illinois. There are ten grandchildren.
When Charles first returned from service, he worked as a carpenter. He lived in St Louis from 1950 to 1955, when the family moved to Cahokia, Illinois. While there, Charles worked as a screw machine operator for the White Rodgers Company a division of Emerson Electric, first in St Louis and then in Affton, MO. He also helped operate a trucking, concrete, and rental business with his brother, James.
Charles discovered soon after his discharge from the Navy that he was a Type 1 Diabetic. He died of complications from this disease at the age of forty-five on May 17, 1974, at John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital in St Louis, City, Missouri. A service was held at the Braun Funeral Home Chapel in Cahokia, Illinois, and also at the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Madison County, Missouri. He is buried in the Pinckney Whitener row under a tall oak tree at the rear of Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
(from a biography of Charles Burton Jackson written by Michael Stephen Jackson, his son, on pages 164 and 165 of Madison County, Missouri World War II Veterans, 1998).