M. Eli Jackson January 29, 1921 – August 15th 2008

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M. Eli Jackson January 29, 1921 – August 15th 2008
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Eli Jackson playing one of his banjos,
made from a Cadillac hubcap


Rev. M. Eli Jackson, 87,
also known as Appalachian Music Man.
He was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Laurel County, Ky.,
the son of General Grant Jackson and Rachel Lynch Jackson,
attended school in Kentucky
and came to Indiana when he was eighteen.

He completed a course in agriculture at Purdue University,
and at one time served in the Civil Service.

His early ministry included
the Old Baptist Church in Kentucky,
Church of the Brethren in Indiana,
and the Quaker Church in Parker City.
He then served many years
as an Evangelist and in the ministry
at Southside Apostolic Pentecostal Church
in Muncie and more recently
Cornerstone Community Church.

He farmed in Illinois for a couple of years,
worked at the farm at Earlham College for several years,
and the Hatchery at Farm Bureau in Richmond for six years.
When he moved to this area
he was the head of the poultry and egg production at Cecil Farms.
He had been employed at Parker Stamping,
was a night foreman at Selma Wire
and had worked for American Design and Engineering.

Eli farmed outside Parker City
for many years where he manufactured maple syrup,
sorghum and had Sorghum Festivals.
He owned and operated Elico Fabricating
on East 18th Street,
which built sofa frames for vans and motor homes.

He was probably as well known
for the instruments he built,
played and taught others to play.

He built 112 Dulcimers,
10 Hammer Dulcimers,
six Cane Dulcimers,
many Hamdolyns
and helped over 400 kids
to build and learn to play the Canjo.

He taught the Dulcimer at Berea College
and at Sue Bennett College.
Eli performed many programs with his instruments
throughout Indiana,
and Georgia.

Eli was a square dance caller
from 1940 to 1960
and was number one in the state of Indiana in 1953.

Having farmed all of his life
he was a collector of antique farm machinery and tractors.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 70,
F. & A.M., Brownsville
and Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 49, Richmond.

Surviving are his wife,
Crystal King Jackson, whom he married July 25, 2004;
his daughter, Doris Johnson, Indianapolis;
his son, Joel M. Jackson (wife, Alicia), Muncie;
two stepchildren, Kathaleen Tomlinson, Richmond, and Kenneth King, New Albany; three grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren;
his brother, Riley Mitchell Jackson (wife, Faye), Winder, Ga.;
two sisters, Miranda Sulfridge, Corbin, Ky.,
and Gertrude Roberson, Overpeck, Ohio;
and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents;
his first wife, Dorothy Jackson,
to whom he had been married 51 years;
and five sisters.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008,
at Parson Mortuary with Minister George Davidson
and Pastor Chris Hood officiating.

It is requested that all in attendance
wear bib overalls
or blue jeans.
Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory.

Memorials may be sent to Cornerstone Community Church,
2024 S. May Ave., Muncie, IN 47302,

or to

Traditional Arts of America,
504 N. Fess Avenue
Bloomington, IN.



I met Eli and his second wife
whom he’d known since his youth
at a farm auction shortly after their marriage.
Eli performed at the
Union County Founder’s Day
for at least as long as I have lived here.

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