Woman’s quest for long lost father ends with answers

Juanice Gray | Editor

A lady by the name of Martha Nixon, of Florida, contacted the Natchitoches Times Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, requesting assistance in the search for her father, Freddie Jackson, who resided in Natchitoches Parish. By 4:30 p.m. her search ended with the information she has been seeking for years.

Freddie Jackson
She knew her father passed away sometime between 1976-1985 but not where he was laid to rest.
She provided two photos to help with the search. The baby in the first picture is alleged to be her. The woman in the other picture is her mother, Mary Knox.

Deputy Coroner Steven Clanton saw the post and searched their records.

Freddie Jackson
NRMC – Dr. Akhtar – Sept. 2022 – 300×250

He said the death certificate lists burial place as St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery in Bermuda. Services were handled by Winnfield Funeral Home. ¬†Clanton said the coroner’s office has a file on Freddie Jackson from 1979. He passed away Oct. 7, 1979, at age 39, from smoke inhalation from a house fire.

With that date, Lifestyle Editor Hannah Richardson and I were able to find the story in the paper.

Freddie Jackson, October 1979 headline.
Freddie Jackson, page 2
Ms. Nixon was grateful for the information. She will be visiting Natchitoches in mid-October to see her dad’s final resting place.
On behalf of the Times staff, we thank the citizens of Natchitoches Parish for going the extra mile to help this woman find the answers she sought for so many years.
Anyone with additional information may contact us at 318-352-3618 or jgray@natchitochestimes.com.