KINGSBURG – Johnnie and Gayle Jackson were among community members celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year during the 2018 Swedish Festival. Here is some information on their half-century of matrimony.
Date married: July 6, 1968
Johnnie Jackson: Born in Selma and raised in Kingsburg where he has lived all his life. He graduated from Kingsburg High School. Gayle Jackson: Born in Madera and raised on a Chowchilla dairy. She graduated from Chowchilla High School and Heald College in 1967 and 1989, respectively.
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Johnnie Jackson is a farmer and welder. He grew Freestone peaches but most recently converted the family farm to almonds. He has operated Jackson’s Welding Service since 1974, specializing in farm equipment repair and is still working. Gayle Jackson was a transcriber for State Fund in the late 1960s and secretary at the Bank of America in Selma in the 1970s. She taught decorative painting to many wonderful ladies in the area in the 1980s. Her final position was as the administrative assistant/accounts payable associate for Nutrius, LLC in Kingsburg for more than 23 years. She retired in 2013.
Children: Tracy Brown, Jason Jackson
Grandchildren: Shaley Paige, 20; Dillon, 16; Demarie, 4; Owen, 20 months.
How you met: We met in Fresno one summer evening in 1967 cruising Belmont Avenue. That was the place to be back then. We were engaged in January 1968 and married in July 1968. Johnnie had enlisted in the Navy and left for boot camp Dec. 31, 1968. I attended my first Swedish Festival in May 1969. When he came home one weekend from San Diego, I told him we were going to be in the parade in our 50th year. And we did it. Thank you to everyone for making this gal very happy that day. And the one I need to thank the most is my husband, John, the love of my life.