SEARSMONT — Arthur Frank Jackson, 81, passed away peacefully on the evening of Dec. 22, 2021, at Waldo County General Hospital. He was born Nov. 18, 1940, to Frank and Coralyn Jackson.

Arthur grew up in Searsmont, in his seven-bedroom farmhouse, with his seven siblings in what is now considered a three-generation home. He took pride in remodeling and creating additions over the years.

He began his lifelong career as a truck driver hauling grain for chicken houses for Ken Flag. His son, Billy, recalls fond memories of asking to ride in his truck and watching the grain get blown into the silos. Arthur would tear down the chicken houses and use the remnants to build what is now his two-bay garage. On Aug. 10, 1976, he began working for Robbins Lumber. He continued driving a truck hauling logs, lumber, Christmas trees and shavings for 34 years, retiring Dec. 30, 2010. His truck driver handle for the CB radio was “Woody Woodpecker.”

Arthur met the love of his life, Erdine Wolcott, at a dance hall. They married Dec. 9, 1961, and raised his sons, Billy Jackson, Bradley Jackson and Craig Jackson, and daughters Vicki Jackson (Brady) and Krissy Lynne Jackson. In or around 1968, Arthur and Erdine became foster and adoptive parents. Together, they fostered children for over 50 years. Over the years, they were honored numerous times for their commitment, sacrifice and dedication. In 2005 they received the District 5 award, in 2009 the District 4 award, and in 2015 Foster Parent of the Year award, to name a few.

Arthur loved to tinker on his old Ford farm tractors, cutting wood, tending to his wood boiler, and a few chimney fires. Thank you to the Searsmont Fire Department. When Arthur’s sons Billy and Bradley were young, they learned when they were bored, they’d expect to work hard. Arthur would pack them up, take them into the woods, and spend all day cutting down trees. He was a hardworking man to the very end. He loved to talk and would stop whatever he was doing to chat with you. He told stories of raising pigs and white face cows, and how he’d scrape the frost off the nails in the attic.

Arthur was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Coralyn Jackson. He is survived by all seven of his siblings, Maureen Tuttle of Albion, Freddy Jackson of Lincolnville, Bradley Jackson of Texas, Rodney Jackson of Searsmont,  Margene Annis of Swanville, Eddie Jackson of Belmont and Larry Jackson of Knox.

He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Erdine Jackson, of Searsmont; sons Billy Jackson and spouse Jennifer of Randolph, Bradley Jackson and spouse Megan of Fairfield, and Craig Jackson; daughters Vicki Brady and husband Mike of Massachusetts, and Krissy-Lynn Jackson and partner Mike of Swanville; grandchildren Tabitha McClay and husband Zack of Augusta, Derek Jackson and fiancée Alana of Augusta, Brady Jackson of Fairfield, twin brothers A.J. (Arthur) Brady and Mickey Brady of Massachusetts, Carter Jackson, Maxwell Robinson and Levi Robinson of Swanville, and Anthony Moore and wife Michayla of Augusta; and two great-grandchildren, Lilly-Zoe McClay and Layla McClay of Augusta. Arthur also leaves behind his beloved doggy, Teddy, who can do no wrong.

Breaker … Breaker … Woody Woodpecker, you out there? Rest in peace, Dad.

At the request of Arthur, he preferred a simple cremation prepared by Young’s Funeral Home in Searsport. A family graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Albion will be held in the spring.

 

 

 

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