Rozelia Flanagan-Jackson

December 27, 2018

THOMMIE ROZELIA FLANAGAN-JACKSON was the fifth of eleven children born to Wash and Mable Henderson in Brenham, Texas. She was educated in Washington and Brenham, Texas public schools. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and joined the Post Oak Missionary Baptist Church in her hometown. She soon realized that she had an exceptional gift for working with hair. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, she turned her talent into an after-school job and began doing the hair of many of the teachers who lived in Brenham.

Upon graduating from Pickard High School, she married and moved to San Diego, California where she purchased Crystal’s Beauty Salon and began her career as a certified cosmetologist. Rozelia was one of the most celebrated and beloved beauticians in her community due to her welcoming personality and her amazing ability to “press”, curl, and style, amongst many other hairdressing services. On her days off, she went to modeling school and began modeling for Bullocks and Walker Scott Clothing Stores. She was one of the first black models to be recruited by Everette’s School of Modeling and Charm located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and later became one of their teachers.

Rozelia always loved children, and being a proponent of learning, she began scheduling her customers’ appointments so that she could continue her education. Upon receiving a degree in Child Development from San Diego State University, she was hired at Baker Elementary School and for a period of 16 years divided her time between the school and her beauty salon.

Rozelia served with numerous organizations inculding Xi Eta Chapter of Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity Inc. and was an active member of the Usher Board at Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego.

On December 9, 2006, Rozelia was joined in holy matrimony to John D. Jackson. She would frequently refer to him as the best man that she had ever had in her life. He remained the love of her life until her passing.

She will be remembered for her “impeccable” fashion sense, her tireless service to her community, and most importantly, her dedication to the word of God.  She exemplified His light in the way that she gave aide and council to those in need of prayer, food, or assistance turning away from substance abuse.  She will also be remembered for making a positive difference in the lives of so many, by helping them to see their worth and potential.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Hosea, Bennie, John, Wash Jr., Leon and sisters; Edna, Arrolue, Jeraldine, Bernice, and Ozell.

On Thursday, December 27, 2018. Thommie Rozelia Flanagan-Jackson was called home to Glory. She leaves to cherish her memory: husband, John D. Jackson niece, Dianette (Jeffery) Ricks; niece, Myesha (Keith) Baham; nephew, Victor (Naomi) Saxton all of San Diego, CA; Lavern (Darrell) Smith of Antioch, CA; nieces Wendy Freeman and Vershawn Saxton of Las Vegas, NV ; Step-daughter, Anita (Thomas) Chestney of Middletown, DE; and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

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