Man killed in Onion Creek flooding was a minister

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 11:13 PM

AUSTIN -- Monday afternoon people in Southeast Austin continued to clean the muddy mess left behind by the Halloween flood waters. Their yards were filled with debris, damaged cars and memories lost.

But one woman there lost more than just her home, she lost her husband. Edward Jackson, 72, was the first casualty of the flood.

"It was a shock. You know, it was very unfortunate," said Jackson's friend Daryl Horton. 

"Devastated," added Albert Black, who attended church with Jackson. "I didn't really know what to say."

Around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, KVUE learned about the body of a man being found in flood waters in the 6900 block of Onion Crossing Drive.

Jackson's neighbor told KVUE  Mr. Jackson and his wife Patt were trying to escape the rising flood waters Thursday morning, driving separate vehicles. Mrs. Jackson's car stalled so she got out and a neighbor pulled her to safety. They think Mr. Jackson also got out of his truck but was swept away.

"He was always looking out for Mrs. Jackson," said Horton. "I mean he loves her more than words can express." 

Jackson also had a passion for helping people. A member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for more than 40 years, he was an associate minister. Jackson led the criminal justice outreach with the help of his wife.

"They coordinate our visiting the different prison facilities around town and leading the worship services in the facilities. They do a lot of work with the re-entry program, helping those who have been formerly incarcerated come back into society," explained Horton, who is the youth pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

 "If anybody would ask me what would I say Ed's greatness would be, it is caring about those folk that other folks would probably would not even give a second thought about," added Black.

A calling and a service that Mt. Zion parishioners say will be missed in their church and felt across the Austin community.

Jackson was a chaplain at Travis State Jail and ministered at the women's prison in Lockhart.

According to an obituary for Jackson, he was a retired Airman in the U.S. Air Force and a tax examiner for the U. S. Treasury Department.

Visitation will begin at King-Tears Mortuary on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Afterwards the family will be receiving relatives and friends at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 2938 East 13th Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A service celebrating Jackson's life will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at noon at Mt. Zion. He will then be buried in full military honors at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville.

More than 1,100 homes were evacuated from Onion Creek earlier Thursday due to heavy floods in Central Texas.

In Caldwell County another body was found during a swift water rescue at FM 20 and Track Road.

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