OBITUARY: Martha Smith Jackson

Martha Smith Jackson

Martha Smith Jackson, 78, died on November 10, 2021, at her Vine Hill home, near Cross Bridges.

She was born in Columbia on October 18, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Louise Holt Smith and Sam Hugh Smith.

She was descended from many settlers of Maury County, including the Love, Voss, Delk families.

Martha grew up on a farm on Rippey Lake Road, she was one of eight children. In 1961, she graduated from Hay Long High School in Mt. Pleasant, where she was an All-District basketball player and excelled academically. Martha attended Middle Tennessee State College (now MTSU), and she was married on August 30, 1963, to Randolph Scott “Randy” Jackson, her loving husband of 58 years, who survives her. Martha and Randy lived in Houston, Texas for many years, during which time she had a successful career as a bank officer, including Vice President of Clear Lake National Bank. For the past 30 years, she devoted much of her time and boundless energy to her historic antebellum home, which she filled with the beautiful things she was so good at finding. She loved country life, was a superb cook, and was immensely proud of the accomplishments of her sons; Randolph Scott (Beth) Jackson Jr. of Columbia and Gregory Brian Smith (Roger Moore) Jackson of Nashville and Sewanee, who survive her. She delighted in telling people that they were “both lawyers”. She is also survived by her grandsons: Randolph Scott “Rand” Jackson III of Austin, Texas, Montgomery Smith Jackson of Nashville, Miles Cary Jackson of West Hollywood, California; her twin sister: Shirley Smith of Columbia; and her brother: Wayne Smith of Mt. Pleasant and Panama City, Florida.

Martha is preceded in death by her siblings: Dorothy Smith Hines, Catherine Smith McBride, J.L. Smith, Carolyn Smith Sisk, and Billy Smith.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to her caregivers, especially Christie Pillow, who was a loving friend and companion.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday, November 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Columbia. Graveside service will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be: Mark Hines, Miles Jackson, Montgomery Jackson, Rand Jackson, Zachary Sisk, Tim Smith, and Tony Smith.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family online at

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