Honda Lynette Jackson is the second child born to John D. and Emma G. Jackson on May 7, 1965, in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in a Christian home participating in worship activities at Zion Baptist Church. Being “sandwiched” between his older sister, Frieda and younger brother, Fulton contributed to a courageous and competitive spirit and Christian faith that will continue throughout childhood and beyond.
Spiritual / religious, Fonda developed a love to participate in church activities from age 5 to adulthood, sing in choir, inaugurate church, attend Sunday school, at BTU (Baptist Training Union), vacation Bible school, and Christian language efforts. She was baptized at the age of 12 and became a serious student of the Bible in her church youth group, seeking a deeper understanding of the meaning of the scriptures and researching the scriptures independently and by chatting with parents and others.
Academically, she has often said “I have to work harder on (my) grades than Frieda and Buster (Fulton)”, an example of her determination and love for learning. Fonda excelled in elementary, middle and high schools with B + and A grades. She took piano, ballet, skiing and swimming lessons (until the instructor told her to “jump” in. the deep pool, saying, “I’ll catch you” and she didn’t). Fonda has found her “niche” in public speaking and speech writing, speaking in her Grade 9 refresher program and her graduation class.
Awards for the oratory include, but are not limited to: Speech club Hiedler Speech Award, final year at George Washington High School, Denver, where a plaque is currently hung. Others are related to the oratory and scholarships, including the Sachs Foundation Academic Fellowship, the United Church Ushers of America Oratory Competition, the Star District Order of the ‘Is and the national speaking contest, and the optimist club speaking contest. Each of his speeches had a religious and social connection.
After high school, her education continued at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and Metropolitan State University of Colorado where she excelled academically and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
She was blessed with the birth of her children, Toshyanna, October 1984, and Xavier, February 1988. With her faith and trust in the Lord, she was able to navigate her life raising her two young children and achieving his personal goals. She attended and enrolled her children in religious programs at the Heritage Christian Center, while maintaining close ties with her Zion Church family. She never lost sight of Christ in her life. Through enduring determination, prayer and faith, Fonda was endowed with a faithful and devoted husband, Rocky Gethers. Rocky and Fonda married on November 20, 1993 and began their life together in Ridgeville, South Carolina. With this union, Fonda was fortunate to have two stepchildren, Darryl Andrews and Chastity Gethers. In April 1995, Fonda and Rocky were lucky enough to have their youngest daughter, Rachel.
While planting roots in South Carolina, Fonda continued to develop her faith through fellowship in various ways and was a dedicated member of Haven Ministries, under the leadership of Pastors Darlene and Ronnie Benjamin. She was a faithful employee of the First Assembly of God in Charleston, where she began as a kindergarten teacher at Evangel Christian School and currently served as the pastor’s executive assistant, until her passing.
Fonda has served her community in a number of ways, including volunteering to participate in women’s Bible studies at a women’s shelter, One 80 Place. She was never afraid to tell others about her faith in God.
Fonda was dedicated to his family, his church and those around him. She was known for her contagious smile that could light up any room, her encouraging spirit, and her legendary hugs. She was one of God’s strongest soldiers. His faith was unwavering. She loved and cared for others in the manner of Christ. She was determined, loving, loyal, virtuous and spiritual at times. She enjoyed a good game of charades, grilling, reading her bible and singing songs of worship. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this strong and kind woman. To know Fonda was to love him.
She is predeceased by her father, Deacon John D. Jackson.
Fonda Lynette Jackson Gethers left her earthly life on Friday September 10, 2021. Those left behind to cherish her memory and mourn her loss include her loving and devoted husband, Rocky Gethers; her children, Toshyanna (Montez) Roberts-Aiken, Xavier Roberts, Rachel (Devin) Gethers-McMichael, Chastity Gethers and Darryl Andrews; her mother, Emma G. Jackson; his brother, Fulton (Kecia) Jackson; his sister, Frieda McMurray; her precious grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Tyanna Lyles, Brianna Roberts, Xavier Roberts Jr., Malakai Aiken, Sebastian Roberts, Zyonna Gethers and Caiden Gethers; her brothers-in-law, James (Renee) Gethers Jr., Maxwell (Kathy) Gethers, Rodney (Emma) Gethers, Justin (Juquetta) Gethers; sisters-in-law, Gilda Noil, Christina (CJ) Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Funeral arrangements courtesy of The Low Country Mortuary 1852 East Montague Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405.
Posted by Legacy on September 16, 2021.