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By Voda Beth Gradine
This is part two of the Bo and Marita Jackson story. We have established how the meat locker grew from nothing to a world known business. Now let’s talk about Bo’s childhood. Bo grew up and went to school around Draw and O’Donnell. He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. Along with these were 1 half-sister and 5 half-brothers, which some were L. D., Joe and Doss that still have children and grandchildren living in Post. He started working in the cotton fields when he was six years old. He and his brothers were let off the school bus where his mother was in the field. They would change clothes and start working.
Marita Truitt was the youngest of eight, 3 brothers and 4 sisters and was born and raised in Lamesa. She was a sophomore in high school when the couple married and moved to Post. She took correspondence and typing from Mrs. Fleming privately to finish her high school credits. She worked at the bank during the time their daughters were born. Peggy was their first daughter followed by Susan and three years later Cindee arrived. When Cindee was three, Marita told Bo she wanted to start Texas Tech. Bo said, “Go for it” and she and Cindee headed to Lubbock for classes. Since she did not graduate from an accredited high school she had to start on probation. This didn’t last long as she graduated with honors. After getting her teaching certificate she started at Post Elementary teaching the first grade. She never stopped going to Tech as she continued on her master’s in education. After only one year of teaching the first grade she went into the music department of elementary. Teaching music for all the elementary grades and helping with the school plays for 19 years. After that she became principal of the Post Junior.
In 1981 the Jacksons were blessed with their first grandchild, Jennifer Strawn-Cash. By the time she was 4-months old, Marita had her going off the diving board and swimming to the edge of the pool. The Post Dispatch did an article about this, and people started calling to have swimming lessons for their children. This started a thirty year career of teaching Post children to swim. When Marita became principal, her summer was consumed at the school, her daughter Susan started teaching swimming lessons. The youngest child to take lessons was Donea Dalby Raymundo at 3-months old.
The year 2000 was a life changing time for the Jacksons. Selling the locker plant, Marita retired after 9 years as principal, 19 years as music of Elementary and 1 year as a first-grade teacher.
The Jacksons bought a motor home and started traveling. The first few summers they worked at a RV park in Yellowstone National Park. Marita helped with organization and of course Bo was in maintenance. Later they traveled to Maine to Oceanside RV park. Marita was the tour director and Bo still helped maintain the park. Bo would show the other men how to clean the restrooms and pool quicker and easier than ever before.
Bo never stops working so when Delores Redman asked him to build the monument for Jimmie Redman he did it. That was the beginning of many more monuments he added to the cemetery. He also helps the guys that bought his grave digging business.
Bo says he is not through doing God’s work. There are still people he needs to help find the Lord.
I asked them how Post was so blessed and lucky for them to choose this town to make their home. Immediately both replied they were the blessed ones. It sounds like it was good for all concerned.