Beacon Obituaries

Franklin W. Jackson (1939-2016)

Franklin W. Jackson, Sr., 77, died on Aug. 23, 2016. He was born Jan. 3, 1939, in Brockway (Fishkill), the son of Clayton and Ruth Rebecca (Hardie) Jackson. He attended Beacon schools and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He worked for Beulah Cleaners in Poughkeepsie and retired from Red Cap Cleaners in 2001. After retiring from Red Cap, he became a bus driver for Prevost and traveled back and forth from the east to west coast.

Franklin W. Jackson, Sr.


Frank enjoyed fishing in lakes and deep sea fishing which gave him lots of peace and comfort. He taught his grandsons and godson how to fish. Frank told them to be patient, take it slow and easy. Other hobbies included collecting tropical fish, motorcycles, assembling remote control cars and trucks and trains. As a young man, Frank water-skied on the Hudson River, which was unheard of in the 1960s.

Frank was a deacon at the Beulah Baptist Church, where his nickname was “Deacon Love.” When Frank let that bass go, you could hear the sighs throughout the church. He was the last surviving singer of The Jones Boys quartet.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jeter-Jackson of Poughkeepsie, four children and 11 grandchildren. Services were held on Aug. 29, with interment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Stella Napoleon (1922-2016)

Stella R. Napoleon, 94, of Poughkeepsie, died on Aug. 25, 2016. She was born in Beacon on Jan. 13, 1922, the daughter of Joseph and Teresa (Pacella) Ranalli. She married Armand F. Napoleon in 1946 at St. John’s Church in Beacon. He died in 2010. Stella is survived by two daughters and a brother. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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