From the Archives, March 29, 2020

Elizabeth Jackson

Two nights ago, we reported on the passing of Elizabeth Jackson. Thus, we thought this might be a good time to give a little information on here. In a period when “feminism” was either unheard of or a bit of dirty word in Scouting circles, Jackson was a program director at Boxwell.

Kathy Howard, the Murrey waterfront director, described Jackson a short and stocky, very physically fit, with short blonde hair. Well into her 30s and early 40s at the tiem, she was still a swimmer too. Vivian Connelly recalled getting to know Elizabeth well the summer she stayed at Murrey when her husband Ken was camp director at Parnell. According to Connelly, Jackson was liked by everyone, was very outgoing and very fair. She was the type of manager who ran things so smoothly, no one even realized anyone was in charge. Things just got taken care of. Jackson made it happen.

As for Elizabeth herself, we caught a bit of her on tape when interviewing Jimmy Joe Jackson in 2002. “I remember lots of things about Boy Scout camp,” she recalled. “I loved Boy Scout camp. I loved Boy Scout camp because there were not telephones down on Murrey side. There were no telephones. We had campfires at night time down there, out in the middle and all of us would come down out of tents, our four man tents and the two man tents on the side of them and talk. And we’d talk and we’d have more fun down there.”

In terms of photos, we only have one contemporary image of Jackson from her last summer at Boxwell, 1970. We posted the story three years ago. Here is the link, but the photo is reported here. Elizabeth was the blonde woman in the passenger seat.

Humans, Jeep, 1970

The Human Sisters in the Boxwell Jeep with Audry Manis and Elizabeth Jackson outside the Cripple Crab, summer 1970

The Passing of Elizabeth Jackson

We learned today of the passing of Elizabeth Jackson, longtime program director at Camp Murrey (ca. 1963- ca. 1970), wife of Parnell Program Director Jimmy Joe Jackson, and mother of staff member Larry Jackson.  She passed in October of 2019. The following is the obituary from the

Elizabeth Ann Wolff Jackson
NASHVILLE, TN — Age 92, Elizabeth Ann Wolff Jackson, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, entered into eternal peace on October 18, 2019 while surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Ellen Jackson Turner and husband, Rick; granddaughter, Lacy Ann Turner Huddleston and husband, Jarrod; great-grandson, Landon Jackson Huddleston; nephew, Edward Louis Tumlin and wife, Mary Lynn; nieces, Cynthia Ann Tumlin and Victoria Jackson Bridges. She was preced¬ed in death by her husband, Coach Jimmy Joe Jackson; loving son, Larry Stewart Jackson; and sister, Eleonora Catherine Tumlin. Mrs. Jackson was born in Irvine, Kentucky on March 14, 1927 to the late Louis Edward and Lettie Stevens Wolff. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervi¬sion from Middle Tennessee State University. Mrs. Jackson worked in education for over 35 years to positively impact children’s lives. She taught at Turner Elementary School and Napier Elementary School before advancing into Administration at Cole Elementary, Donelson Elementary and Jo¬elton Middle Schools. She concluded her career in Education as a Middle School Director with Metro Nashville Public Schools. While her family and public education were her passions, Mrs. Jackson was an active member in her community. As a follower of Christ, she was a member of Wood¬bine United Methodist Church, and later attended Trinity United Methodist Church and led in many church activities. Elizabeth Ann volunteered with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cathy’s Dance Studio and was a member of Franklin Garden Club. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers with Mrs. Jackson’s caregivers serving as Honorary Pallbearers. Family and friends will assemble for a graveside service to be conducted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Me¬morial Park (Park View section on the south side of Thompson Lane). Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 615-331-1952.


Booty Reed Funeral Information

Hello All,

This came across the Middle Tennessee Council Facebook feed today.  My apologies for the late notice.

In addition to the accolades below, Booty was also a Rock Island Boxwell staff member, 1958-1959.



Taylor Funeral Home
A celebration of life service for Buford Leslie “Booty” Reed, Jr. will be conducted Friday afternoon, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Dickson, TN. Rev. Larry Burke, Rev. Steven Lee, Rev. Allen Weller will officiate, and family members will be giving personal reflections. Place of rest will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Taylor Funeral Home on Thursday, June 13th from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Masonic Services will be Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center, Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Shriner’s Hospital, or the Meals on Wheels Program.

Booty passed away peacefully Sunday, June 9, 2019, at NHC of Dickson, TN.

Booty was born in Nashville, TN on December 17, 1945, to the late Buford Leslie Sr. and Ollie May Reed. He was a lifelong resident of Dickson County and a 1963 graduate of Dickson High School; he later attended Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University.

Booty was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Dickson, TN and was a leader in many roles in his church, Pioneer Bible Class, and Men’s Christian Fellowship. He was instrumental in carrying out the White Christmas Food Basket ministry for over 60 years. He served on 34 overseas Volunteer in Mission teams. Outside his church, he was involved in our county government serving as a Dickson County Commissioner for 29 years and as Chairman Pro Tem for several years. He served as the Director of the Dickson Housing Authority for 35 years, and he also served as the Housing Authority Director in Waverly, TN.

A passion he had was with the Boy Scouts. For some 30 years, he served on the Executive Committee of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Over the last 25 years, he served as Achievement chairman mentoring over 400 young men through their Eagle projects. In 2018, he was awarded Scouting’s highest honor, the Good Scout Award, for his community service and leadership. During his life he was involved as a scout and in scouting for over 60 years. He also served his country in the Air National Guard.

Booty was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the Dickson Masonic Lodge #468 and former member of the Lions Club serving as President, Region Chair, and Lion of the Year.

Over the years, Booty influenced and touched the lives of thousands of Dickson County citizens in a positive and meaningful way.

Survived by his wife of 49 years, Ernestine Still Reed; daughters, Dr. Leslie Reed Brietenmoser (John) of Cumberland Furnace, TN, Belinda Powers Byrd (Butch) of Dickson, TN, and son, Dr. Tony Powers (Tracie) of Collierville, TN; five grandsons, Bradley Byrd, Dr. Bryant Byrd (Holly), Dr. Daniel Powers (Ashleigh), Paul Powers (Rebecca), and Johnny Brietenmoser; five great-grandchildren, Cayce Byrd, Sawyer Byrd, Jack Byrd, Estelle Byrd, and Wilhelmina Byrd; his sister, Sue Reed Greer (Travis), his brother, Steve Reed (Janet) along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his infant son, David.

The Passing of Booty Reed

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Booty Reed, longtime Dickson County Commissioner and former Rock Island Boxwell staff member.