Reagan L. Jacks, 72, of Manvel was ushered home into the arms of Jesus on June 15, 2018 after a long anticipated wait to get there. He had family and friends by his side reading the Word and singing Amazing Grace as he left this earth and went into the presence of the Living Word. Reagan began his life journey on June 9, 1946 in Pineland, Texas where he was born to parents Kinnie Lee and Mabel Loyce (Cox) Jacks. He graduated from Sabine High School and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served during the Vietnam War from 1964 until 1970 and earned the National Defense Service Medal. After his Honorable discharge he went to Angelina College. He received his degree in Software Design. This would later lead him to his career in the IBM Mid Range Industries where he worked forty nine years with forty two of them as a consultant. He faithfully went each day until he no longer had the stamina to do so. That day came on May 24th at 2:00 p.m. as he left Gayla Industries.
Reagan began his Faith walk at Braeswood Church on March 31, 1991 and never looked back. He never turned down an opportunity to volunteer any place in the church as needed or requested. Pastor Rose immediately put him to work in the Visitor Center and he was a greeter before every 8:00 a.m. service. He never tired of ministry work and was blessed to serve with Pastor Rose as well as Pastors Earl and Steve Banning.
Reagan met his soul mate, Eugenia, at a church singles fellowship that was held at her daughter’s home on May 18, 1991. They eloped on August 23, 1991 in Brazoria County then had their church wedding on October 18, 1991 at Braeswood Church in Houston. Reagan acquired his Bonus Mother, Mable Wright when he married Eugenia. She moved to Houston in 1992 and became the mother Reagan had lost as a boy. They had an amazing relationship, a treasure to each other. Both having a passion for chocolate, they often joked about one day being in Heaven together eating all the chocolate they wanted. Reagan was the one giving her CPR until paramedics arrived the night she made her way to Glory in 2000. Now he is delighting in two mothers.
After he and Eugenia married, they trained to teach Christian Education Classes and Pastor Rose often called upon them to move from class to class. They were the “test pilots” for new ideas and materials. Reagan had a passion for teaching and it was evident when he studied his Bible and the materials for each class. He and Eugenia served together for sixteen years with Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter.
Reagan was awarded the Lay Leader of the Year by Braeswood Ministerial Staff and Congregation in 1996. In 2005 he was awarded Lay Leader of the Year for faithful and anointed service as Singles Director from the Senior Pastor’s Office. He wanted to work toward securing his Fellowship Credentials and begin studying the required material even though at that time a divorced person was not allowed to secure them. Eventually that ruling was changed on a case to case basis setting Reagan on full speed ahead to secure his. The Senior Pastor allowed him to start the Berean School of the Bible night classes, for himself and for others wanting to get credentials with the Assemblies of God Fellowship. Reagan was ordained on April 19, 2006. During 2018, South Texas District of the Assemblies of God blessed him and Eugenia with the Superintendent’s Award of Honor for outstanding service and ministry.
During Reagan’s time at Braeswood he realized the young men in their 20’s were not being used enough in certain areas of the church and were in need of mentoring. He got permission to choose and train some young men to serve as Communion Elders on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 8:00 a.m. service. He once told Eugenia, if they show up at 8:00 a.m. they are serious about their faith walk. He was so proud of those fellows, he was so encouraging. He loved those young men with all his heart and he also loved all the young adults he taught in Singles Ministry. Up until his home going, he often talked of those days with the singles group and all the outreaches and retreats he enjoyed with them. He did not want them to make the same mistakes he did as a young man. He loved all the gals too. All those youngsters were his kids.
Reagan also served as a Chaplain of Victim Relief Ministries. As a Victim Relief Chaplain, one of the hardest challenges was having to give a death notice to a group of children whose parents were killed in a car accident not far from their home. He also spent one week in the Valley as a Chaplain after a major hurricane hit that area. Another hurricane hit closer to home and he spent a week in Galveston. He also served as a Prison Chaplain and Medical Center Chaplain. He and his wife also led the Grief Ministry at Oak Park Funeral Home. His heart was in service to Christ wherever he could. Countless lives were touched and many changed because this man surrendered his life to the Lord and determined to serve Him.
Reagan was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Left to treasure an abundance of memories are his wife, Eugenia Jacks of Manvel; daughter, Regina Lindsey and husband Tracy of Beaumont; bonus daughter, Tammie Laird of Manvel; brothers; Gerald Jacks of Columbus, NE and Paul Jacks of Spring, Texas; bonus grandchildren: Brielle Laird, Elora Laird and Mindy Nichols; grandchildren: Kayla Cox and Krista Whitehead; bonus great grandson: Michael Jones; five great grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on June 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Braeswood Assembly of God in Houston with Rev. David G. Rose officiating. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to your church or a missionary of your choice.