Story on Missing Person Jackie Markham
December 14, 2000 marks the disappearance of our mother, Jackie Markham, from her home in Callahan, Florida. We have spent countless hours each day on the phone talking with anyone who will listen to spread the word of her disappearance in hopes that someone has some information that will lead to her whereabouts. We have sent thousands and thousands of flyers throughout the Jacksonville area and surrounding counties to many various businesses and organizations in hopes that everyone will post the flyers of our mother to help us find her.
Each day is a challenge for us-Jackie’s children and grandchildren. Every second of each hour that passes is consumed with thoughts of our mother. We cannot stop the constant thoughts of her disappearance and her whereabouts. Is she cold and wet? Is she hungry? Is she in pain? Is she suffering? Countless hours without sleep have passed as we struggle to hold our lives together and try to put the pieces together of her disappearance. Every day life is unbearable and an inconceivable effort to live. We cannot comprehend the living nightmare in which we are living. We are living in a state of shock. We do not understand what has happened to our mother and why this has happened.
We struggle with every day life and every day tasks because of the incredible horror and anguish we feel in our hearts and souls. The implausible guilt we feel because we are not able to protect our mother from this living hell. We feel we may never feel a sense of normalcy again. There is such an empty feeling in our bodies as though someone has ripped our heart from our body and destroyed it. We feel numb and lost. All the therapy sessions have not even begun to piece our lives back together nor our shattered hearts and souls while living this horrible tragedy.
We long to see our mother’s face, her smile, to hear her voice and wonderful laugh, to feel the warmth of her love through her touch. It is so incredibly painful to not have her with us. It is a pain and hurt none like we have ever felt. A feeling of pain we cannot even begin to put into words. Most of the time all we can do is cry because the feelings are so overwhelming it feels as though crying is the only emotion. We have each experienced every emotion from constantly crying and not being able to hold back the tears because of the overwhelming hurt and pain, to frustration, to sheer anger. We try our best to find a shred of strength in one another to be able to cope with each passing day.
want everyone to know our mother, Jackie.
She is a loving, compassionate, and trusting woman.
She is an independent and confident individual.
She would not hesitate to help another human being even if she hardly
knew the person. She ALWAYS finds
the good in everyone and never sees nor questions the bad.
She has a dynamic, outgoing and fun loving personality that everyone
around her loves and is attracted to. She
is a beautiful, strong and vibrant woman with the biggest heart and soul
anyone could ever have. Everyone
who knows Jackie has always heard through the years how much she loves her
children and grandchildren and how much they mean to her; they are her world.
moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 when she was just 20 years old.
She was married to her first husband and known then as Jackie NeSmith.
She raised her three children, Lisa, Melissa, and Scott on the west
side of Jacksonville on Hillman Drive. She
was extremely active in the community for many years while her children were
growing up. She was very involved
with the schools her children attended and very active in the church the
family attended. Jackie became
close friends with all the neighbors and was the neighborhood mom to all the
kids. She knew everyone’s pets
throughout the neighborhood and did not hesitate to doctor a cat or dog that
got hit by a car on the busy street in front of her house.
She would pick up the animal, wrap the animal in a sheet and
immediately take it to the vet for medical care.
got all of her children and the neighborhood children very involved in sports
and taught them everything she knew. Jackie
played softball all the years she was growing up in Georgia and her teams
always won state championships. Jackie
started the first Women’s Church Softball League in Jacksonville in the mid
1970’s and even coached her daughter, Melissa’s, softball team.
She started the first women’s softball team at Florida Rock
Industries where she was first employed and her daughter Lisa played on the
team with her.
divorced in late 1970’s. She
remarried in mid 1980’s and moved near Jones Rd. in Jacksonville.
She became known as Jackie Markham and worked side by side with her
husband in the trucking business. Jackie’s
dedication to her career and job is insurmountable.
She is known and respected by everyone in the trucking industry for
nearly 20 years she has worked in this industry starting with her first job at
Florida Rock Industries after her divorce.
1993 Jackie’s father had a massive stroke and he was not expected to live.
Jackie spent a great deal of time in Georgia visiting and taking care
of her bedridden father. Jackie and her father had an incredibly close relationship.
He taught her everything he knew and put a fishing pole in her hands
when she was just in diapers. There
was not anything Jackie’s father nor Jackie could not build nor repair.
and her parents shared a great passion for the great outdoors and everything
it had to offer. Jackie spent
many hours during her youth with her father and mother enjoying the outdoors
by camping and fishing. They
shared a great respect and love for nature - sharing and learning about all
animals, plants and trees, and fish. They
spent many hours all over Georgia searching, digging, and collecting
arrowheads. One of their most
favorite hobbies was rock collecting from creeks and streams all over the
southeast. They all had the gift
of a “green thumb” and the ability to grow anything and everything they
desired, especially in a garden. Jackie
had so many wonderful pets throughout her lifetime, even a flying squirrel! The love and respect of nature and all its wonderful
qualities and characteristics is a passion and tradition both Jackie and her
father passed along to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Jackie’s father had his massive stroke, he was determined to live despite
his failing health and Jackie was devoted to making her father as happy and as
comfortable as she possibly could and give him the best quality of life
possible. Jackie’s father could
no longer speak nor walk from his stroke, but Jackie and her father had a
special way of communicating that only the two of them understood.
You could see such incredible love in each of their eyes for one
faced the biggest challenge of her life because she knew her father would only
be happy and he would fight to live only if he could live in his own home.
Jackie had to reconstruct her father’s house and make it wheelchair
accessible and provide 24-hour healthcare for him.
Jackie accomplished her goals of caring for her father and though he
was slowly deteriorating day by day; Jackie dealt with each deteriorating
change with such grace, love, and determination to give her father dignity and
quality of life. Jackie’s
father passed away in July 1998. He lived for five years when he was not expected to live one
day. He had an unbelievable will
and determination to live that even doctors could not scientifically
understand nor explain and it was all because of the love, devotion and
dedication of his wonderful daughter, Jackie.
knows Jackie ALWAYS follows through with everything she commits to and they
can count on her 150% to get the job done.
She has not missed a day of work in all her years in the trucking
business. Even when she has been
ill, she goes into work. Working
in this business is a constant 24/7/365 on call type of business that never
broke her ankle in 12/99 and was in a great deal of pain and had a cast on her
foot and leg. She was told by her
doctors to stay off her ankle and rest and not to drive but she went to work
the very next day anyways. She
had someone from the office go to her house and pick her up to take her back
and forth to work every day.
has not taken vacation in all her years in the trucking industry.
The only time off she has ever taken has been to go to Tampa to visit
her children and grandchildren and even then she is on the phone conducting
business with her drivers.
divorced in September 1999 and bought a house in Callahan in Spring Lake
Estates and has lived there for about a year.
She loves her home and has enjoyed decorating it.
She is very proud of her home and loves the community in which she
lives. She spends the little bit
of free time she has on projects around her house.
is very open about her life. Her
children know at all times her plans and know she can always be reached at
work, home, or by her cell phone. Her
children immediately went to Jacksonville on 12/15/00 when she did not show up
for work nor did she call into work. Her
children knew there was something desperately wrong.
She was suppose to arrive in Tampa on the evening of 12/15/00 for her
grandson’s birthday party at noon on the 16th.
Jackie loves her grandson more than life and would not miss his
birthday party for anything in the world.
She never arrived into Tampa the entire weekend.
are asking the help of the community. This
is not only a tragedy for Jackie’s family but a tragedy for everyone.
Jackie is one of our own who has spent 31 years of her life in
Jacksonville. Please post flyers
in your place of business so that everyone can see her picture.
Please spread the word of her disappearance.
Please join in and help us find Jackie Markham!
take a close look at her face. Please
think if this horrible tragedy was to happen to your mother, your wife, your
sister, your daughter, your aunt, your niece - how would this effect your
heart, your being, your life, and your family?
Please if you have any information, please contact the Nassau County
Sheriff’s Office at 904-225-5174. We
greatly appreciate the support of the community in our efforts to find our
Children & Grandchildren