Alan Jackson is mourning the loss of his mother. Ruth Jackson passed away died Saturday morning, January 7, peacefully at her home in Newnan, Georgia. She was known to her family, friends and country music fans as “Mama Ruth.” A statement posted to Alan’s Instagram read, “Mrs. Jackson became a celebrated part of son Alan Jackson’s career and life story as the inspiration behind some of his fans’ favorite music. Mama Ruth was 86.” Alan recorded his 2006 gospel album, “Precious Memories,” as a gift to his mother. His Christmas album “Let It Be” was also inspired by her.