As a 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran, Mr. Jackson loved and served his country proudly. After retirement, he and his wife, Mae, lived in Saudi Arabia for several years and took the opportunity while there to travel to India, Kenya, and other exotic places. Later, he journeyed solo through Europe on his “European Odyssey” before returning home.
Well-read and widely traveled, Mr. Jackson collected a plethora of fascinating and entertaining tales from his experiences, which he loved to share. He had an insatiable curiosity of the world around him. He loved classical music, astronomy, gardening, and, above all, reading. A favorite quote he carried with him summed up his passion for reading and exploration: “The most pragmatic reason for improving one’s mind is that this is the place where one increasingly lives as one grows older. As external pleasures diminish with age, a sparsely furnished mind becomes a prison cell when it should be a lounge, a library and a balcony upon the world.” — unknown
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Ella Mae; his daughter, Ginger Concepcion (Tom); sister, BJ Long; brother, Harry Jackson; and countless nieces, nephews, and friends.
“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis
Tu quoque viator.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; USO (United Service Organizations), http://www.uso.org; or Operation Gratitude (sending care packages to U.S. military), http://www.operationgratitude.com.
Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola has charge of arrangements. Register online at www.hartsmort.com.