J. Randy Jackson

OPELIKA, ALABAMA:  J. Randy Jackson, 59, passed away on the afternoon of May 20, 2016, at the Seattle, Washington, airport.

There was a community service to celebrate Randy’s life on Thursday, May 26, at the KIA Training Center, West Point.  The family and friends remained after the close of the service to receive fellowship.  Honorary pallbearers were Bill Parr, Mel Haas, Joe Malone, Winston Turner, Maurice Raines, Paul Grimes, and Bonnie Colley.  The Rev. Arthur Williams officiated the service.

Mr. Jackson was born April 12, 1957, in Macon, and attended Jonesco Academy.  He had degrees from the University of Georgia, where he was an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Century University, and City University of Los Angeles, where he achieved his Juris Doctor.  Randy was employed in the human resources and administration field for 38 years.  He began his career in Dalton with Lawtex Industries.  He moved to Pulaski, Tennessee, to accept a position with Frito-Lay, then Lithonia, Sedalia, Missouri, Louisville, Kentucky, and LaGrange, with Alcan Products.  In 1996, he crossed over to the automobile manufacturing industry and moved to Alexandria, Kentucky, to work with Toyota North American Headquarters, then Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with Mercedes Benz of Vance, and in 2007 was selected as the first American to bring together the physical manning of the KIA Motors Manufacturing of Georgia facility in West Point, ending his career as chief administrative officer.  His goal at age 23 was to one day rise to the vice president level of his career and he surpassed that goal.

Mr. Jackson was a dedicated company man.  He gave his all and his best to achieve a harmonious blending of corporate business and human needs.  He will always be remembered for tirelessly working to facilitate cultural acceptance in working relationships for common goals.

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife of 35 years, Deborah McHan Jackson; son, James Randall Jackson Jr. (Kayla); granddaughter, Scarlett Anne of Richmond, Kentucky; daughter, Jennifer Caley Jackson of Milner; parents, James Edward and Pauline Greer Jackson of Macon; sister, Delbra Jackson Hayes of Perry; nephews, Jonathan Hayes of Smyrna, Brian Hayes (Heather) of Perry; niece, Shelly Hayes Felkey (Jonathan) of Hoschton; grandnephews, Tristan and Cruise Felkey; mother-in-law, Janet W. McHan of Dalton; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Randy loved his family and was very proud of his children and excited to become a grandfather.  As people close to him knew so well, he loved his rat terrier, Rambo Brodie.  He enjoyed those rare times he was afforded an opportunity to spend with his family.

In lieu of flowers, as Randy was passionate about furthering education and keeping children from dropping out of school, donations may be made to the J. Randy Jackson Scholarship, THINC Academy, One College Circle, LaGrange, GA 30240.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley, Alabama, had charge of arrangements.  Please visit johnsonbrownservicefh.com to share condolences and receive more information.

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