Kirby B. Jackson

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Funeral service for Mr. Kirby B. Jackson, 83, of Anniston, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Reverend Dr. Roland Brown and the Reverend Dewey Corder officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A private interment will be held at Forestlawn Gardens. Mr. Jackson passed away Monday, February 10, 2014, at NHC Healthcare. Mr. Jackson was born on May 3, 1930 in Sumter, South Carolina. He graduated from Edmunds High School in 1948 and from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., in 1952. While in high school, Mr. Jackson played American Legion Baseball in the summers and during his senior year he was chosen to play in the North-South All Star Football game. He attended Presbyterian College on an Athletic Scholarship and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. After graduation, Mr. Jackson signed to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds Organization, playing four years of semi-pro ball before ending his career with the Columbia Reds. He then began working at Marion High School in Marion, S.C., where he taught English and coached football and baseball. In 1960, he became Principal of Marion High School. In 1966, Mr. Jackson took a job with Random House School and Library Service and moved to Anniston. In 1969, he began working with the East Alabama Regional Planning Commission. He retired as Human Resources Director in 1995. Mr. Jackson loved all sports and especially enjoyed playing tennis and golf after his retirement. He also volunteered as a courier for Stringfellow Hospital and delivered Meals on Wheels. Mr. Jackson was an active and faithful member of Golden Springs Baptist Church for 48 years, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He also served two terms on the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and participated in Carpenters for Christ. Mr. Jackson was a gentle man who loved God and his family. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Clark Jackson; sons, Kirby Bryan Jackson Jr. and his wife, Suzanne Ohnstad Jackson, of Decatur, Ga., and Stephen Clark Jackson and his wife, Sarah Bruce Jackson, of Birmingham; grandchildren, Calvin Bryan Jackson, Lucas Brooks Jackson, William Wallace Jackson and Sarah Frances Jackson; sister, Rose Ellen Davies, of Austin, Texas; nephews, Dr. William Davies and his family, of Houston, Texas, and Arthur Davies and his family, of Hiram, Georgia. Mr. Jackson is preceded in death by his parents, Beecher Jackson and CaroLeigh Jackson McElveen. Honorary pallbearers will be Newell Bailey, Eddie Bush, Elton Couch, Windel Green, Robert Guyton, Harold Hobbs, Bill Love, Richard Madden and Miller Parnell. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Interfaith Ministries/Meals on Wheels, PO Box 1444, Anniston, AL 36202; or the Alabama Baptist Children's Home, 1210 Friendship Road, Oxford, AL 36203. The family wishes to thank everyone at NHC who cared for Kirby, especially the nurses and CNAs on Azalea Way. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 11, 2014