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Family-Placed Death Notice
One of Georgia's fastest ever "Cindermen" has fallen. Denny Sanford Jackson (born Eley Denson Graham, Jr.) died at 5:15 PM, Tuesday, November 30, 2004, after complications from a long and arduous battle with emphysema. A former team mate and friend recently shared that "even the fastest of us can't outrun death..." and fast he was. Denny set UGA & SEC records in the 220 and 440 yard dash with times of :21.2 & :47.4. In a sneak attack against rival Georgia Tech, his beloved coach Forrest "Spec" Towns surprised everyone by entering him in the 100yd (vs. his 440 specialty) where he smoked the field with an astonishing :9.9 second blast. Not too shabby considering the tracks of 1958 were made of cinder- not the supercharged, rubberized tracks of today. More recently, he is remembered for his incredibly detailed hand craftsmanship by carving the Cromach- a Scottish walking staff that enternalized the life of an individual. No two cromach's are alike as they show a persons hobbies, profession, special events, family tree and most importantly, the family crest & Scottish clan. His most notorious cromach's were made for the last two Dukes of Montrose, & the Chief of Clan Graham. He is survived by his two sons, Forrest w. and Christopher S. Jackson; his daughter-in-law, Nicole M. Jackson; granddaughters, Rachel and Rebekah; brother, Larry Pate Jackson; and uncle, Col. Gerald Graham. The family will receive friends and family at Carl J Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, GA, Friday, December 3, 2004 from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at the chapel of Carl J Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 1:00 PM. Dr. Paul Carrier will officiate. Burial will follow at Senoia City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made in honor of Barbara & Denny to: National Fibromyalgia Research Association, 4093 Commercial St, Salem, OR, 97302. A Godly man, sportsman, gentlemen, revered runner, father, grandfather. We love you..... you will be missed Run like the wind forever in heaven.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 3, 2004