ATHENS, GA - Coach Harold "Hokey" Jackson, 89, husband to Doranne "Dody" Jackson for 62 years, died Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Coach Jackson, a native of Tallapoosa, Georgia, was the son of the late Charles and Jenny Jackson. He graduated from Tech High in Atlanta, where he was involved in sports and lettered in four. He later graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was a four-year letterman on the UGA baseball team.
He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Later in his career, Coach Jackson was an assistant football coach and a teacher in Jesup for one year. He later became head coach at Bradwell Institute and taught in Hinesville for 13 years, winning the state championship in 1965. He retired from coaching in 1970 but not before being named Region Coach of the Year four times and State Coach of the Year once. Coach Jackson was loved and respected by many for his faithful dedication to athletics. He was known to be a father figure to so many, not just a coach. His influence made leaders out of many of his players, and they stayed in contact because he never stopped believing in them.
Later, he was an instructor at UGA in the department of health, PE and safety within the College of Education, retiring in 1981. Although retired, he never stopped coaching. He remained active in his sports as he watched his UGA Bulldogs play, kept in touch with coaches and old players across the state, and played golf daily with his Athens Country Club friends, winning many awards there.
Coach Jackson will be greatly missed because he was an admirable man gifted with the ability to lead, influence and shape the lives of so many young people.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his son, Kim Hendren (wife Lynn) of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; daughter, Becky Hendren of Athens; granddaughters, Heather Peisel (husband Cory) of Abu Dhabi, and Stephanie Hendren of New Zealand; great granddaughter, McKinley Grace Peisel; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Lord and Stephens East Chapel with the Revs. Betsy Butler and Martha Aenchbacher officiating. Burial will follow at Athens Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. June 29, 2014 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The
Lord and Stephens East is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from July 1 to July 8, 2014