HAMPTON - Harold Green Jackson, 87, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 24, 2013. Harold was born to Micajah and Grace Jackson on June 27, 1925 in Newport News, Virginia. At age 14, he and his family moved to Phoebus, Virginia. Harold graduated from Hampton High School in the Class of 1943 and played right guard for the Hampton Crabbers Football Team. While in high school he met the love of his life, Betty Selby, who he married on December 28, 1946. After high school he owned and operated Jackson's Market in Phoebus until 1957. Following the close of Jackson's Market, Harold went to work for Empire Pipe and Block as its General Manager and Treasurer. He worked tirelessly to build the business from the ground up and made it into a formidable enterprise. As a true competitor, he built a loyal customer base, not only through service, quality and customer satisfaction, but by building lifelong friendships with his customers. While at Empire, he earned his beloved nickname, "Emperor". In 1984, he started Truss Engineering Company and served as its President. He took the qualities that made him successful and built another vibrant company. With new products to build and new customers to attract, he once again proved that loyalty, honesty and friendships are the keys to success. In 1987, he began his lifelong dream of opening a business with his sons. They founded Paragon Contracting, Inc., a site development company. This was the most rewarding time of Harold's business career. He retired from the business in 1992. Not being one to sit idle, Harold worked part-time for R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. He loved greeting visitors and offered comfort and support in their time of need. He was able to share with others the gift of compassion that God had given him. He impacted many people's lives during their time of sorrow and they shared memories with his family of how Harold had impacted their lives. At age 27 he was asked to become a Member of the Hampton Rotary Club
. He was a dedicated Rotarian and served with honor and distinction for 60 years. He lived his life and ran his business in the true meaning of Rotary; "Service Above Self." Harold was the club's President in 1968-69 and was honored by the club in 1982 as a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was a life-long member of Phoebus Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School for many years. Harold served on various boards including, Chairman of the Local Selective Service Draft Board, Board of Directors of the Peninsula Builders Exchange, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and American Red Cross. Harold was preceded in death by his son Harold Green Jackson, Jr., his parents Micajah Green and Grace Lynwood Jackson and a sister, Rebecca Lenora Young. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Selby Jackson, and his children, Steven Gammon Jackson (Peggy), Cynthia Jackson Bruger (Steve), Mary Elizabeth Jackson Derrick (Bob), R. Mark Jackson (Shannon) and Michael Andrew Jackson (Lynda) and a nephew David Leroy Young (Teresa). There are also seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren that will miss him greatly. Harold was devoted to his family and loved them more than life itself. He leaves a legacy of patience, perseverance and selflessness which his wife, children, and grandchildren will treasure forever. The family takes comfort knowing Harold is in heaven with our Lord and Savior and his precious son, Little Hal. The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 5PM-7PM at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 South Armistead Ave in Hampton. The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 11AM at Restoration Church - Phoebus Baptist, 508 Fox Hill Road in Hampton, with a reception immediately following the service.