Curtis O'Neal Jackson peacefully joined his Heavenly Father on Monday, January 21, 2013. Curt or "Action" Jackson as he is so lovingly remembered by his friends and acquaintances was born April 20, 1937, in Memphis, TN. His zeal for independence and his natural intellect and talent led him to the Air Force at the age 14 years old. In 1954, while stationed in Korea, Curtis experienced a once in lifetime opportunity as a Golden Gloves Contender. His ambition led him to Colorado Springs in the late 1950's, to work and fulfill his dreams. Whether it was boxing, softball, tennis, singing, coaching or selling cars "Action's" mantra in life was "faith without works is dead." As the fast-pitch Pitcher for the I.B.O.P.E of W Softball team; and the A.M.I. Manufacturing company team; both teams whose fame was unsung and unrecorded; Curt often left rival teams standing dumbfounded at the batter's mound. The skillful, yet entertaining game left the crowd cheering over and over. In Action's later years he no longer played but sung the National Anthem at the game he loved. As a member of the Elk's Lodge #473, "Action" Jackson, encouraged community responsibility among the lodge members by forming annual softball tournaments. From 1977 to the late 1980's Curtis received numerous awards for car salesman of the month and salesman of the year. He received these honors from such dealerships as Datsun, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Chevrolet. The wittiness of this "Renaissance Man" from Memphis is unforgettable, if not legendary. Curtis Jackson's devotion to God was also no secret. For more than 50 years Curt committed his talent and gifts to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, at Friendship Baptist Church. But his devotion was not confined to a church building. Mr. Jackson made it his life devotion to motivate others through spreading the gospel of Christ in all aspects of his life. Whether it was boxing, pitching, playing tennis, coaching a team, selling a car, or singing in the choir. In Curt's latter years he was still a beacon of inspiration and hope at the Aspen Living Facility. Numerous residents and staff were touched by his never ending effort to "keep fighting and to never grow old." Curt is survived by his faithful companion and wife: Delma Jean Jackson; his daughters: Darlene Jackson-James and Jamilia Jackson; his granddaughters: Imani and Samara Fielder; his son-in-law: Jeffeth James; his brother: Robert Earl Hendrix and sister: Hattie James. Curt is preceded in death by mother: Fannie Mae Jackson-Hendrix; his father: Sylvester Jackson; his daughter: Curlene Jackson; brothers: Willie Morgan, Massoit Morgan, Eddie Lee Morgan, Laurence Jackson, and Horace Jackson. Curtis Jackson also has an abundance of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Curtis Jackson has left a legacy of hard work, perseverance and determination. We thank God for his gift of wisdom and uncompromising truth. We say to Curtis "Action" Jackson: now rest dear one, as you soar among the angels; you have fought a good fight, you have kept the faith, well done. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Following with a Masonic Rites Service at 7:00 p.m. Angelus Funeral Directors, 1104 S. Circle Drive., Colorado Springs, CO. Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 Friendship Baptist Church, 633 E. Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO. Interment Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 27, 2013