Andrew Howard Jackson

Andrew Howard Jackson LUBBOCK-Andrew Howard Jackson, 69, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. We are certain that he joined the love of his life that morning and they are dancing in each other's arms. He was born in Frederick, Okla., the tenth child of Harvey and Hattie Jackson, on April 3, 1945. He attended Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas. He married Georgetta Wynne on Sept. 16, 1965. He lived a life worthy of celebration. Andy and Jetta created a loving home for their two boys, Richard and Randy, and countless other nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren. Andrew could often be counted on by many to help get you or a friend out of a jam. Andy began his law enforcement career in Rockdale, Ill., where he was a local city police officer and a volunteer fireman. It wasn't long before he and Jetta realized their roots belonged in Texas, and they headed back to Lubbock with two small children in tow. Andrew had a long and distinguished career with the Lubbock County Sherriff's Office. He received many commendations and recognitions, but one stands out and exemplifies Andrew in particular. On June 22, 1995, Former Sheriff Sonny Keesee commended Andrew for his immediate response and concern for division officers when a 911 call was placed concerning shots being fired. Sheriff Keesee recognized that Andy had sworn to protect and safeguard lives, property, the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and maintain peace against violent offenders that reside within our community. Often with a high price to pay, he regarded Andy as a True Law Enforcement Professional. Andy served many years in the Lubbock County Sheriffs Association. After 30 years in the law enforcement field Andy retired in 2002. Prior to beginning his law enforcement career, Andy worked as a professional wrestler on the Texas/New Mexico circuit, fighting under the name Johnny Angel. He survived numerous bumps, bruises, chair hits and purse beatings by little old ladies in the audience before having his career cut short by injury. The next great adventure awaited Andy and Jetta as they began to travel trade shows and promote their jewelry business with Ida and CJ Montcreif. They never met a stranger, made friends to last a lifetime, and created memories to pass down. There were card games and epic domino games that lasted all night. Andrew also spent many years coaching little league baseball in Wolfforth, Texas. He and Jetta were avid sports fans and supported their children through high school and college career, playing football and many other sports. Andrew continued to support his grandchildren in track, football, power lifting, baseball and softball. In fact, one of his greatest joys in the last few days of his life was being able to watch his granddaughter, Katie, pitch a winning softball game in Lockney, Texas. Andrew is survived by his two children, Richard and wife Aimee of Rule, Texas, and Randy and wife Rachel of Lockney, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Brandon Jackson and wife Jessica, Randall Nate Jackson, Kaitlyn Hope Jackson, Seattle Jackson, and Fette Elizabeth Jackson. Also surviving him is one brother, Kenneth Jackson of Meaker, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Hattie; and his wife of 42 years, Jetta; and his eight siblings. Andrews's family would like to thank his doctors, nurses and other caregivers. In particular, Dina Tapley, who made her way into Andy's heart and gave him great peace and comfort. We would also like to thank our cousin, Judy and her husband Cliff Rice; our Aunt Ida and husband CJ; and longtime friend, Neil Zinser. In celebration of his life, funeral services will be held in the Abbey Chapel of Resthaven Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Condolences and online guestbook can be found at

Funeral Home

Resthaven Funeral Home & Cemetery
5740 West 19th Street Lubbock, TX 79407
(806) 791-6200

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 13, 2014