Mr. Mervin Peter Jackson, Jr. - SAVANNAH - Mr. Mervin Peter Jackson, Jr., was born to the late Mr. Mervin Peter Jackson, Sr., and the late Mrs. Vestie Dickson Jackson on August 15, 1946 in Savannah, GA, Chatham County. Mervin was the eldest of their two sons, Merle Anthony Jackson, known as Tony preceded Mervin in death. After starring for two Beach High School state title basketball teams, Mervin graduated from Beach in 1964. He attended the University of Utah, where he played baseball and captained the basketball team for two seasons. Mervin led the Utes to the NCAA Final Four in 1966. Although he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1968, he signed with the Los Angeles Stars, and appeared in the 1969 ABA All-Star game. He remained with the Stars franchise when they moved to Utah in 1970, and played an integral role in the Stars' 1971 ABA Championship title. In 1973 Mervin played for the ABA Memphis Tams. Mervin retired from basketball in 1973. He moved to Denver, and was stockbroker and a television advertising executive with KWGN-TV there. In the mid-Nineties, Mervin came back to Savannah to fill a news anchor slot at WJCL-TV. He worked at WEAS-AM Sports Radio as a college basketball color analyst. He also wrote, produced, and hosted WEAS-AM's Straight Talk talk show. He has also been a color analyst for several University of Utah basketball games. Mervin retired to Tinley Park, Illinois. Mervin was called home to God on June 7, 2012. He leaves behind two first cousins, Marsha Jackson-Bob of Round Rock, TX and Barbara Jean Fuller of San Antonio, TX, a host of cousins, a legion of friends and unforgettable memories without number. Memorial service will be held 6 p.m., Monday, July 2, 2012 at Beach High School. A fund has been established through Carver State Bank. To donate, visit or mail a check to the branches at 701 Martin Luther King., Jr., Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401 or 7110 Skidaway Rd., Savannah, GA 31406. Please convey your thoughts of Mr. Jackson on our website: AdamsFuneralServicesInc.com
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Published by Savannah Morning News from Jun. 24 to Jun. 27, 2012.