God called John Hewie Jackson, Jr., our sweet, loving Daddy and husband, home on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at the age of 91 while surrounded by his devoted family. John was born on September 23, 1930, in Longview, Texas to John H. Jackson and Vella B. Jackson.
After graduating from Longview High School, he worked for the Texas & Pacific Railroad. He took a leave of absence from the Railroad to proudly serve in the US Navy for four years in the Japan-Pacific fleet combat camera group unit in the Korean War. He returned to T & P which eventually became the Union Pacific Railroad. He was one of the five Charter members who established the Texas and Pacific Federal Credit Union.
He was a gifted mentor for many young men and women throughout his career before retiring as General Yardmaster after 51 years of service. His tenure was highlighted by his strong work ethic and extreme generosity towards his coworkers.
He was preceded in death by his son in law, Tracy Dollison. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Gail Rambo Jackson; brother, James Jackson; daughter Sheila Orms,her husband Rick, their children Cody, Trent, Dillon; daughter, Elisa Jackson, her child Bailee; daughter, Pamela Hancock, her husband Alex, her children, Jordan, Makenna, Jaret; son, Michael Jackson, his wife, Jennifer, children, Samantha, Aries; daughter, Julie Dollison, children, TJ, Tabetha, Brandon; as well as 13 great grandchildren.
John married the love of his life, Glenda Gail, whom he spent 62 years adoring and cherishing as they built their life together. His children and grandchildren were blessed to receive the same unwavering love and support which he conveyed in every hug, every smile and every kiss. He was a Godly man that made sure those he loved knew just how close he held them in his heart.
Above all else, he treasured spending time with family, whether on camping trips to the mountains, participating in our endeavors, or guiding us in life choices in hopes to ensure our happiness. His bright blue eyes and warm smile will be dearly missed, and his family will carry his silent wisdom, and his compassionate soul in our hearts forever. Life Celebration will be held on August 27, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Gilmer, Texas.