December 21, 1922 – October 25, 2015
A Memorial Service for Tom Jackson, 92, of Williston, SC will be held at ten a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Williston Church of Christ, Halford Street, Williston, SC with Marshall Swindall and Terry Gunnells officiating. Tom passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
The family will be available for visitation at the church building beginning one hour prior to the service. Thoughts and memories may be shared through the online guestbook available at www.folkfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Raymond Jackson, Jr. was born in Ousley, Georgia to T. Raymond Jackson and Trudie Touchton Jackson. He was reared and educated in Valdosta, Georgia, then honorably served his country during World War II. He successfully completed 23 missions as a ball-turret gunner on a B-24 for the 371st Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Group, 13th Army Air Corps from 1943-1945. He participated in campaigns involving the Bismarck Archipelago Islands, the Southern Philippines as well as New Guinea in the Pacific Theatre.
After his service, he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Jackson was employed by Texaco, Inc. and lived in Mobile, Alabama then later in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. In 1954 he moved to Williston and joined the Anderson Oil Company, which he later purchased and served as president until his retirement in 1984. While building his career, he served as president of the S.C. State Oil Jobbers Association as well as the chairman of the SC Petroleum Council. He also served as the Texaco Brand Chairman for the National Oil Jobbers Council.
While living in Williston, he served as president of the Williston Jaycees, the Williston Development Board, the Williston Lions Club, the Ellenton Agricultural Club and the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce. He served two years as a Director of the SC Chamber of Commerce, three years on the SC Human Affairs Commission, and one year as Chairman of the United Fund in Williston.
Jackson served on the Barnwell County Council for five years. He was a member of the American Legion – Post #75, and served as Adjutant and Boys’ State Chairman there. He had also been a Woodmen of the World member and served on the board of the Directors for the C & S National Bank, and later for the First Citizens Bank.
For seven years he was a member of the SC State Board of Education, serving as chairman one year. In 1968 he was chairman of a special committee to build the Barnwell County Vocational School. He also served as chairman of the Ethel & Solomon Blatt Barnwell County Scholarship Fund.
His family was named “Barnwell County Family of the Year” in 1979. He was chosen “Outstanding Business Leader” by the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and in 1991 was the County’s “Outstanding Older Citizen” and Williston’s “Citizen of the Year.”
He was a faithful member of the Williston Church of Christ and served as an elder. He regularly taught adult Bible classes there on Sundays and Wednesdays and was instrumental in helping to start several local congregations. He was named chairman and served many years on the board of directors for The Blue Ridge Encampment in Black Mountain, NC as a ministry outreach for the Churches of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marylen Smith Jackson, four children, twelve grandchildren, and five great grandchildren: a son, Jeffrey (Noretta) Jackson of Williston; and three daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Warren of Duluth, Georgia; Carolyn (Dale) Fonville of Eustis, Florida; and Catherine (Sterling) Lawrence of Candler, North Carolina. The grandchildren are: Michael (Angela) Fonville of Houston, TX; Trudy Jackson (Tony) Workman of Parkersburg, WV; Brent (Erin) Fonville of Pittsboro, NC; Emily Warren (Joshua) Gramling of Edmond, OK; Danielle Jackson of Oklahoma City, OK; Lisa Warren (Riley) Shumate of Oklahoma City, OK; Kyle (Katie) Fonville of Fort Worth, TX; Caroline Lawrence of Charlotte, NC; Megan Fonville Guinn of Little Rock, AR; Christopher Lawrence of Weaverville, NC; Jonathan Lawrence of Candler, NC; and Jenny Lawrence of Candler, NC. His five great grandchildren are Tate Jackson Fonville, Jensen Grace Guinn, Asher Joshua Gramling, Colt Tucker Fonville, and Elliot Warren Gramling.
He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters, Evelyn Landrum, Nathalie Foresee McFarland, and Elda Blanton.
At his request, Tom’s body was donated to the Medical College of Georgia for the advancement of education and medical research. A memorial marker has been placed in the Williston Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given in Tom’s memory to Southeastern Children’s Home, P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334.