Beloved neighbor and friend is finally at peace
Lamar Freeman Jackson, Jr. passed away at 12:47 am on Friday March 25, 2016. Mr. Jackson was a well-loved community member and friend, was a true southern gentleman. He was born on December 15, 1947 in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Mr. Jackson had a deep love for family, friends, the arts, traveling, gardening, as well as his land, his dogs and wildlife. He was passionate about helping others as was evident in both his public and private life.
Before retiring to the Dry Creek Area 16 years ago, Mr. Jackson attended Scarritt College in Nashville. He went on to work as the Director of Public Relations for TN Hospital Association and St. Thomas Hospital. He made his home in East Nashville and served as the president of the Board of the Historic Edgefield Neighborhood for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors for Nashville CARES (Council on AIDS Resources, Education and Services) from the beginning of the organization in the late 80's through the early 90's.
Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Williams; his father, Lamar Freeman Jackson; and sisters Mary Ann Clark and Sue Ethel Dumas. He is survived by sister Beverly Jean Bowen, nieces Tammy Lee Brooks, Carrie Coglan Dearman, Wendi Jo Alsobrooks, and Ashley Elizabeth Pool, and also by his life partner M. Ray Liggett.
This world has lost a truly great man but those he helped will carry his legacy on in their hearts and deeds. A small memorial service will be held on Sunday April 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Mr. Jackson's farm located at 150 Farwell Road, Dowelltown, TN. Followed by a southern themed potluck. We will be planting a tree in his honor, as planting a new tree species each year was his tradition. He envisioned his farm being an arboretum in 50 years. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Nashville CARES in the name of Mr. Lamar Jackson, Jr.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel in charge of the arrangements.