(Columbus, GA) — A member of the Heard County High School Class of 2010 passed away Sunday afternoon after being hospitalized at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ga.
According to his sister, 21-year-old Brian Jackson died peacefully Sunday afternoon after being admitted to the hospital earlier in the weekend with internal bleeding on his brain due to natural causes.
Brian was a talented member of the Braves basketball team during his high school years and was loved by all of his classmates. He also went on to attend Bevill State Community College in Jasper, Alabama for two years where he continued his basketball career before returning home to Franklin.
Brian could almost always be seen hanging with his best “bro’s” Santez Emory, Jeremiah Hill, Tray Johnson, and Brandon Daniel.
One of his best friends and fellow 2010 classmates Laci Emory reflected on his life Sunday afternoon. “Brian was very laid back — he was liked by everyone, and he always knew what to say whenever I was down and needed to talk,” said Emory. “He was quiet until you got to know him and he LOVED the game of basketball. He was friends with everybody and was a great student in high school and college.”
Brian was affectionately known to his friends and fellow students as “Gizzle,” a nickname he picked up in middle school.
Former Braves head basketball coach Paul Brewer spoke very highly of his former player. “Brian was an awesome student that loved life. I can truly say that he had a smile on his face every time he walked in the gym. When I remember Brian Jackson there isn’t anything but great memories. It was a blessing to me to able to have worked with him,” said Brewer.
Funeral arrangements for Jackson have not been made at this time. Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for the arrangements as soon as they become available.