October 21, 2020

T/Sgt. Bruce Kennith Jackson (Ret.)

T/Sgt. Bruce Kennith Jackson (Ret.) died at his home in Cherokee, North Carolina, on October 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born to the late John Cliff and Nina Lou Jackson on July 6, 1934, in Coweta County, Georgia.

Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Heard County, Georgia, where he lived until enlisting in the United States Air Force on November 10, 1953.

He served his country honorably for 20 years which included the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War where he served three combat tours.

For his service he received numerous decorations including the VSM with Bronze Star and the NDSM with Bronze Star.

Ken retired from the Air Force in 1974 and returned to his hometown of Centralhatchee, Georgia, where he and his family lived until they moved to Cherokee, North Carolina, in 1978.

In Cherokee, Ken started his heating and air conditioning repair service that he continued until his health failed him this year.

As expressed by the American Legion Post 143 Commander, Lewis Harding, in an Honors Ceremony honoring Ken, “Thankfully for all of us he and Gwyn decided to move to Cherokee in 1978. In the early years he almost single-handedly kept some of our Cherokee businesses running, including mine.” He also made many, many lasting friends throughout the Cherokee area.

Ken is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gwyn Gentry Jackson; two daughters Pam Hatchett (Mike) of Tualatin, Oregon, and Kathy Tague (Jeff) of Omaha, Nebraska.

His daughter, Lisa Jackson, and his brother, Everett Jackson (Agnes),  predeceased him.

Also surviving are four grandsons — Kyle Morgan, Dylan Morgan, Kennith Bounds (Becky), and Colby Hatchett; two granddaughters — Ashley Hatchett and Katie Bounds; a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Morgan, two great-grandsons, Kyler Bounds and Brayden Bounds; his brother Malcolm R. Jackson (Estelle) of Centralhatchee, Georgia, his sisters-in-law–Janice Todd, Jackie Roberts, and Ruby Wiggins (John), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Longhouse Funeral Home, 407 Wolftown Road, Cherokee, North Carolina. The family will receive visitors from 12:00 to 2:00.

Longhouse Funeral Home of Cherokee, North Carolina is in charge of the arrangements.

Comments

  1. Marilyn Puett says

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. I’m so glad Brayden and Kyler got to meet him and they will always have the pictures to remind them.

  2. Faye L Bright says

    I am so sorry for your loss

  3. PROUD TO SERVE WITH YOU SARGE IN THE 22nd BOMB SWING. HAD A LOT OF GOOD TIMES. SEE YOU FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD. SSGT BOUNDS.

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