William Jackson

William Carlos Jackson

Friday, March 18th, 1938 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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William Carlos Jackson (March 18, 1938 - January 6, 2021)

William Carlos “Bill” Jackson of Homer and formerly of Decatur, died peacefully on January 6, 2021. Bill was born March 18, 1938, in Memphis, TN to the late Sarah Elizabeth Holloway Jackson and William Carlos “Jack” Jackson, Sr.

After graduating from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts from Union University, a Master of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a Doctor of Theology (magna cum laude) from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Bill began his career as a minister in Kentucky. After a year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Richmond Memorial Hospital, he was appointed by the Baptist Home Mission Board as Community Minister at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur. He was the founding Executive Director of the Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Director of the Hub Family Counseling Center in Tucker, a founding member and president of the Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He was appointed to the Licensure Board for the state of Georgia for Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. In 1972, the Atlanta Jaycees named Bill one of Atlanta’s Five Outstanding Young Men.

Later in his career, Bill was an Employee Assistance Professional at Bell South. After retirement, he served as Director of Counseling at Truett McConnell College, Piedmont College, and Anderson University in SC. He enjoyed most those grandfatherly roles, working with college students and volunteering in the third grade at Banks County Elementary School.

Bill was a member of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church where he was a Parish Affiliate, a member of the session, led Sunday school and the men’s breakfast, co-chaired the Vision Task Force, and helped establish the deacon program. He served on the Northeast Georgia Presbytery as a mentor for the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. Bill was a dedicated Rotarian for more than forty years, a Paul Harris Fellow, serving as board member, as well as leading volunteer efforts for Shelter Box and the prison project at Lee Arrendale State Prison. He was a dedicated supporter of the School of Fine Arts at Piedmont College.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of sixty years Carole Green Jackson; his children, John Barth Jackson (Amy) of Athens, GA and Jennifer Jackson Brinson (Jack) of Raleigh, NC; sister Joyce Jackson Larkin (Mike) of Russellville, AR; sister-in-law Sandra Keif (Jim) of Ocala, FL; grandchildren William Griffin Jackson and Jessica Gray Jackson of Athens, GA; William Jackson Queen and Charles Holloway Queen of Raleigh, NC; Sarah Elizabeth Brinson of Isle of Palms, SC; and Katherine Howell Brinson of New York, NY; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bill will long be remembered for his kindness, his warm and friendly acceptance of all people, and for his calm and steady presence in times of grief, pain, or distress.

A memorial service will be planned for later this spring. Arrangements are being handled by McGahee Griffin Stewart of Cornelia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dr. Jackson’s name to: Piedmont College, P.O. Box 429, Demorest, GA 30535,; or to Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 87, Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571,

Those in attendance are asked to please adhere to the public health and social distancing guidelines regarding COVID-19.

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Kathryn Fowler

Posted at 08:00pm
Dear Carole and all of Bill's loving family, I am so sorry that Bill has passed away. I got to know him at Nacoochee Presbyterian Church as I visited and participated in the music ministry. He was such a kind and giving person, and I loved reading about all the good works he has done during his life journey. Carole, I am here in Athens and would love to keep in touch with you.

Jan Thompson

Posted at 05:49pm
Bill Jackson was a great friend. I remember his whole-hearted laughter, his joy at being with friends; and his empathy during the tough times. He personally drove me to Atlanta to Mercer University and introduced me to the key people in my new seminary. He preached the charge sermon at my ordination. And I'm a died-in-the-wool female! He went beyond any call to duty and turned not a hair. His love for people was surpassed only by his love for his God. Carole and family, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Rev. Jan Thompson

Allan Kennedy

Posted at 11:22am
I had the distinct privilege of being Bill's colleague at Bellsouth. Bill was always the calm in any storm and an effective therapist. As a relatively new therapist I valued Bill's counsel and we were a good team. We talked almost daily about our families and I knew that Bill loved his family so very much. Carol, you, Barth and Jennifer and all the family are in my prayers. May your grief be tempered by the knowledge that Bill loved you and his life with you . Rest in peace friend..
Allan Kennedy

Don Murphy

Posted at 08:00am
Carole, I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I have such good memories of him from almost 50 years ago when we met as charter organizers of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I was drawn, then, to his kindness, his generosity of spirit and his solid intellect. He made an impact on the lives of many people over the years and will be sorely missed.
My thoughts are with you. Don Murphy

David and Betty Huskind

Posted at 08:15pm
Condolences to Carole, Barth, Jennifer and the grandchildren. Bill was a neat guy and we so enjoyed him visiting in our home in Linville Falls, N. C. He had so many interesting stories about his career and loved his family. We are so sorry for this loss. Virtual hugs to all who are now weeping. His love for you will remain.

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