Jackson Forrest Lee (Jack) Jackson was born to Effie Snyder Jackson and Erle Jackson on December 11, 1927 in Wichita, Kansas, and passed away on June 10, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was the youngest of six children, who have all passed away in their birth order. Jack married Shirley Armstrong in Wichita, Kansas on November 6, 1947. Shirley preceded him in death on March 3, 2007. They were a devoted couple for 59 years. The family moved to South Texas in 1955 and settled in Corpus Christi in 1958.
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Jack’s lifelong favorite major league baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals. As a boy, he reveled in listening to their games on the radio and continued to follow the team’s ups and downs throughout his life.
Jack participated in and mastered multiple sports in his lifetime. He was well-known and respected for his athletic prowess. He was inducted into the Corpus Christi Bowling Hall of Fame due to his dominance in the sport. Jack decided to take up playing golf in his mid-50’s, and by age 60 was shooting near-par golf. He very much enjoyed the competition and social aspect of the game, having a great time with his “podsies”. He was a true aficionado of competitive sports, yet he was modest about the accomplishments he achieved.
Jack was very charitable and philanthropic by nature. He had a huge heart for the suffering of others—both human and animal. He made significant efforts to help individuals in need and worked for many years to benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
He exhibited the desire to help young children develop a love for baseball, and made a concerted effort to organize the sport for boys in the City. He managed and coached Little League teams during the time that his son, Mike, played, and in higher leagues as Mike and his friends became older. Believing that his players should have the opportunity to continue their participation in the sport, he was instrumental in the establishment of a semi-pro baseball program in Corpus Christi. Jack would want you to know the role of his wife, Shirley, throughout his “baseball days”. They were a team in life and a team in the involvement of the baseball program. She was ever by his side, helping in any way needed.
Survivors left to cherish his memory include two children: Sherry and beloved son-in-law Bruce Wolfson; Mike and beloved daughter-in-law Brenda. Grandchildren: Sean Wolfson and wife, Claudia; Brandy Patton and husband, Samuel; Shannon Bentle and husband, Aaron; and Lyndsay Byrd and husband, Brandon. Great Grandchildren: Parks and Ginger Patton, Kitzia Cortés, Easton Wolfson, and Aspen Byrd.
Pallbearers include: Sean Wolfson, Aaron Bentle, Samuel Patton, Ray Beltran, Roman Rodriguez, and David West. Honorary pallbearers include: Dr. Kirby Barker, Dr. Jack Dugan, Dr. Pat Thomas, Dr. Malcolm Rodger, Dr. Chuck Volk, Dr. Billy Rios, Dr. Randy Terry, and Dr. John E. Schulze.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Delma Aguirre, Norma Castillo, Billy Galloway, and Ray Beltran for their exceptional care and genuine love for Jack during his brave fight over these last three years. Their care for him allowed him to remain in his own home throughout his illness, which was his long-expressed desire.
Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the Chapel at Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home. The family will host a visitation on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, it was Jack’s request that any donations be made to the Tourette Syndrome Association, 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205, Bayside, NY 11361, or to the Gulf Coast Humane Society, 3118 Cabaniss Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78415.