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Melvin Leroy Jackson

November 10,1946 – March 18,2020

Obituary for Melvin Leroy Jackson

Melvin Leroy Jackson age 73 of Villa Rica, Georgia entered Heaven’s gates escorted by God’s angels on March 18, 2020. He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 10, 1946 to the late Jesse Leon and Marie Payton Jackson. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Dianne Massey Jackson formerly of Rome, Georgia where they met as children at Calvary Baptist Church at the tender ages of 12 and 9. He was a proud and devoted father to their two sons David and George Jackson of Villa Rica.
Mr. Jackson is also survived by his son George’s wife Meghan Harper Jackson; his sister Shirley Fernandez of Villa Rica; brother Robert Jackson of Asheboro, North Carolina; nephews Terry and Tim Jackson of Villa Rica, Jeff Hope of Hiram, Scott Hope of Redmond, Washington; nieces Christy Rego and Stephanie Stuckenschneider of Villa Rica and many great nieces and nephews.
A life altering event occurred when Mr. Jackson accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour and was baptized at 5 years of age. As he began his new life in Christ at Calvary Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia God worked in and through him as a witness to thousands who recognized his loving, merciful, kind nature. Many of the most important events in Mr. Jackson’s life commenced with his faithful attendance at Calvary where he and Dianne were married on September 7, 1969. Both their sons were dedicated to God’s service as young children there, and he was ordained as a Deacon at Calvary Baptist on September 21, 1975 and served alongside one of many his mentors in Christ The Rev. Charlie Edens. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were Youth Ministers at Calvary Baptist in the mid 70’s.
He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Villa Rica where he taught Sunday School, served as a Deacon, and served on multiple committees. He also was instrumental in securing donations of construction materials when the congregation relocated to its present site.
Mr. Jackson extended his extraordinary spirit of philanthropy outside the church and supported numerous independent Christian organizations and foundations throughout the years. He possessed an unbelievable passion for spreading The Gospel and was driven to minister to persons both known and unknown to him, because sharing his faith in Christ was as natural to him as breathing. One of the most fulfilling of his achievements was his role as a founding member of Battlefield Ministries, Inc. whose goal was fighting to save broken families by providing counseling services throughout the United States as well as internationally.
Known as both a gifted athlete and coach Mr. Jackson graduated with honors from Coosa High School in 1965. He was awarded a full football scholarship to The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated with a B. S. degree in 1969. He went on to a successful coaching career in Georgia and South Carolina and returned to Coosa in 1971 as an assistant under his high school coach Branch Bragg who was like a father to him. He later assumed the position of Head Coach/Athletic Director at his alma mater. He led his teams to several championships including a State Championship Wrestling title in South Carolina.
In 1981 Mr. Jackson decided to leave his Head Coach/Athletic Director position in Calhoun County and pursue a career in sales because he wanted to provide a better life for his family. Over the course of the next 29 years he ultimately became part owner of Mesker Door Company in Huntsville, Alabama which also had facilities in Mexico, Missouri, and California. He retired in 2010.
His athletic prowess was evident in all his recreational activities. He loved salt water fishing, water skiing, snowmobiling, snorkeling and visiting the Caribbean islands particularly Abaco. He excelled in tennis, roller skating, and swimming. For many years he taught swimming to children as young as 2 months as well as adults in their 80’s.
Community service was extremely important to Mr. Jackson especially anything pertaining to school athletic programs. He participated in fundraising endeavors for many years and was well known to local business owners. On behalf of the Villa Rica Boosters Club he served as negotiator with local banks and utilized his business acumen to obtain funding for construction and expansion of the stadium and athletic facilities.
Mr. Jackson had countless accomplishments on this earth but in the eyes of his wife and sons the noblest was his undying love and commitment to them. They saw in his actions an almost flawless portrayal of where a man’s allegiances should lie, and he provided a stable, loving environment throughout his marriage. But what they will remember and preserve most will be his love for all of mankind whether rich or poor, and the fact that their home was always filled with an abundant supply of love, laughter and friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Norma Jean Spence of Powder Springs, Georgia; his brother William Lee Jackson of Villa Rica; and his sister Betty June Jackson of Ft. Payne, Alabama.
Mr. Jackson’s life will be honored with a Homegoing Celebration in the near future with arrangements to be announced on Facebook, the email service from First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, and by Jones Wynn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers it was the decedent’s wish that donations be made to Battlefield Ministries, Inc. at P.O. Box 1700, Rome, GA 30162, phone number 706-235-9350.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services of Villa Rica in charge of arrangements. 770-459-3694

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My dear Dianne, May God give you comfort in this time of loss. You have had more than your share in such a short time. My mind is full of memories of all your family especially all the times you and your precious husband hosted George and I , jour Mom and Dad and the Praters at the beach! Of that group they are all in heaven but me, and I am left with wonderful memories of great love and fellowship! I love you Betty
– Betty Deadwyler
My dear Dianne, My prayers are with you and your family in the passing of Leroy. You two were such a blessing to our family for so many years, and so gracious to George and me for many times when you hosted your Mom and and Dad, Richard and Cissie and George and me at your homes in PC. I am the only one left on this side of heaven left but am so blessed with precious memories. I visited your Mom and Dad a few months before your Dad and talked with your OMG after she moved into assisted living.i was not physically able to be at their memorial services but again am so blessed to have known two precious people! I grieve for you but also rejoice that Leroy was a wonderful man and is receiving his reward. I hope to connect with you in the days to come! My love Betty
– Betty Deadwyler
Sharing in your sadness as we remember Leroy. Sending healing prayers and comfort. One if my favorite memories of Leroy was watching him play football for Coosa HS! MY dad and mom, Barbara and Jack Eades, LOVED going to the games and watching him play! Much love and prayers, Mark Eades
– Mark Eades
Dianne I was saddened to see the obit in the Rome paper yesterday, and send prayers that you will feel the comfort and peace of Jesus in the days ahead. (Judy Camp from school.) I had lost my beloved husband on October 5, 2016. He had just turned 73 as well. I don’t know the situation for Leroys passing, but I see that you had so many blessed years together and it really cuts a hole in your heart. Let yourself cry, rage, grieve and go through the feeling ahead as part of the process. My heart was helped in the healing process when I purchased a 70×7 silicone bracelet that had that and “forgive” on it. Wore it constantly and it reminded me that I can Rest In Peace knowing that Bando is with Jesus, and have been glimpses and signs significant to me that I will be okay, and that I am grateful and blessed to have the time on earth that we shared. Lots of love to you! Juil
– Juil
Leroy was one of a kind. Both confident and humble. I remember serving as chairman of the deacons at FBCVR with Leroy as assistant chair. We had a great year and accomplished a lot of things. Guess where most of the ideas came from? You guessed it, Leroy. But he never would take any credit and he made sure we were always doing what deacons should do. He was so generous and real. He was one the good guys.
– Frederick Thomas
Dianne, David and George, I was so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. I always enjoyed the Jackson get-togethers and Leroy was a big part of that. He will be greatly missed and I will keep you-all in my prayers. Judy Moody
– Judy Moody
Dear Diane – I was shocked and so very saddened to learn of Leroy’s sudden death. I am so very sorry. You and he were always so very special to me, and are such a part of my growing up years. I remember when you dated at Calvary, attending your wedding, and when you served as our Youth Leaders, chaperoning our Youth Trip. Leroy was such a great coach and so loved at Coosa. I’m so glad I got to attend his surprise birthday celebration a few years ago. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the difficult weeks to come. Hugs, and much love to you.
– Kathy Collier
Dear Jackson Family, we are so sorry to hear of Leroy’s passing. Sad for you, but oh so happy for him- he is now seeing such wonderful sights and hearing the most glorious sounds! Thank you all for always being so kind and encouraging to our family. We will be praying for comfort and peace for each of you during these most difficult times. –Carl and Tammy Hopkins
– Hopkins
I just want to say that I have been praying for you since we heard about the passing of your Dad .David , I love you like a son, and think the world of your brother! Your father sounds like a kind hearted, wonderful man, and you two be proud you took after him. Please tell your Mother how sorry we are too. I am ready and willing to do anything any of you need. God help you , and comfort you through probably the hardest time of your lives. Love, Dan and Brenda Odum
– Daniel Odum
Dear Dianne and Family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. I wished I could have seen both of you and said thanks for letting me stay with you during the summer of 1973. I posted this on my Facebook page and wanted to share it with you… My football and track coach, Leroy Jackson, passed away a few days ago. I really believe that God puts people in your life to show you what He is like. Coach Jackson and Dianne opened their home to me when I was 16, in trouble, and at that time, living in Massachusetts. We had moved there from Rome after my 10th-grade year at Coosa. Coach Jackson offered that I live with him so I could finish at Coosa. Initially, my parents declined, but after a troubled junior year in MA, they allowed me to come back for my senior year and live with the Jacksons. I can’t imagine why Coach and Dianne did this. I definitely wasn’t anything special. I was just a messed up kid who needed help. After living with him through the summer, my parents moved back to Rome and I moved back in with them. That was 47 years ago. Over those years, Coach Jackson would come to mind. I knew he was a Jesus Follower, not just by what he said, but by how he lived. He was a great man one of those men you wanted to be like. Years later, I become a Jesus Follower too and wanted to thank him for what he did. I missed that opportunity to see him again and say, “Thanks, Coach.” I’m sure there are people that had a significant and positive impact on your life. If you haven’t done so already, take the time and effort to say, “Thank you.”
– Wade McLeod

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