Joe B. Jackson, age 87, former Mayor of Murfreesboro died Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Rev. Fred Hembree will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters: Janeese Jackson of Portland, OR, Jodie Jackson of Morgantown, WV, and Jennifer Jackson of San Rafael, CA, sister: Betty Ruth Buffington of Chattanooga, TN, brothers: J.T. Jackson of Murfreesboro, Ernest Jackson and Elbert Jackson, Jr both of Chattanooga, and a special friend: Nancye Nelson of Murfreesboro, three grandchildren: Jessie Douglas, Chelsey Reinoehl, and Shane Workman. He was preceded in death by his wife: Frances Hickerson Jackson in 2001.
Mr. Jackson was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church. He was born on the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County in 1921. He was the son of the late Elbert Lee and Bertha Mae Vanatta Jackson.
At age 2 his family moved to Chattanooga, TN. He was a graduate of Chattanooga Central High School. Following High School he joined the Third marine Division and served throughout the Pacific Theater during WWII. After his military service he attended MTSU on an Athletic Scholarship playing all three major sports. He was elected President of Associated Student Body, Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
He was a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. He was the retired owner of Home Roofing and Building Company of Murfreesboro.
Mr. Jackson served as President of the MTMC hospital board, President of the Exchange Club, City School Board, Water and Sewer Board, Recreation Commission, and many other City Boards and Commissions. He was elected to the City Council in 1968, was chosen Vice Mayor in 1978, and was elected Mayor in 1982 serving until 1998.
He was elected Mayor of the Year in 1988 for the State of Tennessee. He was past President of the Tennessee Municipal League and was elected to the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities in 1988 representing 1800 member cities across the United States. He served on the Advisory Board of the National League of Cities and Tennessee Municipal League and was Past President of the Tennessee Municipal League Bond Board.
In September 2003 the opening of Joe B. Jackson Parkway was dedicated to the memory of former Mayor Joe B. Jackson and will be a lasting memorial of his service to Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and Alive Hospice in memory of Mr. Jackson. Nephews will serve as Pallbearers. Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. 615-893-5151. www.woodfinchapel.com