MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Jimmy Jackson, a father, community leader, and businessman, died at age 83 on Friday in his Middlesboro home.
The choir at Binghamtown Baptist Church in Middlesboro still sings, but without its choir director of 48 years, Jimmy Jackson, who died at age 83 on Friday.
"He loved people. Whether it was at his insurance business or in church or just out in town he would always unconditionally loving everyone he came across," said Kelsey Beeler, his granddaughter.
Jimmy Jackson started working at Binghamtown Baptist Church when he was 12 years old, as a janitor. He later became a deacon, charter member, member of the board of trustees, sunday school superintendent, song leader, and minister of music. He was also an insurance agent and the chairman of multiple school boards.
"Faithfulness, steadfast, unmovable and iconic spiritual leader and a giant in our community," said Boyd Bingham, the pastor of Binghamtown Baptist Church.
Jimmy Jackson's granddaughter, Karra Jackson, says the legacy he left in the community, at the church, and with his family will carry on into the future.
"He would always come to the house on Saturday mornings together and we would wash our vehicles together. I mean I know it sounds like a very small thing, but that is something that instilled hard work in me," Jackson said.
A church leader says it took two people to fill Jimmy Jackson's shoes during services, leading songs and the choir. He sang at more than five thousand funerals, and the pastor says he is one of the pillars of the community.
He was also a sergeant in the Army during the Korean War. His funeral will be Wednesday..and visitation will be at Binghamtown Baptist Church from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.