Roger Alan Jackson, 67, of Bluffton, SC passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at his new home in Sun City-Hilton Head. Roger and his wife, Becky, recently moved there from Morristown, TN.
Roger is preceded in death by his parents, Oral Fay and Reba Mullenix Jackson. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Becky; one son, Travis Glen, of Carrizo Springs, TX, and two daughters, Danielle Rebekah Jackson, of Nashville, TN and Kaela Margaret Jackson, of Lansing, MI. Roger’s sisters, Terri Mullenix-Jackson, Carol Stephens, and Karen Quillen (John) all of Jonesborough, TN. He was also loved and survived by his in-laws, Phillip and Shirley Bush of Lowville, NY, brothers-in-law, Matt Bush (Holly) of Watertown, NY, Dan Bush of Charlotte, NC, sisters-in-law, Deb Hirschy (Marty) of Beach Lake, PA, Jacqueline Johndrow (Michael) of Warrick, NY, and Laurie Daley (Bernie) of Lowville, NY. He was blessed with numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
Roger was a college baseball coach. His passion for the game took root at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, where he met the love of his life, Becky. From there he moved to Mount Olive College, Mt. Olive, NC and finally Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN. He had many great “kids” come through his program, and each grew to share his love and passion for his sport. He took great pride in making sure that they had a fun while doing it. After coaching, Roger became the Athletic Director at David Crockett High School and then Principal at Daniel Boone, where he stayed until he retired in November of 2016. He absolutely loved his Boone family, his peers, the teachers and mostly the kids.
To all who knew him, Roger will always be remembered for his impish grin and love of life. One of the many folks who have reached out to his family stated simply that Roger could always be relied on for two things: a good laugh and great advice. No one could say it better.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to approximately 2:00, followed by a memorial service on Saturday, May 26th at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.
In addition, there will be a Celebration of Life at Daniel Boone High School, 1440 Suncrest Drive, in Gray, TN 37615 on Tuesday, May 29th. The family will receive friends from 2-4 followed by a host of friends that will pay tribute to Roger’s life.
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So so sorry to hear Becky ( and kids). Roger was a great role model . Simply put , he was a second father to me as MY baseball coach at Walters State. Don’t know if I make it as far as I did without him. God bless and Rest In Peace my friend!!!
Submitted by Ken Edenfield on Jun 4 2018 09:04:29 PM
I was a teammate of Rogers at Milligan College for a couple of years in the early 1970's. Being a "Yankee" (from Michigan), Roger was one of the first of the Southern Guys to accept me on the team. I will never forget his warmth and especially his awesome sense of humor. I haven't seen Roger in years, but I will never forget him. He was truly special as both a person and a ball player. And, what a catcher he was. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. We have truly lost one of the best.
Jim Crom, Milligan College 1970-1974
Submitted by Jim Crom on May 30 2018 11:27:07 AM
Roger and I were teammates at Milligan College in the early 1970's. He was an exceptional catcher and a team leader. He always had a calm demeanor even during those games that were stressful, he always had a smile and his laugh was infectious. Those of us that played with him knew him as a quality person, both on and off the field, he will be sorely missed by those his life touched. From the Milligan Buffs that played with him our condolences to the family, may God's peace be with you. Roger was a great teammate and good friend, we will miss his laugh.
Larry McKinney, Milligan College 1969-1973
Submitted by Larry McKinney on May 30 2018 07:05:19 AM
I just very recently heard of Roger's passing and it saddens me. I am so sorry for your loss, but know that you are comforted by a lifetime of joy and memories with a wonderful guy. I played baseball with Roger (we called him Cat Man) at Milligan College in the early 70's where he was our catcher. We shared so many good times, laughs, practical jokes and always with that sly smile on his face that caused you to question what he knew that you didn't yet know ! Roger was a leader on our team, a serious baseball player and a positive influence on everyone with whom he came in contact. We have lost another team mate and I truly regret that I will not get to see him again, re-live some memories and share another laugh. To Rogers family, may God grant you the Peace that comes from a Life Well Lived....... I know that God's team just picked up a heck of a Catcher !!!!!
Dannie H. -- Captain 70'-71', 71'-72'
Submitted by DANNIE SMITH on May 29 2018 11:19:01 PM
Just heard of Roger’s passing. Worked with him at WS many years ago. Always remember him as a great guy with upbeat, happy spirit. So sorry for your loss.
Submitted by Sue Frazier on May 29 2018 02:31:08 PM
Becky: I am sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. I met Roger thru the PBR gathering in November in Pinehurst. We struck up a friendship thru baseball and thru our commitment to education for so many years. I enjoyed his past experiences, his genuine character and his love of young people and their well being. I will miss him. May you and your family find peace in the fond memories that you built over the years and know that he made a positive impact on the lives of so many young people. We should all be so lucky. Fair winds and calm seas.
Submitted by Greg Clewis on May 28 2018 12:34:37 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know how much love Roger was surrounded with every day and we know how much he will be missed. God bless your family. May He fill your hearts with peace.
Submitted by The Raineys on May 28 2018 10:50:54 AM
Karen Taylor lit a candle for Roger Alan Jackson
Karen Taylor lit a candle on May 27 2018 01:04:02 PM
Sorry to hear about Rogers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I know Roger was loved by many and I am thankful for all the times we talked at the ball parks.
Submitted by Donnie Vannoy on May 26 2018 11:28:46 PM
Becky, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and praying each of you will find some comfort and peace.
Submitted by Faye Glass on May 25 2018 04:32:25 PM
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