Thomas L. “Tommy” Jackson, 71, of Crystal Springs, passed away on Aug. 3, 2020 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. A funeral service was held Aug. 5 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, followed by a public graveside service at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services handled arrangements.
Mr. Jackson was born in Hazlehurst to Vera Mae Jackson and the late Norman M. Jackson Sr. He was an active member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Crystal Springs. He served with the Mississippi National Guard in the 162nd Military Police Company from 1968 to 1982. He served the City of Crystal Springs as chief of police from 1978 to 1979 and sheriff of Copiah County from 1979 to 1991. At the time of his death, Mr. Jackson was employed as an investigator with Allen, Allen, Breeland, and Allen.
He was predeceased by his father, Norman M. Jackson Sr.; brother, Norman M. Jackson Jr.; sister, Kay Jackson; and brother, John Allen Jackson.
Mr. Jackson is survived by the love of his life and wife of 50 years, Barbara Nell Lewis Jackson; daughter, Heidi Jackson, of Crystal Springs; Elizabeth Huggins, of Brandon; sons, Judson Jackson (Shelly), of Crystal Springs; Royce “Boo” Rials (Lisa), of Crystal Springs; and three grandchildren that consumed his heart, Tucker Jackson, Camdyn Jackson, and Piper Huggins. He is also survived by his mother, Vera Mae Jackson; sister, Martha Mitchell (Ronald); sisters-in-law, Dianne Jackson and Jadeen Barnhart (David); and mother-in-law, Erma Deen Lewis, all of Crystal Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pilgrims Rest Cemetery, 3121 Didlake Road, Crystal Springs, Mississippi 39059.