Daniel “Danny” Ray Jackson, Sr., 72, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia after declining from health issues sustained during his service in the Vietnam War.
Born on May 16, 1947, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Danny was the eldest son of the late Ione and Ray Jackson. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served our country during the Vietnam War. He received many accolades during his time, including two Purple Hearts.
He moved to Georgia after his service to be closer to family and that’s also where he started a family of his own while working at the Kmart Warehouse in Newnan until his retirement, due to full disability in 1992.
Danny never stopped serving his community, whether through his church– Newnan First United Methodist, FUMC Men’s Prayer Group or his outreach at the Newnan Food Pantry, as well as his two mission trips with his stepdaughter to Honduras. He was always committed to giving back. He loved woodworking, chair caning, casinos and was always up for any kind of travel. He loved his family and was most especially excited to spend time with his four local grandsons and his mother.
In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by his first wife, Debbie Wolfe Jackson.
Surviving are his wife, Suzanne; son Daniel Ray Jr., wife Lisa and their two sons Zach and Ben; step-daughter Melinda Servick, husband Todd and their two sons Brady and Charlie; daughter Heather Rowlett, husband Michael and their children Hunter, Tristan, Joseph Chase, Kansas and Cheyanne Teal, husband Brail; and great-grandchildren, twins Blakley and Colton; siblings, David, Diane Itum, Dale, Dewayne, Darwin, Patrick and Sheila Kirkland as well as brother-in-law, George Barton; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckoon.com
A celebration of life for Danny will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Newnan First United Methodist Church in Newnan, Georgia followed by Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Those wishing to make donations in his memory are asked to consider the Honor Bound Foundation, P.O. Box 2465, Darien, CT 06820-0465 or Newnan First United Methodist Church. 33 Greenville Street, Newnan, GA 30263 www.newnanfumc.org .
McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-253-4580