Samuel Luther Jackson, beloved son of the late Josephine Adams-Jackson and Luther Jackson was born in Kentucky on July 25th, 1959.
On Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, Samuel Luther Jackson, a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend departed this world at his home at the age of 61.
Samuel, better known as Sammy and Sam, in Columbus, Ohio. Samuel was a family man who always made it a point to keep in touch with family members by phone and to send holiday cards to family members in other states. He had a younger brother, Craig Jackson, one son, Darnell Johnson, and two daughters, Paulette Jackson and Moniquea Jackson. He also had one grandson Princeton Jackson who he loved to spoil, and two nephews, Creig Ray and Ridge Ray. While working at the Ohio State University Medical Center in 1987 Samuel met his girlfriend Tina Strain and they have been together ever since.
Samuel went to Windsor Elementary School and Linmoor Middle School. Samuel played football at Linden McKinley High School. After high school, Samuel went to the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve. Over his 29-year career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Samuel was loved by the residents of the nursing homes and assisted living facilities where he worked as a staff member. He ended his career at Wesley Glen Retirement Community.
Samuel became a member of Apostolic Lighthouse Temple under the leadership of Pastor Robert C. McCaskill and Elder Terriest Corbitt. He was a proud contributor to the United Negro College Fund. He was a committed member and organizer of the African American Men's Wellness Walk. He was a devoted member of the Ohio Black Nurses Association.
Samuel was a huge football fan. He was a Head Scout for the Northland High School Vikings football team during the 2001 season. He frequently attended the Annual HBCU Circle City Classic Football game. He was a fan of baseball, basketball, golf, and NASCAR as well. One of his favorite hobbies was assembling model airplanes. He loved to travel out of town to visit other cities. One of his favorite places to go was Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
U.S. Marines Corps Reserve and U.S. Army:
When he was just 22, Samuel Luther Jackson decided he wanted to join the U.S Marines Corps Reserve. He was stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Perris Island for basic training in October 1981 and completed rifleman training at the Headquarters Service Company, Infantry Training School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. PFC Jackson served as a Marine Rifleman from October 5, 1981 - July 20, 1987. In 1988, he enlisted into the U.S Army Reserve and was assigned to the 2291st USA General Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In 1990, the army afforded him the opportunity to earn his licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse(LPN) at the Columbus School of Practical Nursing. While on active duty in LPN School, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His leadership was exemplified while he assisted with emergency medical care for soldiers being deployed during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. During his time as an Army Practical Nurse, Sergeant Jackson spent time abroad in Panama in 1995. From 1997-2001 he played a major leadership role to assist 126 soldiers graduate as LPNs from the first US Army Medical Department’s Practical Nurse Program conducted in Dayton, Cleveland, and Columbus Ohio. In 2002 Staff Sergeant Jackson was assigned to the 914th Combat Support Hospital. He provided technical guidance and supervision of the lower grade personnel . Assisted in the planning and placement of field medical facilities. Master Sergeant Samuel L. Jackson was totally dedicated to the Army values and had unlimited tenacity to dedicate 24 years of military service. He retired in 2004.
Medals and Honors :
Army Commendation Medal, Army achievement medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Rifle Badge
Preceded in death by:
Samuel was preceded in death by his mother Josephine Adams-Jackson, father Luther Jackson, son Darnell Johnson, maternal grandparents Thomas and Nora Adams; host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Leave to Honor and Cherish His Memories:
He leaves to honor and cherish his memory, beloved friend Tina Strain, younger brother Craig Jackson, daughters Paulette Jackson, Moniquea Jackson, grandson Princeton Jackson, nephews Creig Ray and Ridge Ray. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of aunts, uncles and cousins and special friend Pauline Z. Bryant.
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