Sam Jackson Obituary, Death – Sam was a guy of few words, but when he did speak, it was with purpose. His austere exterior was merely a mask for his loving heart. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, trust in God, and love of family and friends.
Sam was delighted to have spent 21 years in the National Guard. His previous employers included Kentucky Utilities, Phillips Tree Service as a General Foreman, and Davis H. Elliot. In recent years, he might be seen working early in the morning in the Lawn and Garden section at the Corbin Lowe’s, dressed in shorts, a red Lowe’s vest, sunglasses, and occasionally a Panama Jack hat. He meticulously cared for and watered hundreds of flowers and plants while also becoming friends with his coworkers.
In 1998, Sam married Angela Philpot Douglas, and the couple settled in Flat Lick, Kentucky. As an active member of Jenson Baptist Church, Sam assisted with numerous church projects and routinely contributed his time and abilities as a song leader. Sam enjoyed traveling, construction projects, and all things Western when he wasn’t working. He was a cowboy at heart, having participated in rope competitions, ridden horses on his farm (particularly a much-loved Appaloosa named Dandy), and watched Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, and John Wayne films. You could always count on him wearing Levi’s and cowboy boots. He attended rodeos at the 3 R Arena in Williamsburg whenever possible, introducing his three grandchildren to the sport at a young age.
His enthusiasm for the great outdoors was palpable. Many of his vacations and road trips took him to the east coast, most commonly to Myrtle Beach, where he single-handedly kept numerous seafood businesses open! On occasion, he was known to venture west, and one recent journey included driving cross-country and “almost” making it to California!
Sam is survived by his wife, Angela Philpot Douglas Jackson; son, Sam Todd (Paula) Jackson; and step-sons, Chris (Elizabeth) Douglas, Kevin (Hilary) Douglas, and Keith (Amy) Douglas. The following grandkids survive their “Papaw”: Elizabeth Kay Jackson, Carley Maria Jackson (fiancé Garret Phipps), Aubrey Ann Jackson, Meredith Jean Douglas, Caroline Anna Douglas, Will Walters, Ashlyn Kay Douglas, and Harrison Townes Douglas.
Sam is also survived by two brothers, Wilburn C. (Karen Slusher) Jackson and Arthur “Ott” A. (Sharon Johnson), as well as numerous loved nieces and nephews. Nancy Bird Jackson Faulkner, Sam’s first wife, also survives him. His parents, brother Harold Winston Jackson, sister Gwendolyn Rebekah Jackson, newborn daughter Sallie Kaye Jackson, and grandson Brody Helm Douglas before his in death.