JOHNNY (J. O.) JACKSON, JR., WHITE OAK, MS

Johnny O. Jackson, Jr., 68, of White Oak passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at MS Baptist Medical Center, in Jackson.  Born in Bogue Chitto on September 19, 1943, a son of the late Vera Grace (Coone) and Johnny O. Jackson, Sr., he is survived by: a son, Micah (Katy) Jackson; two brothers, Jeff (Cindy) Jackson and David (Shelia) Jackson; three sisters, Gloria (Wayne) Musgrove, Emily Hemphill (Sydney Eugene) Williams, and Beth (David) Harrison.   He is also survived by grandchildren, Kristin, Kimberly, Alexis, Brittany, Laura, and Zoey; and great grandchildren, Riley, and Chloe.  Other survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.  Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy (Hand) Jackson, and a son, Johnny Olee Jackson, III. He served two tours with the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret in Vietnam.  He earned a Bronze Star for Valor, a Bronze Star for Meritous Service, a Purple Heart, two Good Conduct Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Vietnam Counter Offensive Ribbon.  He had retired from Bellsouth as a fiber optic cable splicer.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Tutor Funeral Home of Magee.  Visitation will be Friday, September, 7, 2012, from 5 pm until 8 pm.  The religious service will be Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 10:00 am at Tutor Funeral Home Chapel in Magee, with Dr. Dale Holloway officiating.  Interment will be in Sardis Cemetery in Smith County.