Charlie Jackson

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Charlie Jackson, 95, recently passed away peacefully, after a long illness, at the home he shared with his wife of 70 years, Princess (Heins) Jackson in Rogers.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Princess, many nieces and nephews, dear friends and neighbors.

He was loved by many and known for his ready smile -- a true gentleman's gentleman. Charlie welcomed any "girl," be she two or 102, with a kiss, and every "man" with a handshake. He could often be found on his roof nailing down shingles after a storm, or in the woods above Beaver Lake cutting firewood.

Charlie was born in Macon, Ga., the last boy and second youngest of a family of nine. As Charlie put it, he "grew up on biscuits and behind a mule or churning butter."

He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II as a foot soldier. After basic training he found himself assistant to the Adjutant General on Saipan. He served four years of active duty, followed by six years as a reservist.

By the end of the war, Charlie had decided that becoming a lawyer was not for him, and instead he wished to farm. Looking for land in Northwest Arkansas along the White River, he found a new home outside Eureka Springs, along the White River bottom, and farmed until the Army Corps of Engineers began work on what is today Beaver Lake.

Charlie and Princess sold much of their land to the government and literally moved their home from beside the river to the top of what soon became known as Jackson Ridge. Charlie then went to work for the Corps in the development of the lake and became one of the first rangers on Beaver Lake. Charlie was a beloved, dedicated ranger and served for many years.

During that time, Princess was the business teacher at Eureka Springs High School. Charlie could often be found carting furniture or personal belongings to school for props in theater or chaperoning dances. He and Princess were known for their dance talent.

Charlie visited every state except North Dakota. He enjoyed being outdoors, sharing time with friends, gardening and watching the sun set over the lake. He left an endearing impression on all who met him.

He will be missed and admired.

No services are planned.