Carol Jackson

25 décembre 193516 juin 2021

Carol was born in Vivian, Louisiana on December 25, 1935. Prior to moving to Lake Travis in 1965, she resided in Houston for 18 years.

Carol worked in North American Aviation at NASA from 1959 to 1964 and was actively involved in the Apollo Program. She had the opportunity to work the original seven astronauts and this was a memorable part of her career. She had endless stories of her experiences, stories of the Apollo Programs and landing a man on the moon.

After moving to Austin in 1965, she joined the National Western Life Insurance Company in 1968. She was the assistant to the President Grenn Biggs, later to assume the duties of Director of Personnel in November of 1970. She was promoted to Vice President/Human Resources in 1990. Carol always enjoyed working with people, problem solving and making a difference. During her 39 years at National Western she touched many lives. Her favorite pastime was boating on Lake Travis.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son Wesley, her parents Moss and Louise Turnley, and sister Wanda Turnley. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Billy Jackson, cousins, and other loving family and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Austin chapter of the ASPCA.

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    mardi, 22 juin , 2021


Carol Jackson


David Freitag

20 juin , 2021

Condolences to Billy and family. Thank you for putting up with Wes & I when playing loud music, shooting pool, baskets and using the Glastron. Thanks for my first job! Think of y'all often!


19 juin , 2021

I can't add much to what has already been said...Carol was a great friend and co-worker, loved and respected by all. We'll all miss her deeply and wish the best for Billy as he soldiers on alone.

Pete and Jody Baley

Ron Mitchell

18 juin , 2021

Sorry fills many hearts with the passing of Carol. It is with profound personal grief for Billy to learn of Carol's passing.
The charter of the life she lived always reflected a big heart, a loyal friend, an exceptional host, boundless enthusiasm and love of life all packaged within a personality filled with charm and what seemed as unlimited level of energy. She excelled in her professional career as well as in her social shine. I had the pleasure of working for her and Billy when I was a Jr. High and High School student and was blessed with becoming and remaining a friend for over 55 years. May she enjoy her eternal rest and the rewards she has earned. Carol and Billy left an indelible imprint on my life and for that I am so grateful .

Ron Mitchell

Doris Kruse

17 juin , 2021

Carol was my co-hart in crime at National Western Life more affectionally known as NWL. She and I were both Capricorn babies with hers on the 25th and mine on the 28th but separated by 10 years. We thought the same and had the same work ethic . As others have mentioned, Carol was always dressed professionally even when more casual dress came to be allowed. If she wore something colorful I would always comment by saying Wow. I really missed her when she retired and am saddened by her death. Buddy and I extend our sympathy to Billy and the other family members.


Jo and Joe Morris

17 juin , 2021

Carol was the ultimate professional. She could hold her own under any circumstances and never seemed to be ruffled. And she was impeccably dressed at all times. She even showed up to an NWL picnic in high heel shoes as she stumbled through the sand. She showed respect and concern for each employee and always had a listening ear to any issues or complaints. She and Billy are friends and we enjoyed some fun times both at NWL and when we were all retired. it is especially sad for us that we have lost both Carol and Helen Miller in a matter of months. Our world has lost some special people but they are both now enjoying peace and comfort in a better place.

Donna and Rick Richardson

17 juin , 2021

Carol was always such a gracious hostess and made all feel welcome. Her grace, poise, attention to detail, and professionalism made her a valuable asset.

Always immaculately attired and elegant, Carol's definition of "casual dress" seemed to fit most people's definition of "semi-formal" or "professional business" dress.

We have many fond memories of Carol and feel very fortunate to have known her.

We are thinking of you and praying for you, Billy.

Rick and Donna Richardson