OBITUARY

Robert Felix Jackson Sr.

February 9, 1942January 12, 2011

Robert Felix Jackson SR. born on February 9, 1942 to Albert George and Majorie Lee Jackson in Houston, Texas, passed away January 12, 2011 in Kingwood, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Marjorie Gail Armstrong. Robert is survived by his wife, Anna Jackson; son, Robert Felix Jackson Jr. (Vickki); sisters, Jo Ann McCloud (Jesse) and Sheryl Jackson; brothers, Darrell Jackson (Ann), and Charles Jackson; grandchildren, Robert Felix Jackson III, Nicholas, Calvin and Ryan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends. Robert was a 1960 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, where he participated in several school activities. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1964 where he was a member of the ROTC Corp. After graduation he served in the United States Army as a 2nd. Lieutenant and was promoted to the rank of Captain before his honorable discharge. In 1967, Robert graduated with a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Other than a brief period as a teacher for the Lamarque ISD, he spent his entire career of 33 years with Exxon in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Robert was a man of strong values and touched the hearts of many he met in a special way. Most of all, he loved being with his family. Visitation with the family will be 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 19, 2011, followed by a Memorial Service at 12:30 P.M. We will travel in procession to Houston National Cemetery for interment at 2:30 P.M. In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family suggests that memorials be directed to the charity of your choice in Robert's name.

Arrangements under the direction of Kingwood Funeral Home, Kingwood, TX.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  • Interment Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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Johnnie (Ree) Glover-Johnson

March 29, 2011

Mrs Anna, Robert Jr, Victoria, Jermaine, Nicholas, Ryan, Robbie, Calvin & the entire family. May you find comfort in knowing that Mr Jackson is now resting in the bosom of Jesus; free from pain & the cares of this world. Our hearts are with you.

Jan Rowe

February 16, 2011

Robert was one of the person's that influenced my life to show that education is important. He was a great first cousin

Colvin D. Gibson

February 4, 2011

ExxonMobil's Robert (Bob) Felix Jackson Sr.

First giving honor to God, the clergy, Mrs. Anna Jackson and the entire Jackson Family and ladies and gentlemen, Good Afternoon. My name is Colvin Gibson. Anna asked me to make a few remarks concerning Bob's employment.

Bob worked in the petroleum business for Exxon Mobil, a highly technical enterprise with many specializations and numerous operating challenges. Therefore, Exxon's recruitment of outstanding professional talent is a major undertaking at the company. Many more promising applicants are screened than will be hired or offered positions. In the case of Robert F. Jackson, Humble Oil & Refining Company found just what it was they were looking for and then some.

Bob held both a bachelor and masters degree and had completed a stint in the Army as an officer. He would spend more than three decades in corporate America in Human Resources. When Bob started this journey, few similar situated African-Americans were around. During his career, he served in recruitment, compensation, supervisory and managerial roles. He worked in EUSA Headquarters, the Baytown Refinery, Pittsburg Grease Plant, the Denver Exploration organization and Brookhollow among others. Denver was probably his dream location and it took some doing to get him and Anna out there.

From early assignments, Bob developed a reputation for dedication and a strong work ethic. This led to advancement and maturation as a HR Professional. He was respected by his co-workers, peers, subordinates and management. As a trusted advisor, he was able to find the balance between being an advisor to his management clients and counselor to the business line employees. He demonstrated the ability to meet people with a smile, to be engaging, while being all business. He was the consummate Exxon man. In addition, and importantly Bob was compassionate and that made him extra special. He understood the human condition and cared. He showed uncommon empathy and generosity.

Additionally, Bob was a ready resource to those new to the company, Texas or manufacturing operations. I was among those who benefited from his guidance. He and Anna were the unofficial greeters to numerous company transferees and new hires over the years.

What do I view as Bob's principal contributions to Exxon during his career?
Spent more than 30 years adding value in a professional capacity with the world's largest oil company.
Management on the people system (compensation, benefits, staffing etc.) in such a way that permitted the business units for which he worked to achieve their objectives.
Guided the careers and development of hundreds if not thousands of employees whom he supervised and/or had career planning responsibility.
Provided high quality counsel to clients.
Injected human kindness into the work place.

I have just a few more remarks before I take my seat.
When John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company in 1882, Bob Jackson was obviously not there. However, the DNA of today's ExxonMobil Corp. has the remnants of the contributions and toil of Robert F. Jackson Sr. in it. His efforts are a part of the infrastructure of the current enterprise that operates in more than 200 countries. Bob was "an Exxon man"; he was proud of that and the company is proud of him.

And now, as we bid our dear friend Adieu today, know that he has taken on another assignment.

To Anna, son Robert, and Bob's siblings and other family members: please accept the condolences and wishes of comfort from Ann and me, and a legion of current and former employees of ExxonMobil. Please also know that we will see Bob again in the future on the other side.

May God Bless You.

Trudy Scott

February 3, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MY TRIBUTE TO ROBERT JACKSON

I never really knew what to call Robert Jackson. Was it Bob or Bobby J. or Felix? A name is important but even more important is how this wonderful man live his life.
I did not know Bob nearly as well as well as others. And so I may see him from a different prespective.
I saw a witty person with a belly laugh that would make anyone feel good. He was a gracious host who loved to share his and your home with all. Bob was a highly intelligent man who was successful in his work. He was never arrogant or patronizing. (Besides, no one would let him get by that). I remember how he cared for his mother to the end which says the most about a man.
Oh, how I remember his staccato…"Anna, Anna, Anna”! You and he seemed to have a “meant to be together” marriage. And, clearly you have produced a wonderful son (and I might add, a special daughter-in-law) with darling grandsons.
I have one particular memory about Bob that perhaps no one knows. There was on occasion at one of our Bronco parties when Levy and I brought my mother and father, two tiny little people from a rural area in Iowa. For some reason, the group went to another room. Bob was the only person who came and talked to them and was king and gentle. It was a gesture at that time and always that will leave me with the true picture of Robert Jackson. To this day it makes me cry.
Robert, Bob, Felix, Bobby J. Your legacy remains in many ways and your time here was so meaningful. Thank you.

GOS SPEED!

John Terry

February 3, 2011

Dear Ann,
In college his friends called him Felix. I called him Felix...He was my friend. One year his dorm room was next to my room. That's when we became friends. Our junior year we went into the advanced ROTC together and graduated on Sunday, May 17, 1964...marched in with our Officer's uniform. In the summer of 1969 as I was seeking employment after the military, I met Felix in San Diego as he was working for Humble as a recruiter. We had a very good time talking. Unfortunately that was our last meeting. Please let me know if, at anytime, I can be of assistance.

Andrea Daniel

January 24, 2011

Anna,

My deepest and sincerest sympathy for your loss. My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always Robert.. Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you Anna….

Carole Pinkett

January 24, 2011

Anna,
You have lost a fine mate, and we have lost a friend. Bob was the first black professional man that I met when I joined Humble Oil in February 1968. Both of you have been in my prayers in the past and will remain so. Blessings to you and Robert III as you hold on to the many great memories filled with love and laughter.

Pamiel Johnson Gaskin

January 20, 2011

Anna,
May God continue to hold you and comfort you.

Sandra Stiner Lowe

January 20, 2011

Anna Louise, May your treasured memories and the love of your family sustain you and Robert III during these difficult times. My sincere condolences and prayers are extended to you and your family.

Mary Jo Jones

January 19, 2011

Anna, I offer you the promises of our Lord and Saviour. May his comfort, peace and love keep you. I am praying for you fervently. All my love to you and your family.