OBITUARY

Eric Neal Jackson

May 18, 1967August 20, 2018
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Services for Eric Jackson, 51, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel. Eric was born May 18, 1967 in Long Island, New York, the son of Gloria (Foy) and the late Donald H. Jackson, Sr. He passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 in a Lufkin hospital. Eric was retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was a devoted husband, father grandfather, son, and brother. He was all about the family. He enjoyed cooking, hot wings, and playing sports. Eric was a New York Jets and Yankee’s fan and loved Batman. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Eric is survived by his wife, Connie Jackson of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Amy Thacker of Lufkin; son, Dale Jackson of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Samantha and Nick Gilbert and Ashley and Jacob Shepherd, all of Lufkin; 11 grandchildren, Leilani, Kalia, Myla, C J, Cadyn, Brody, Tabytha, Dalila, Eric, Annabella and Jacob; sisters and brothers, Gloria Brothers, Michael G. Jackson, Sharon G. Peters, Philip Jackson, Todd Jackson and Claude Jackson; and a number of other family members. In addition to his father, Eric was preceded in death by his brother, Donald H. Jackson, Jr. A gathering celebrating Eric’s life will be held at Abram’s Downtown, 415 South First Street, Suite 133-B, Lufkin, Texas following the service. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

  • FAMILY

  • Connie Jackson, Wife
  • Christopher and Amy Thacker, Son and Daughter-in-Law
  • Dale Jackson, Son
  • Samantha and Nick Gilbert, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Ashley and Jacob Shepherd, Daughter and Son-in-Law
  • Leilani, Kalia, Myla, C J, Cady, Brody, Grandchildren
  • Tabytha, Dalila, Eric, Annabella and Jacob, Grandchildren
  • Gloria (Foy) Jackson, Mother
  • Gloria Brothers, Sister
  • Michael G. Jackson, Brother
  • Sharon G. Peters, Sister
  • Philip Jackson, Brother
  • Todd Jackson, Brother
  • Claude Jackson, Brother
  • Eric was also survived by a number of other family members.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Donald H. Jackson, Sr.; and brother, Donald H. Jackson, Jr.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

Eric Neal Jackson

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wayne goodman

October 20, 2018

There are too many wonderful memories to share of Eric but I would like to say that his million dollar smile, contagious laugh, big personality and life experiences helped his LAPD, 8 / 95 class make it through 6 tuff months of Academy training.

For the years after graduation that I got to see Eric he brought the same joy, laughter and positive attitude with him and shared it with all of us.

He lit up every room that he walked into and I know that he is bright star in the sky keeping us safe as he did down here.
Every time I put on my LAPD uniform and Yankee Jersey I am honored to know than Eric was part of that family and made them all better.

Rest in peace Brother Eric and we all miss you down here! Your dear friend, Wayne

Rich Swisher

August 27, 2018

My condolences, and those of my family, to Connie and the rest of Eric’s family.

Eric and I attended the LAPD academy together, both as former Air Force Security Forces. We were friends and teammates from the start. Eric’s cheer and joy were ever-present and on full display. Like the rest of us, Eric had no quit, but with him there was no quit along with a big beaming smile or a joke, or a big pat on the back. Eric exuded care and love for all that encountered him. To match his example was sadly a task that I’ve never come close to mastering. His example though will always be here and will never fade, so I’ll use the rest of my time here trying to more closely emulate my friend Eric. Our class was very lucky to have Eric, his genuine warmth and his joyful character as a part of us. The US Air Force, the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles were lucky to have a man like that serve it’s citizens for 22 years.

2 Timothy 4: 7-8:
7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day -- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Rest in peace, Eric. Our prayers are with your lovely wife and family.

Greg Owens

August 27, 2018

Eric was a great cop. He servedhis community and his nation honorably. I remember Eric because sometimes we were partnered up as wrestling mates. He was always very aggressive in what he did. He was always giving at 110%. He was also very compassionate and giving. His heart and smile was as big as he was.

I ran into Eric through our careers. He was always happy to see any of his 8-95 classmates. I'm sad to hear of his passing. He went way too early. He is in God's kingdom now. He is home.

My families thoughts and prayers are with his family.

With love,

Greg Owens
Sergeant, LAPD
LTC, USAR, retired.

David and Barbara Eide

August 25, 2018

With a sad heart we will remember what a fine man Eric was.....We got to enjoy the Holidays with He and his beautiful wife Connie..... they were so full of hopes and dreams.....May the good Lord reach down and hold his grieving family in the palm of his hands....May his guiding ...ever burning , bright candle see Eric home safe and sound....He will not be forgotten ! Amen

Michele Rudd

August 25, 2018

We love you!

Julie Nony

August 25, 2018

Dear Eric’s family & friends,
My heart goes out to you on behalf of his classmates from the Los Angeles Police Department. Even though many years can pass after the police academy it does not take away from the bond that we all shared. We would all continue to run into one another throughout the years and one thing that always stood out with Eric was his infectious smile. He was kind and a part of much larger picture. His purpose here and his service to our communities will never be forgotten. We send you love, light & comfort during this time. With much love & respect, his family in blue 💙

Nate' Peters

August 25, 2018

I have very few fond memories of my Uncle Eric, they might not seem like much, but I will cherish them always. I was still very young when he moved away. I remember when my Uncle went to the movies to see Batman starring Michael Keaton, boy did he love Batman, and I believe that same year for Halloween he was Batman. I thought he was the coolest Batman ever, and he had a mask and everything. I also remember when I may or may not have played Mariah Carey’s ‘Vision of Love’ one to many times on repeat continuously, and Uncle Eric removed the cassette tape from the stereo. He walks out of the room with the tape in his hands. Uncle Eric said something along the lines of not being able to listen to that song one more time. My next memory was when my mom dropped him off for the Air Force, that was one of the best decisions he made. During his time in the service, he met and married my Aunt Connie and started a family with her.

The only thing that makes his passing bearable is in this short time with us; I could tell that not only did he love his family deeply, but they all also loved him in return. That provides the greatest comfort to me knowing he was able to see his children grow and meet his grandchildren. He will live on in them. Every time throughout the years whenever I would see Batman, Uncle Eric was always in my thoughts, and that will never change. I will forever remember his smile that would light up a room, his wicked sense of humor, witty banter, and his knack for debating topics he was passionate about. You may be gone, but never forgotten.

Love always your Niece NayNay.

Mark Allen

August 23, 2018

Eric would always let you know when it was football season because he would yell, " J!! E!! T!! S!! JETS!! in the police station where he worked. GOD SPEED MY BROTHER

Sabrina Lessane

August 22, 2018

I have so many childhood memories that Eric is a part of that it's difficult to know what to say. But I am proud to learn of the man he became. The devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather, military servant and police officer were all roles I know he embraced whole heartily. And if you knew Eric at all, none of these choices surprised you. Always believing in being a loyal friend and family member, his love of family comes easy to understand. His love for his country as showed through his choices to serve and protect in the Air Force and LAPD are also easy to understand. He always liked order. I pray that his family finds comfort in knowing that Eric is safe in the arms of the Lord and watching over them from above.

Bernhard Sengstock

August 21, 2018

Action Jackson had all the right moves on the football field. It was an honor and privilege to play side by side with Eric. I will remember his infectious smile, hard working attitude, and of course that Jeri-Curl. Love you Brother Marauder, and more importantly, Brother in Christ. Time to put on immortality, and bask in the Glory of the Lord. See you again someday.

Biography

Services for Eric Jackson, 51, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel.
Eric was born May 18, 1967 in Long Island, New York, the son of Gloria (Foy) and the late Donald H. Jackson, Sr. He passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 in a Lufkin hospital.
Eric was retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was a devoted husband, father grandfather, son, and brother. He was all about the family. He enjoyed cooking, hot wings, and playing sports. Eric was a New York Jets and Yankee’s fan and loved Batman. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
Eric is survived by his wife, Connie Jackson of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Amy Thacker of Lufkin; son, Dale Jackson of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Samantha and Nick Gilbert and Ashley and Jacob Shepherd, all of Lufkin; 11 grandchildren, Leilani, Kalia, Myla, C J, Cadyn, Brody, Tabytha, Dalila, Eric, Annabella and Jacob; sisters and brothers, Gloria Brothers, Michael G. Jackson, Sharon G. Peters, Philip Jackson, Todd Jackson and Claude Jackson; and a number of other family members.
In addition to his father, Eric was preceded in death by his brother, Donald H. Jackson, Jr.
A gathering celebrating Eric’s life will be held at Abram’s Downtown, 415 South First Street, Suite 133-B, Lufkin, Texas following the service.
Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com
Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.