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H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA

OBITUARY

Edwin Standard Jackson

August 1, 1922July 24, 2020

Just one week shy of his 98th Birthday, we lost our loving and devoted "Big Ed", Edwin S. Jackson. He was one of the few remaining WWII Vets and members of The Greatest Generation. He passed away on July 24, 2020 after a literal lifetime of service and dedication to his country, family and clients.

Ed was born on August 1, 1922 in Carrollton, GA as the only child of Celestia and W.C. Jackson and moved to Atlanta as a young boy. After the loss of his parents by age 12, he lived with various aunts and uncles in numerous homes throughout the Atlanta area. He grew up in a very modest and humble environment. He graduated from Boy's High and after his first year at Ga. State Univ. he enlisted in the Army Air Corps hoping to achieve the status of a Navigator. Instead, he surpassed his goal and became a B-17 Pilot. He was particularly inspired by his favorite actor, Jimmy Stewart, who had enlisted the year before and made video recruitment ads. Ed received his Orders to Report to Active Duty in January 1943 and shared a room with then future Governor Ernest Vandiver. Two months later he was transported to a training base at Millikin Univ. in Decatur, Illinois where he fell in love at first sight with his future wife, Roberta Siekmann, at an Open House for the cadets held at her Sorority House.

After 7 weeks of Basic Training at Millikin Univ. he was transferred out West for Advanced Flight Training and earned his "Silver Wings". He then flew a B-17 Bomber named Elizabeth Ann from the U.S. to Glatton, England where he became part of the 457th Bombardment Group (H), part of The U.S. Army Eighth Air Force. He remained there throughout the War, flying 22 Missions and grew in the ranks to become a 1st LT, Squadron Leader and Air Commander. Lt. Jackson safely returned his plane and all his crew members back to base after every bombing mission despite encountering heavy flak, enemy missiles and rocket jet attacks. He remained on base after the War to fly additional Missions into Austria to transport POWs back to their home countries. He then returned the Elizabeth Ann to the U.S.

After the War, Ed became a CPA by working as an Assistant to a CPA and going to night school to earn his Degree. He was a sole proprietor for the majority of his career, was Treasurer of the Buckhead Rotary Club, and later finished the final decades of his career at the Offices of Jones & Kolb in Buckhead. He finally retired last year at the age of 97. His work ethic was exemplary; after office hours, he worked at home 7 days/week in his recliner with his lapboard, trusty jar of peanuts beside him, and his beloved Atlanta Braves on TV. The final two years of his career, as his mental acuity began to dim, he waived his professional fees for the majority of his clients out of his sense of honor and dedication. As he explained it, he could no longer determine a fair hourly rate given his growing loss of efficiency. He was an incredibly generous and frugal man, and money was never an incentive in his life.

He and his wife, Roberta, were faithful members of Peachtree Presbyterian Church after moving to their final home of 50 years in Sandy Springs. Ed was a member of the Cherokee Town & Country Club for over 60 years where he enjoyed his regular Saturday morning golf round with friends. He was a talented Bridge player. He read and collected everything related to the "Flying Fortress", "The Mighty Eighth", and "B-17 Bombers".

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta, 12 years ago, along with his Sister In Law and Brother In Law, Eleanor and Harold Wallace of Gainesville, FLA. He is survived by his Son, Robert S. Jackson of Marietta, his Daughter, Linda C. Jackson (Carla Bramlette) of Atlanta, his Granddaughter, Laura Mesquita (Jazwani) of Tucker, 4 Nieces, Cheryl Morris, JoEllen Preston, Janet Rose, and Marcia DeDominico all of Florida, Sister-In-Law Elinor Wallace of Florida, and close family friends, Audrey Jackson of Tucker and Sheelagh Ryan of Marietta.

Ed was among the humblest of men. He neither wanted nor accepted any recognition for his many gifts or achievements. His response would only be "Phooey".

The memorial service will be Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. and the family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30328.

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  • He is survived by his Son, Robert S. Jackson of Marietta, his Daughter, Linda C. Jackson (Carla Bramlette) of Atlanta, his Granddaughter, Laura Mesquita (Jazwani) of Tucker, 4 Nieces, Cheryl Morris, JoEllen Preston, Janet Rose, and Marcia DeDominico all of Florida, Sister-In-Law Elinor Wallace of Florida, and close family friends, Audrey Jackson of Tucker and Sheelagh Ryan of Marietta.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Terry H Kingery

July 30, 2020

I was in the Buckhead Rotary Club with Ed for about 10 years in the 1990’s & though I was much younger, I shared a huge respect for Ed as my Dad also served on a B-17 as a Navigator & I knew Ed had been a B-17 Pilot. I always felt a reverence in his presence & knew he had seen many of the same sights & experiences my Dad had seen. He was a great man, a great veteran, & a great Rotarian. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Linda Jackson

July 28, 2020

Thank you so much, Paul Anderson, for your kind words. And thank you for taking the time to read about my father's life, and the man he was. Speaks volumes about the kind of man YOU are.

john havick

July 28, 2020

My uncle, Edwin Andersen (sometimes spelled anderson) was in the army airforce. a region north of London. He was attached to the 489th BG (bomb group) and 845 Squadron—489BG/845SQ. The plane was a B-24 and it was numbered 42-94786. Edwin Jackson must have been in many of the same places my uncle Edwin was.
Probably England, but also perhaps training in Idaho. He flew 23 missions and died in the Operation Market Garden Sept. 18, 1944. Edwin Jackson I am sure is a good man. This was so close to my uncle's time in the militlary, I wanted to say something. I am sorry for your loss. John Havick

Paul Anderson

July 28, 2020

I did not know LT. Jackson but I was intrigued by his life story that was written for the AJC. He surely was one of our genuine heroes.
For his family I remember and old phrase: “ We are sad for your loss but happy for your memories.”
God bless your family.

Laura Mesquita

July 26, 2020

I loved my sweet Grandfather. ❤️❤️❤️

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