After battling health issues over the last year, former Hogansville mayor of eight years Jimmy Jackson died Saturday at West Georgia Medical Center.
Jackson, 73, had also served three terms on the school board and two terms on city council and was the only African American in the town’s 144 year history to have served in all the city’s major leadership positions — school board president, mayor pro-tem, and Mayor, according to historian Tony Lowe.
Jackson always pushed back against those that attempted to divide the city.
“Mayor Jackson had a great influence on the city,” said Hogansville City Manager James Woods. “He worked hard to bring economic and racial harmony to the city. He helped bridge the racial divide.”
During his tenure, he has been credited with helping to advance city services, bring new retailers into the town, and changing the culture of police department.
In honor of his retirement this year, the city of Hogansville celebrated Jan. 6, 2014, as Jimmy L. Jackson Day.
He was a graduate of West End High School in Hogansville and attended Clark College in Atlanta and Southern Community College in Alabama. In 1996, Jackson retired from Georgia Power Company, where he had worked and rose through the ranks during his 32 years of service.
He recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Hazel Jackson, and they have six children.
Reginald Jackson, son of Jimmy Jackson, said he is proud of his father’s accomplishments.
“He thought of Hogansville and others he encountered more than he thought of his own health,” said Reginald Jackson, also a city councilman for Hogansville. “He always taught us to be positive role models to others around us and to speak up when we saw others doing wrong. I’m real proud to be his son.”
Funeral arrangements have not been announced at this time.