Michael Timothy Jackson, 75, of Morristown, Tennessee passed away at home on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Michael was born on March 14, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee and married Paula “Joette” Williamson on August 2, 1968 at Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Michael served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1969, where he continued his service in the Navy and Air Force Reserves. Michael then worked in the grocery store industry for over 30 years before making an inspiring career change to pursue his passion for education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carson Newman College at the age of 51 and then Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memory University where he served the Hamblen County School District as an educator and teacher. Michael was known for his thirst of knowledge, passion for history, love of traveling and being outdoors. While Michael had many accomplishments throughout his life, what he most adored was his family. He was always present, supportive and would do anything for them. He once remarked that a man’s legacy is his children and grandchildren and he and Joette have many reasons to be proud. Michael was the kind of man that would do anything for anyone.
Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Dorine Jackson; sister, Betty Jo (Robert) Manning; brother Harry Crates Jackson; niece, Teresa Lynn Duvall and father-in-law, Robert W. “Jerry” Williamson. Michael is survived by his wife of 52 years Joette Jackson; daughters, Kelly Rutherford and Whitney (John) Rouse; grandchildren, Clay and Tate Rutherford and Maggie Rouse; sister, Carol Jackson Johnson; sister-in-law, Gail Jackson; niece, Angie (Doug) Zimmerman; nephew, Donnie Duvall; mother-in-law, Pansy Williamson; sisters-in-law, Wanda (Rick) Long, Kathy (Steve) Lucas, and Patti (Dar) Thress and many nieces and nephews that were so special to him.
Military graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery located at 2200 E Governor John Sevier Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920. Due to COVID-19, for those attending the service, facial coverings are required; and social distancing is expected. Reverend Doug Brown will officiate the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association in memory of his brother Harry.
Allen Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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