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County honors Jay Jackson for cemetery preservation service

Commissioner Rebecca McCall poses with Jay Jackson, who was honored for 17 years of service leading cemetery preservation efforts in the county. Commissioner Rebecca McCall poses with Jay Jackson, who was honored for 17 years of service leading cemetery preservation efforts in the county.

When the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee was chartered in 2005, James Clyde "Jay" Jackson was elected its chair.

He's been there ever since, guiding the committee's work to locate and preserve historic graveyards around the county and operate the Adopt-A-Cemetery program. The Henderson County Board of Commissioners and the Cemetery Advisory Committee honored Jackson, the owner of Jackson Funeral Service, earlier this month for his faithful service.

Chartered on Jan. 25, 2005, the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee helps identify, inventory, document, preserve, repair cemeteries and the property including gravestones and educates the public about how to properly clean and maintain headstones.

The resolution honoring was read by Commissioner Rebecca McCall, who is Jackson's cousin. Here's the resolution:

WHEREAS, James Clyde Jackson has faithfully served the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee as Chairman since December 15, 2004 for 10 Terms; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson helped create the Adopt-A-Cemetery Program; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson helped identify and inventory all Cemeteries in Henderson County; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Jackson helped educate others to properly clean and repair gravestones; and
WHEREAS, the members of the Cemetery Advisory Committee wish to show their appreciation for Jay Jackson’s tireless leadership;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Henderson County Board of Commissioners does hereby acknowledge their appreciation for Mr. James Clyde Jackson for his seventeen years of leadership as Chairman of the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee from 2005 through 2022.