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Preston L. “Sandy” Jackson, 69

Preston L. “Sandy” Jackson, 69

Preston L. "Sandy" Jackson, 69, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at his home after a period of declining health.

A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice McCrain Arledge; sister, Louise J. Hill; and brother, Kenneth L. Jackson.

Sandy served as a homicide detective for the Henderson County Sheriff's Department for 21 years. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sarah Pruitt Jackson of Hendersonville; his daughters, Kelly Jackson Raines and husband, Rodney, of Hendersonville and Tami Jackson Watkins and husband, Eric, of Atlanta, GA; three granddaughters, Morgan Elizabeth Bishop, Taylor Marie Bishop and Lauren Elizabeth Raines; one great-granddaughter, Makayla Elizabeth Bishop; two sisters, Joan Thompson of Hendersonville and Shirley Hyder and husband, Danny, of Etowah; brother, Larry Jackson and wife, Debra, of Flat Rock; a number of nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Sassy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Gethsemane Baptist Church with the Reverends Ray Talley and Dan Holbert officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

An online guest book and sympathy card are available at

Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.