Sunday, December 10, 2023

Kenneth Michael ‘Mike’ Jackson, 76, of Newport News

Kenneth Michael “Mike” Jackson (Vincent Funeral Home)

Kenneth Michael Jackson was born on December 16, 1945, in West Point, Virginia the third child of the late Charles Lee Jackson, Sr and Norma Jean (Edwards) Jackson.

Mike attended and graduated from West Point High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army in March 1966 and was honorably discharged in July 1972. In December of 1966, he was blessed with an inheritance, his son, Carlos Antwoine Jones from Carolyn Jones Crump. Mike eventually moved to New York City and studied various courses at local community colleges. He then settled into a career as a Sales Director with Citicorp Inc. During the time Mike was living and working in New York City, he met Angela Fish. They began dating and shortly after, they were married in March of 1977. From their union, Mike was blessed with another inheritance of three daughters, Cheron, Jannell, and Kialah.

In 1987, Mike and his wife made the choice to accept a promotion and transition to the West Coast. He moved his family from New York City to Pasadena, California. While living in California, he was commonly known as Kenny or Ken. In the late ’90s, Mike began a career in Sales with Sprint PCS. This position too allowed him to travel with his family on occasions and continue to enjoy his hobbies. In the mid-2000s, he took another Sales position with LifeSource Water Systems, Inc and worked for the company until his retirement. If you knew Mike, you would know playing golf was his favorite hobby. He enjoyed playing golf on the weekends, practicing a few times a week, competing in golf tournaments, and recording all the professional golf tournaments that aired on national television. It was in California where he learned he lived in a state with some of the best golf courses. Whether traveling for work or leisure, he always played at least 18 – 36 holes. Mike had the pleasure of becoming a member of several clubs while living in California. But the one he played with and enjoyed the most was the Altadena Country Club, where he built strong friendships that have lasted down to this day.

In 2009, Mike retired and moved back to his home state of Virginia to be closer to his family in VA, N.J, and GA. He settled down in the city of Newport News. Soon after, he joined St. John Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA and took pleasure in singing with various choir groups. He enjoyed nature, feeding the squirrels, the birds, and gardening. He also enjoyed the Hamptons Golf course in Hampton, VA and surely left a lasting impression. Mike loved to cook and post his masterpiece meals on Facebook for all to see. There was always jazz or gospel music playing in the background to set the mood. You could also count on receiving an encouraging text or Facebook post with a scripture or a quote to brighten your day and make you smile.

Mike departed this life on Thursday, June 16, 2022, in the town he called home. He is preceded in death by his wife Angela Jackson, his father Charles Lee Jackson, Sr., his mother Norma Jean Jackson, and his brother Charles “Peter” Jackson, Jr. He leaves his children to cherish his memories: Carlos Jones (Sherry) of Williamsburg, VA, Cheron McCallum (Donald) of Dallas, GA, Jannell Jackson of Newport News, VA, and Kialah Moye (Talmin) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. His sisters: Ruth McNeely of Atlantic City, NJ, and Loretta Jackson of Atlantic City, NJ. Mike also leaves to treasure his memories: grandsons Christopher and Tamaree, granddaughters Channing, Angela, Camille, and Starr, and great-grandchildren Prince Kyrie, and Hermajesty Nova; also, his aunt, Madeline Edwards, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

*Services for Mr. Jackson will be livestreamed at the following link beginning 10 minutes prior to services:

**We may experience technical difficulties due to internet strength as well as impending weather. We apologize for any inconvenience, but will be recording the service as well to be posted at a later date**

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