Charles Edward "Charlie" Jackson




October 22, 1934 - July 9, 2017

Pinehurst – Charles Edward “Charlie” Jackson, 82, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. at The Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, NC. The family will receive friends following the service in Chapel Hall.

Charlie, one of eight children, was born October 22, 1934 in Sardis, Mississippi, son of the late Glenn and Nelle Shettlesworth Jackson. After graduation from South Side High School in Memphis Tennessee in 1952, Charlie attended Memphis State University for one semester before enlisting in the US Air Force in January 1953. Following tours in the United States and England, Charlie returned to Memphis in 1956 where he completed his degree work at Memphis State in 1959. In January 1960, he embarked on a distinguished 32-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Charlie was a true patriot. He was as proud of his service in the US Air Force as an enlisted man as he was of his service as a senior officer in the CIA. He loved his country and served it well in Africa, Asia and Washington, DC.

He was one of those rare individuals who never let his rank or station get in the way of his humanity. His colleagues and friends describe him as one of the kindest, most thoughtful and caring individuals they ever knew. Charlie also loved life and cherished the times he spent with friends visiting South Africa, trekking to Cooperstown to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or just golfing around Pinehurst, the place that became his home after retiring from the CIA - and the place where he met his beloved Jane.

Charlie and Jane were married in January 2007. Their decade long marriage was too short but it was filled with love and respect and plenty of happy times. Charlie joined the Village Chapel where Jane already belonged and quickly became one of its most popular and beloved members, always ready to lend a helping hand and always cheerful, even as he suffered the slow, debilitating decline brought on by Alzheimer's.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Hollis Jackson; step children, Vickie Sanders and Marcia Brown both of Southaven, MS, Laura Landerman of Naples, FL, Robin Brownlow of Wilmington, NC, Ruthie Branch of Portland, OR, Scott Foster of Auburn, NY, Ray Foster of Sarasota, FL and Gail Foster of Fairfield, IA; brothers, Curtis Jackson of Birmingham, AL and Tom Jackson of Huntsville, AL. Numerous step grandchildren also survive.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or FirstHealth Hospice House, 251 Campground Road, West End, NC 28374.