She was born July 27 in Fort Myers, Fla., to Charles M. Niblack and Ruth Lanier Niblack. Her childhood was spent in Ft. Myers and Jefferson. After graduating from North Georgia College, she moved to Winder, where she was employed as a secretary with a local manufacturing company.
In 1946, she met Royce A. Jackson, and they married later that year. Jean and Royce owned and operated Jackson Ready Mixed Concrete Company in Athens, Commerce and Winder. After the business was sold in 1981, they continued their commercial rental business in Athens and Winder. They also spent many memorable weekends at their lake house on Lake Rabun and were members of the Lake Rabun Association. Jean and Royce were avid golfers and members of Athens Country Club since the 1970s. She was an active member of the Women's Golf Association and continued playing with her group until this past year. Jean was an active member of the Winder Sunbury Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the First Christian Church of Winder.
Royce, her husband of 53 years, preceded her in death in 1999. Her brother, Charles Niblack, preceded her in death in 1967.
Survivors include: a son and daughter-in-law, Royce Steven Jackson and Dottie of Winder; a son, Michael Roy Jackson of Athens; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane Jackson Donald and Robert of Athens; grandchildren, Jennifer Jackson, Mitch Donald, Sarah Donald and Mary Grace Donald; a sister and brother-in-law, Beth N. Wilson and Robert of Athens; a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte N. Patterson and Joel of Cleveland, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday at First Christian Church of Winder. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated, or in lieu of, donations may be made to the Eagle Ranch, P. O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
Smith Funeral Home of Winder was in charge of arrangements.
The Clayton Tribune, March 8, 2012