DYERSBURG, Tenn.—Jerry Lee Jackson, a former vice president at Colonial Rubber Works Inc. in Dyersburg, died on April 4 after a four-month battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 74.
Jackson was active in the ACS Rubber Division and was a chairman and life member of the Southern Rubber Group. He was named the Southern Rubber Group's Man of the Year in 1972.
He also participated in the start-up of three companies: GenMar Chemical in Norwalk, Ohio; General Elastomer in Norwalk; and Sunrise Color and Chemical in Dyersburg, a custom compounder of silicone rubber and masterbatches.
Jackson was involved heavily in politics, serving as Tennessee presidential electorate in 1972. He was a state chairman for the campaigns of Howard Baker in 1966 and Richard Nixon in 1972.
Jackson is survived by his wife of 46 years, Aleece Wolfe Jackson; his mother, Pauline Traughber and stepfather Gordon Traughber; sons Jay and John of Kingsport, Tenn., and Drew of Dyersburg; daughter Angie of Troutman, N.C.; one brother and three sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials or donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Dyer County Humane Society; Dyer County Community Cancer Fund; or to any organization of the donor's choice.