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Article from Intermat

Former Oklahoma State All-American, Olympian Jimmy Jackson passes away at 51

DATE: 6/18/2008 12:47:00 PM

Jimmy Earl Jackson, age 51, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning June 17, 2008. His mother Ocie B. Jackson, father Andrew Jackson and sister Cynthia Jackson preceded him in death. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife; Katie, niece Danielle LaShawn Reilly; step-daughters, Casey and Mia Kempker; four grandchildren; aunt, Judy Perry-Thomas; uncle, Charles (Lee) Perry; very special cousins Avis Brooks, Francine Gaston, LaDale Williams, Guy Williams, Thomas Hampton and Barry Strong and many more relatives and friends.

Jimmy graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1974, where he was a member of the wrestling team and won several heavyweight state championships. After graduation he went on to be become an Oklahoma State University, " Cowboy." While at Oklahoma State, he was a three-time All American Heavyweight Wrestling champion, three-time World Cup champion and an inductee into the College Wrestling Hall of Fame. Jimmy also went on to wrestle in the 1976 Olympics. Mr. Jackson left Oklahoma State University with his Bachelors of Business Administration. Jimmy suffered for years with Diabetes, but that never deterred him from living life to its fullest.

He was a successful entrepreneur owning several businesses throughout his lifetime. Visitations will be Friday, June 20, 2008 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Brown?s Funeral Chapel, 627 Jefferson Ave. SE. A family hour will be June 21, 2008 from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, with services beginning at 3:00pm at Brown?s Chapel.