Vernon Paul Jackson, local builder, real estate developer and spiritual leader, of Morehead, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Paul was born July 19, 1927, at Nisi in Fleming County, to the late Paris Jackson, Sr., and Flora Meade Jackson.
He was a charter member of the Pine Hills Church of God.
Paul leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Glenda Raye Terry Jackson. She was the love of his life. He leaves one son, Philip Craig Jackson and wife Autumn Miranda, and their children, Colt Alexander, Jake Ulysses, Alyssa and Grace, all of Cross Plains, Tennessee. He leaves one daughter, Paula Dawn Jackson, and a very special granddaughter, Savannah Raye, both of Morehead. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Gary Paul Jackson. Also surviving are five sisters, three brothers and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul was a very humble man and dedicated father. He was a visionary creator and spiritual leader who transformed the residential, commercial and worship landscape of Rowan County, and surrounding area for more than 50 years.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Military Policeman. He was a member of Morehead American Legion Post 126.
After his service in the military, Paul was called into the ministry. He attended God's Bible School and College, a non-denominational school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enjoyed studying the works of Dr. Adam Clark.
Paul was called by God to preach the Gospel and was ordained in the Kentucky Christian Conference. He was a very humble, willing and dedicated vessel of God. Over the years he served many churches and held many positions, Sunday school teacher, pastor, executive director and more. To him the title mattered not. To serve was most important.
Paul was instrumental in designing, building and the financial support of the still existing Mount Pisgah Christian Church in Rowan County.
In 1987 Paul, along with his wife Glenda, organized, designed and built the Pine Hills Church of God. He was very proud of this church and served as Senior Pastor for more than 20 years.
In the course of his building career, Paul built more than 1,500 homes in Dayton, Ohio, Melbourne, Florida, and in Rowan County, and the surrounding area.
Paul was a leader in changing the landscape front in Rowan County through his vision, design and development skills. God gave him great vision and the ability to see a finished product from conception to completion.
He was the founder and director of Jackson Builders in Morehead. Through his work there he was able to work alongside many talented people. There were architects, engineers and many local leaders all of whom looked to him for inspiration and guidance.
Paul was most proud of his God-given talent and ability to communicate with people from all walks of life.
In addition to the many homes and commercial buildings built, there were bridges, lakes, ponds, water towers and many, many miles of roads and waterlines. The list goes on.
Paul was driven by an unending desire to serve and help others. He served on many community boards and commissions. He served on the Planning and Zoning, Election Board and Chamber of Commerce. All this he did with selfless devotion.
He said often his goal in life was to help someone every day. Goal accomplished!
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith"
II Timothy 4:7.
Private services will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Columbarium.
Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead is caring for arrangements.
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Published on October 17, 2016