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Charles "Chuck" Jackson

Celebrating the Life of 

September 13, 1953 - November 4, 2020

 
Image by Josh Rose

Biography

Charles “Chuck” P. Jackson, son of Jean Foster and the late Charles Jackson, was born September 13, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of five, Chuck’s mother and his stepfather, the late Patrick H. Foster, found love and merged their families to embark on an adventure that took Chuck, along with his elder sister, BJ Jackson and younger brother, Patrick K. Foster, across the world travelling as a military family before finally settling in El Paso, Texas where Chuck attended and graduated from Burges High School.

Chuck’s basketball talent at Burges High School led him to Marshall University in 1971 where he played for Marshall’s Thundering Herd. It was at Marshall where he pledged Omega Psi Phi. Chuck later moved to Houston where he would ultimately establish his family and career as well as graduate from the University of Houston. Chuck served with Central Houston, Inc. for 20+ years playing a pivotal role as the Director of Operations in helping to clean up the downtown Houston area and establish what is known as the “Street Team” before his retirement. Though Chuck dedicated his career to transforming downtown Houston, his love for basketball was ever present which led him to spend 34 years working with the Houston Rockets on the seasonal staff where he further forged strong friendships lasting decades. 

 

Chuck quietly passed away on November 4, 2020 with his two daughters, Summer and Ryane, by his side. Though Chuck was known for his signature deep voice, his commanding presence and his willingness to always have a hug ready for his friends, Chuck’s love and pride for his children was paramount and known by all who encountered him. Chuck expressed that love to his two daughters daily as he watched them grow into the strong women they are today and considers them to be his greatest accomplishments.

 

Chuck leaves behind his two daughters, Summer Jackson and Ryane Jackson,  Jean Foster (mother), BJ Jackson (sister), Patrick K. Foster (brother) and his wife Linda, Rhonda Jackson (Mother to Summer and Ryane), Patrick H. Foster (nephew), Tania Foster-Curry (niece) and her husband Calvin along with their infant daughter Eleanor (great-niece), and  a host of cousins and loved ones across his family. 

 

As a result of his generous spirit and the importance he placed on his friendships, he was loved by many. Though he battled cancer at the later stages of his life, his persevering spirit never wavered and, therefore, his influence will forever remain in the lives and hearts of all who knew him. 

Trees

When Great Trees Fall

Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,

rocks on distant hills shudder,

lions hunker down

in tall grasses,

and even elephants

lumber after safety.

When great trees fall

in forests,

small things recoil into silence,

their senses

eroded beyond fear.

 

When great souls die,

the air around us becomes

light, rare, sterile.

We breathe, briefly.

Our eyes, briefly,

see with

a hurtful clarity.

Our memory, suddenly sharpened,

examines,

gnaws on kind words

unsaid,

promised walks

never taken.

 

Great souls die and

our reality, bound to

them, takes leave of us.

Our souls,

dependent upon their

nurture,

now shrink, wizened.

Our minds, formed

and informed by their

radiance, fall away.

We are not so much maddened

as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of

dark, cold

caves.

 

And when great souls die,

after a period peace blooms,

slowly and always

irregularly. Spaces fill

with a kind of

soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, never

to be the same, whisper to us.

They existed. They existed.

We can be. Be and be

better. For they existed.

 
Image by Sergey Shmidt

In lieu of flowers

In lieu of flowers, please donate to help other fathers, brothers, uncles and sons win the fight against prostate cancer.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation

 
 

Photo Gallery

This gallery is a tribute to Chuck Jackson and the life he lived with his family and friends.

 

We encourage you to share your own photos with him in the Guest Book section and we may add them to the gallery at a future date.

 

Also, please take a moment to enjoy the below playlist of his favorite songs as well as songs that remind his family of the impact he has made in their lives. 

 

Guestbook

Please send your favorite memory of Charles "Chuck" Jackson. 

Feel free to include photos