Preston L. “Sandy” Jackson

June 19, 1943 - June 18, 2013
Preston L. “Sandy” Jackson

Preston L. ìSandyî Jackson, 69, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at his home after a period of declining health.

A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice McCrain Arledge; sister, Louise J. Hill; and brother, Kenneth L. Jackson.

Sandy served as a homicide detective for the Henderson County Sheriffís Department for 21 years. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sarah Pruitt Jackson of Hendersonville; his daughters, Kelly Jackson Raines and husband, Rodney, of Hendersonville and Tami Jackson Watkins and husband, Eric, of Atlanta, GA; three granddaughters, Morgan Elizabeth Bishop, Taylor Marie Bishop and Lauren Elizabeth Raines; one great-granddaughter, Makayla Elizabeth Bishop; two sisters, Joan Thompson of Hendersonville and Shirley Hyder and husband, Danny, of Etowah; brother, Larry Jackson and wife, Debra, of Flat Rock; a number of nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Sassy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Gethsemane Baptist Church with the Reverends Ray Talley and Dan Holbert officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


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  • June 20, 2013
    Lois M. Gibbs says:
    It is such a great honor and blessing to know you and am so very, very sorry for your loss... It is heartbreaking and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers... Love and Prayers, Too Too (Lois)

  • June 23, 2013
    Mike Lawing says:
    So Sorry To Hear Of Sandy's Passing. What A Great Guy ! We Worked Together For 9 Years And Sandy Was Always An Inspiration And Such A Man Of Faith And Conviction. A Real Friend.

  • June 21, 2013
    Nada says:
    Sarah, Tami & Kelly - In your sadness and loss, be reminded that Sandy received a birthday present from Heaven. What a gift! You are in my prayers.

  • June 21, 2013
    Carolyn B Cox says:
    Sara + family I'm so sorry for your loss. I missed seeing the obituary till visitation + funeral passed, so Daddy may not have known either. You are in my prayers. Love Carolyn

  • June 20, 2013
    Don Fisher says:
    It was an extreme honor to share part of my career with Sandy. He was always the consummate professional, as well as a gentleman. Sandy was smart and always knew the right thing to say. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Sandy cut a wide path in the history of Henderson County Law Enforcement, and will be remembered for generations.