City of Bryan Employee, Jefferson Award Winner Jackson Passes Away


BRYAN A well loved City of Bryan Employee, Jefferson Award Winner and youth mentor has died.

Ronnie Jackson was known for being a constant advocate for young people as the city's Neighborhood / Youth Services Director.

News 3 looked into the life and legacy of Ronnie Jackson.

A local mentor has lost his life after a lengthy battle with stage four lung cancer.

But 63-year-old Ronnie Jackson was more than just a public servant.

"Its certainly a struggle, anytime you lose not just a co-worker but a friend like Ronnie," said Bryan Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker.

Walker was a close friend of Jackson's for 18 years when both started working here.

"He was always more concerned about others than he was concerned about himself," Walker added.

In 2010 Jackson was awarded a Jefferson Award for his service to the community. He said volunteering was a family value.

"Both of my parents did a lot of volunteering in the community, church and so lots of times we tagged along and did kind of whatever they were doing. So it was just kind of a part of how I was raised," said Ronnie Jackson, during an April 2010 interview.

Aside from Being a Bryan ISD Host Member, he was a part of Project Unity, MHMR, Family Solutions, Concerned Black Men and Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley.

"He truly had a heart as big as Texas for young people and went above and beyond the call of duty," recalled Ron Rolett, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley President.

An amazing life that touched so many others.

Just last month the community rallied around Ronnie Jackson with support for his medical bills with hundreds buying barbecue plates.

He is survived by his wife Kelli Levey, who serves on the Bryan ISD School Board.

Funeral arrangements for Jackson are Friday at 2 P.M. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.

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The City of Bryan is reporting that Ronnie Jackson, Neighborhood/Youth Services Director, has died.

Funeral services are pending, the city said in a release Tuesday morning. He was 63 years old.

Jackson was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer a little over a year ago.

Jackson was awarded a Jefferson Award in 2010 for his work with young people in the community.

"Both of my parents did a lot of volunteering in the community, church and so lots of times we tagged along and did kind of whatever they were doing. So it was just kind of a part of how I was raised," said Jackson in 2010.

Jackson was married to Kelli Levey, who serves on the Bryan ISD school board.


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