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James Russell Jackson

James Russell Jackson, 71 of Cullowhee NC, left this life on Wednesday January the 5th, 2022, after a very long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, amongst other diagnoses. He was born in Berlin, Germany to the late Ellis Finch Jackson and Ilse Behm Jackson.

He was a US Army Veteran- MP as well as a licensed EMT. Close friends knew him as the “Action Jackson.” He was a fair and honest person, always willing to lend a hand. He generously helped many people in our community throughout the years with employment and housing. He was a longtime Assistant Manager at the Nantahala Outdoor Center store, served on the ski patrol at Cataloochee Ski Resort, and founded the Tuckasegee Outfitters. James loved all things outdoors such as mountain biking, skiing, and cross country running, but his passion was white water paddling. He kayaked through the Panama Canal, and rafted through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River.

James is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Eli and Cailtin Jackson; sister, Cyndie Jackson; and nephew, Thomas Robertson and family.

He was very well traveled, and very well loved, and will be greatly missed by many.

Family is planning to host a private celebration of life at a later date to be determined.

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I worked with WATR for several years and James worked hard to help ensure the water quality in Jackson and Swain Counties. He was such an easy person and so willing to pitch in and help. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Betty Crawford Jan 11 2022 10:55 AM

We also first new James at his Cullowhee Outdoors Store in the 1970s. He was such an avid & joyful promoter of all things outdoors! Blessings to the Family.

Keith & Pam Shuler Jan 10 2022 6:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Jackson

Keith & Pam Shuler Jan 10 2022 6:11 PM

Please accept my condolences. We were once neighbors on Blackwood Rd.

Sharon Barger Carnes Jan 10 2022 10:33 AM

eli so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He sold me my first backpack when he was working at the cullowhee store.which i still have. Lots of good memories.

gary gunter Jan 10 2022 8:38 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Jackson

gary gunter Jan 10 2022 8:31 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Jackson

Jeff Jan 9 2022 3:02 PM

James was the kind of friend you could always count on. He cared deeply about the community and about his friends. He will be missed.

Susan Anspacher Jan 9 2022 12:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Jackson

Gwen Hooper Jan 8 2022 5:43 PM