Nelson Pointer Jackson
Nelson Pointer Jackson


Captain Nelson Pointer Jackson, USN (Ret.) died peacefully at his home Sunday morning, November 1, 2015 in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Nelson is survived by his loving wife Earlene Kistler Jackson of the home, his three children Peyton Nelson Jackson (Leigh Ann) of Alexandria, Virginia, Julia Lamar Jackson Mullis (Alan) of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Ransom Frederick Jackson (Cortney) of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and stepsons Douglas Carr Kistler and Gregory Durham Kistler of Durham, North Carolina. Nelson was born on December 9, 1930 in Roxboro, North Carolina. He was the son of Meadie Frederick Jackson Durham and John Pointer Jackson and was reared in Durham, North Carolina. Nelson was predeceased by his sister Janice Jackson Wilson (Alvin Caroll (A.C) of Anderson, South Carolina. Nelson was born on the family tobacco farm, graduated from Durham High School in 1949, and Duke University in 1953. Nelson began singing at weddings at the age of 9. He furthered his singing career as a Tenor while at Duke University and took voice lessons at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris, France under the direction of the famous Tenor Pierre Bernac while he was stationed in Paris. The noted French composer Francis Poulenc was known for sitting in and observing Nelson’s singing sessions. Nelson joined the Navy Reserves in 1951, and married Ann Lamar Parish in 1959. For 24 years Nelson enjoyed his Navy career traveling the world. He was Commanding Officer of four Naval vessels, including the USS Rupertus of which he was very proud. He spent many years abroad, served in Vietnam, Japan, Paris, Hawaii, and California, before settling in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Nelson retired from his final duty station at the Pentagon in 1977. He earned his Master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1977, and dabbled in politics when he ran for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in the early eighties. Nelson began his new career with The American Defense Preparedness Association in 1980. He became an executive with the National Defense Industry Association and was a Director with National Training Systems Association in Arlington, Virginia. Nelson was a founder and Director of the International Training and Education Conference Ltd. in London, England. He continued working for NDIA, NTSA and ITEC up until the time of his death. In 1999 Nelson and Earlene were married and lived in Durham, North Carolina for three years before moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2003. Nelson and Earlene spent much of their time traveling and enjoying their new life at the beach. Nelson had many wonderful friends and enjoyed entertaining and singing for them. He and Earlene were Patrons of the Arts in Myrtle Beach and one of his favorite yearly events was the Annual Christmas Soirée that he and Earlene gave for their friends. Nelson will always be remembered fondly every time “Danny Boy” is heard. He leaves behind the love of his life, his loving children, numerous friends, colleagues, and his cherished nine grandchildren, Courtney and Julia Barber, Amanda Mullis, Taylor and Casey Jackson, Charlot Anne and Caroline Jackson, and MacKenzie and Brenna Whalon. He will be sorely missed by all, deeply loved, and always remembered. Capt. Nelson P. Jackson, USN (Ret.) will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia with full military honors. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Barry B Begault
New Orleans, La

I served under Captain Nelson on the USS Rupertus from 1969 - 1971

Skip Vibert

Dear Earlene & Family,

Nelson was a wonderful person, friend and mentor. We are all sadden at the loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Fair Winds and following Seas Nelson.

Sae Schatz
Arlington, VA

Dear Earlene and Family,

Over the last few years, it\'s been my distinct honor to have gotten to know Nelson through NTSA and I/ITSEC. He always carried himself with dignity, astuteness, and warmth. He\'s been a fixture of this community, and his loss will be felt pervasively. Nelson leaves a far-reaching legacy, and while others may follow in his wake, no one can replace his charm, personality, and angelic tenor. He will be missed.

Chris Chan
Orlando, FL

Dear Earlene & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a good man and so passionate about his singing.
For maybe 15 plus years, I got to know him well from my time spent rehearsing with him both in person and over the phone. : ) We always got it together musically just in time for the annual I/ITSEC dinner, and in true Navy fashion, he was “Always Prepared.” I have many cassettes of his singing. He always made them and sent them to me in advance so that I could rehearse without him until he got to town. I will be playing at the I/ITSEC Dinner again this year – with more spirit and purpose than ever. When I heard the news of his passing, I immediately went to the piano and sang him up my best “Danny Boy.”
I’m honored to have known him and wish you and your family all the best.
Much Love,
Chris Chan

RADM Fred Lewis
Virginia Beach, VA

John Paul Jones, the father of the American Navy, said,"A Naval Officer must first be a gentleman with the finest sense of personal honor...". CAPT Nelson Jackson fit that mold perfectly. He was my dear friend and colleague. I shall miss him greatly.

Wayne Williams - USMC
Longs, SC

RIP Sailor !!!
Wayne Williams
United States Marine Corps

Carolyn Pittman
Pawleys Island, SC

Earlene and family, I was shocked and saddened when I heard that Nelson has left us so suddenly. We will miss his beautiful voice and his love for the Long Bay Symphony and the arts in Myrtle Beach. I feel such a lose and hurt for each of you.

John Freeman
Orlando, FL

It is with great sadness that I have learned of CAPT Jackson's passing. I knew him for many years through I/ITSEC and other NTSA events. As a former Sailor, I regarded him as a true patriot and professional! Fair winds and following seas as CAPT Jackson goes ashore....

Tanya Abernethy
Greve, Denmark

Dearest Earlene and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Captain Jackson was an amazing man and a true inspiration to me. I was honored to know him and work with him for the short 2 years I was in Myrtle Beach. He will always be remembered as the smiling face and happy spirit that kept us in line at MBSBC. Sincerely, Tanya

Paul Chatelier
Springfield, VA

Dear Earlene, Nelson was one true patriot and friend. Over the years a high point of I/ITSEC was to enjoy his company and hear him sing to the attendees. We will miss him and his constant smile as he worked the crowd to ensure that I/ITSEC continued to be a great success....and it always was thanks to Nelson.

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