News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 16, 2014

James H. Jackson


WEST TERRE HAUTE — James H. Jackson, 87, of the Villages, Fla., and formerly of West Terre Haute, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Villages Regional Hospital. Jim was born in and moved to the Villages from West Terre Haute in 1997. Jim was a graduate of Wiley High School, where he participated in track, football and basketball. He went on to pursue his education at Indiana State Teacher’s College and completed his post graduate work at Indiana University. Jim was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Jim was highly involved with the West Terre Haute School community for 49 years. His time there included teaching, coaching, acting as the Dean of boys, junior high, middle and high school principal. Mr. Jackson proudly influenced thousands of young people throughout his 49 years as an educator in West Terre Haute.

He is revered as a legendary figure in the West Terre Haute Community. Upon his retirement, he was West Vigo High School Principal. He was a member of the Indiana High School Principal Association, and upon his move to The Villages he joined the Indiana Club and the Palo Alto Club. He attended New Covenant United Methodist Church. His hobbies included golf, swimming, playing cards, dancing and watching the Indiana University football and basketball teams as well as the Indianapolis Colts. Jim will be dearly missed by many for his fun-loving, competitive spirit and his love for life and his community.

Survivors include his wife, Valada “Tootie” Jackson; two sons, Jeff Jackson and his wife Louise of Terre Haute, and John Jackson and his wife Colette of Franklin; a daughter, Jennifer Likens and her husband Jim of West Terre Haute; a son-in-law, Ron Terrell of Bloomington, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Terrell.

On Saturday Jan. 18, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. West Vigo High School will have a tribute to Jim Jackson in Jim Mann Green Dome (main gymnasium) to celebrate his life and accomplishments. The public is encouraged to attend. Jim’s family kindly suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Vigo High School Crisis Fund with envelopes available at the tribute service. Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, West Terre Haute assisted Jim’s family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at: