Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson, Sr.

Sunrise: April 18, 1955

Sunset: December 18, 2023

In Loving Memory of Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson

April 18, 1955 – December 18, 2023

Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson, a man who lived life to the fullest, left us with a mix of laughter and tears on December 18, 2023. He was a man of many quirks and passions, always keeping us on our toes.

Known for his love of collecting, Melvin could spot a rare baseball card from a mile away. His excitement at finding hidden gems at the flea market was contagious. He had a knack for picking the winning side in any sports event, making him a legend in betting pools the last bet he placed he actually won on the day of his death.

Melvin had a DJ alter ego, spinning tunes that made even the most reluctant dancers hit the floor. Not surprisingly Melvin met the love of his life, Joyce on the dance floor. Together, they danced through life, their steps in perfect harmony.

When it came to food, Melvin had an insatiable sweet tooth. Lemon meringue pie was his kryptonite, and he savored every bite like it was his last. Little did he know that it would indeed be his last piece, a bittersweet memory we hold dear.

Sports were Melvin‘s passion, and he excelled in every game he played. From his days on the baseball diamond to his prowess on the football field and basketball court, he was a force to be reckoned with. Off the field, he had a hidden talent for drawing and an undying love for Luther Vandross, attending every concert he could.

Now, here’s a little secret about Melvin that will make you smile: despite his towering presence, he had the tiniest, squeakiest, most adorable sneeze you’ve ever heard. It was a sound that could brighten the gloomiest of days and leave everyone rolling on the floor.

Melvin‘s dedication to his work was unwavering. For 35 years, he poured his heart and soul into the shipyard as an insulator leaving a legacy of hard work and determination. He was a loving father to two children Melvin Jackson, Jr, Connice Anthony, Sharon Baker, Brian Smith, and Steven Smith.  Melvin was  a proud grandfather to five grandchildren, cherishing every moment spent with them.

His commitment to education led him to earn an associate’s degree from Norfolk State University. As a member of the boilermakers union, he fought tirelessly for the rights of his fellow workers. He also found time to give back to the community, volunteering for organizations like the Salvation Army and Red Cross spreading his selflessness and compassion far and wide.

Melvin is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Jackson, with whom he shared 27 beautiful years of marriage. His mother, Earldine Dew, his sister, Cashena Jackson, and his brothers, Adisu Akil, Lindel, and Tony, Jackson they will forever hold him close in their hearts.

As we bid farewell to  Melvin, let us remember the laughter he brought, the joy he shared, and the memories that will forever live on. Rest in peace, Big Jack. Your spirit will continue to inspire us all.

Memorial Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, December 28, 2023 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 West Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Chelsea Smith Hall says

    My sincere condolences! Peace and Love!

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    Phyllis Custis Sherrill says

    To the Jackson,Smith-Hall,fuller,and Wilson families may GOD spread HIS love over these families in the passing of their loved one. The Custis, Sherrill and Stancil Families of Chesapeake Va.

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    Andre Hyman says

    My condolence goes out to the Jackson Family. Big Jack was my mentor in the insulation trade an friend for 36yrs . RIP 🙏

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      Dennis an Bonny says

      My condolence to the family Jack was a great friend to me an my father. Wishing you peace an love during your time of grieving. He will surely be missed. Dennis an Bonny

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      Anthony Privott and Family says

      To the Jackson family,Gloria and I are sorry for the lose of your loved one. Big Jack and Gloria would always call each other Cousins on every occasion, because of her maiden name which was “Jackson”, he would always ask me how his cousin was doing and she would do the same, I would say “Yall play too much”. May our Cousin Rest In Peasce

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    Edward & Sharon Brooks says

    On behalf of Edward &Sharon Brooks family, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire Jackson family on the loss of your loved one. It’s our prayer that God will grant you with His peace during this most difficult time. We love you and so do God.

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    Helen Long says

    My heart is saddened to hear of Big Jack’s transition. He was a great friend of mine for over 40 years. I met him at Norshipco. He always left you laughing. Jack, you will certainly be missed by so many.

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    Gloria Privott says

    I want to express my most sincere condolences to the Jackson family. Big Jack was a person with a gentle spirit and kind heart. We always called each other cousin because of the Jackson last name. He is resting with God. Peace be with the family.

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    Hawkins and Stallworth Family says

    Our condolences to the family of Melvin Jackson, a former West Munden neighbor. We are praying for you during this time of mourning that God will comfort and strengthen you.

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