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Know your Neighbor: Deborah Jackson

April 02, 2021 - 00:00
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“The clouds were just so surreal.”

Deborah Jackson was sitting in the window seat of a jet flying from Atlanta to Chicago.

”It’s as though, I can’t explain it, it was like this burden was lifted off of me.”

She says the flight last June was her first time in an airplane. One of her daughters was graduating from the U.S. Naval academy and that gave her a good opportunity to overcome her fear of flying.

“The clouds were just so beautiful. It was as though I was in heaven.”

On the ground, Deborah Jackson is the Greene County Clerk of Superior Court, a job she has held for the last 20 years. She is responsible for maintaining and preserving all the records relative to Superior and Juvenile Courts. That includes real estate, civil and criminal documents.

“I love people,” she told the Lake Oconee News. “When people come into the office to receive a plat map or file for divorce, sometimes they have a story to tell or want to talk about something they’re going through. My whole office reaches out to them and sometimes we even have prayer with them.”

Jackson was born, grew up and still lives in Greensboro. She is the middle of five siblings raised by their mother and grandmother.

Now divorced, she takes a minute to count up her family members who are spread out from Greene County to Athens to Savannah.

Her two children have brought six grandchildren into the world who, in turn, have four great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

She is a member of Hill Chapel Baptist Church in Greensboro and supports Atlas Ministries by sponsoring a hole in their golf fundraiser.

“I love being of service to others,” Jackson says. “I’m compassionate about everything that I do. Hopefully, I’ve inspired others to get involved in the community.”

She says in her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies and shop (clothes and shoes). She is also a big sports fan – college, professional and local.

“You’re going to get me in trouble,” Jackson says when asked about her favorite college teams. She lists Florida, Alabama and then, sheepishly adds one more.

“Georgia Tech is my favorite. I have always just liked Georgia Tech over Georgia,” she admitted. “I’ve never had a family member attend Georgia Tech but I’ve just liked Tech. The last time I cheered for Georgia was when Todd Gurley was playing. If I see a certain player that I like, I’ll pull for them so there won’t be any problems since my kids are diehard Georgia fans.”

You can also find her cheering at the Greene County Recreation Department.

“I love watching kids as they develop,” Jackson says. “They do a great job there. I have a grandson who has participated in soccer and T-ball. Some of my employees, their kids play ball there and I’ll go watch them also.”

Truth be told, she’s played a little ball herself. At 5-foot 4-inches, she was a guard on the Greene County High School girls’ basketball team.

“You remember back then? You had the two players who were called rovers? I only stayed at one end of the court. I was on there for defense,” then she added, “I can shoot a little bit. I often compete with one of the guys in the office. We’ll ball up paper and shoot it into the trash can.”

Jackson is proud of having served on the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Governance Board and participated in Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greene County program.

She is living proof that you are never too old to take on new challenges.

Deborah Jackson says she has conquered her fear of flying and there is another fear she plans to beat – fear of water. She thinks taking a cruise will do the trick.

“I haven’t planned it yet but I think it will just be a weekender,” she says. “I don’t think I want it to be a long trip. I’m thinking about taking swimming lessons. I think that would help me a lot.”