Robert Benton Jackson III


Robert Benton Jackson III was born on July 14, 1938. He is the son of the late Dr. Robert Benton Jackson Jr. and T. Bernice Poole Jackson of Atlanta, GA.

Robert was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Bobby, as he was fondly known, attended Turner High School and was a member of the class of 1956. In 1962, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a double major in mathematics and psychology. He also attended Morehouse College and John Marshall School of Law (formerly known as Woodrow Wilson), and he received primary flight training at the Fulton Air Service School of Aviation.

Bobby married Linda Arlene Watley in 1963. From that union, his three children were born (Lori, Robby and Leslie).

Bobby was employed as a consultant to numerous private institutions in Atlanta, including: working as an aviation operations analyst for Shell Oil Company, a branch manager for Decatur Federal Savings and Loan; executive director for Atlanta Inner-City Development Corp (with Maynard Jackson); vice-president of the First Bank of Barbuda & Antigua; and vice-president of operations for Atlanta Lakewood Enterprises, Limited. Bobby retired to his beloved summer home of 70 years on Martha’s Vineyard. He enjoyed tennis, chess, grilling out, and time with family and friends. He was always the life of the party.

Robert is survived by his children, Lori Henry (Charles), Robert B. Jackson IV (Raquel Brown, fiancee), Leslie Jackson; his sister Bernice Javonne Anderson and niece April Anderson (Arthur Walton); his grandchildren Lauren, Lindsey, Madison, Rachel, Jackson, Ashton; his great-granddaughter Leilani; cousins Barbara Jean Andrews (Fred), Sherrie Coles Gordon, Lisa Strait (George), Kathy Lane, Jackie Adams, Harold and Edyth Poole, and many other family members and friends.

The memorial for Robert Jackson will be live-streamed on Saturday, July 31, at 11 am.