County Commission honors Ray Wilson Jacks

The first non-procedural order of business during the County Commission meeting that took place on Tuesday, September 15, was the honoring of the late Ray Wilson Jacks, a former Lincoln County Commissioner.

County Attorney Ed Simms spoke on the matter, reading through the resolution in Jacks’ honor, which opened, “On August 14, 2020, the many friends and associates of Ray Wilson Jacks were saddened to learn of his death at the age of 91.” The resolution would go on to note that Jacks was born in Elora, going on to attend and graduate from Flintville High School and subsequently serve in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. A jet engine mechanic while enlisted, Jacks would go on to have a career with the United States Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.

While carrying on with his career, Jacks spent 20 years as a Lincoln County Circuit Court Officer.

“Mr. Jacks loved being outdoors,” Simms said, “working on his farm, hunting, and rooting for the Atlanta Braves… Mr. Jacks was married to Nellie Ruth Finn Jacks for almost 59 years, and they had three children – Marylyn Davis, Pamela Atkinson, and Andy Jacks, and grandchildren Wendy Thompson, Christopher Davis, and Allen Davis, and great grandchildren Ben Thompson, Grant Thompson, Tennyson Davis, and Presley Davis.”

Mr. Jacks held a tenure of three terms as a County Commissioner in Lincoln County.

The text of the final section of the resolution in Mr. Jacks’ honor is as follows: “And now therefore be it resolved that the members of the Lincoln County Legislative body to hereby wish and desire to the family of Mr. Jacks our sincere condolences and sympathy, and to express to them as well as his many friends and associates our sincere appreciation for the many years of devoted and distinguished service rendered to Lincoln County and this community by Mr. Jacks.”

Following the reading and approval of this resolution, Mayor Newman acknowledged and thanked the Jacks family, who were present for the meeting.