Jackson, a Walker High School gradauted, later graduated from Auburn University in 1947 and obtained his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1949. Jackson served as a special agent with the FBI for two years before opening his practice in Jasper on Jan. 1, 1952.
Before beginning his professional career, Jackson served with the Army Air Corps during World War II, training to fly B-24s and B-29s and later served as a flight instructor with the Corps.
In March 1970, Jackson, Charles Tweedy and Jim Beech formed the law firm of Tweedy, Jackson and Beech, which is now known as Jackson, Fikes, Hood and Brakefield.
Jasper attorney Richard Fikes said Jackson was well thought of by his clients, many of whom he represented for decades. He said Jackson was also appreciated for his professionalism and devotion to his clients.
The Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award at Cumberland School of Law was endowed in 2005 in his honor.
Jackson was an active member of First Baptist Church in Jasper for the past 78 years and had taught Sunday School for the last 61 years.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nell Reed Jackson; his daughter, Janet Jackson Faught and her husband, Eddie Faught, of Atlanta; his son, Eddie Jackson and his wife, Ann Jackson, of Jasper; his grandchildren, Jennifer Faught, David Faught, Reed Jackson and John Bankhead; and his great granddaughters, Julia, Scarlet, Lulah and Hollis.
Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church in Jasper with the funeral service beginning at noon. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Jackson, Eddie Faught, Richard Fikes, Jim Brakefield, Jud Allen and Justin Green.
Jackson’s Sunday school class will serve as honorary pallbearers.