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Dr. Herman B. Jackson was born October 9, 1952 in Youngstown, Ohio to Herman and Louise Jackson. He was the third of four children. He resided in Hubbard, Ohio and graduated from Hubbard High School in 1970.
Herman graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1974. After graduating from Miami University, he played in the World Football League as a linebacker for the Memphis Southmen in Memphis, Tennessee and retired after suffering an ankle injury.
In 1975, Herman married Lenora Mayo; from this union came one son and one step-daughter.
He began his teaching career 1975 in Hernando County, Florida. Upon returning to Youngstown, he worked as an Adult Parole Officer for the State of Ohio. He was also a physical education and health teacher for the Youngstown City School System for some time.
Affectionately known as “Coach”, he served as Head Football Coach for North High School from 1977 to 1980 and East High School from 1980-1990.
On March 18, 1984, Herman met Beryl Harris. Four months later, on July 7, 1984 they were married. This was a marriage truly ordained by God. Two children were born to this union.
Herman grew up in the church. He accepted the Lord as a young adult. He was ordained as an Elder in Ohio North Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ under Bishop R.S. Fields on July 28, 1986.
Elder Jackson served as an associate minister from 1984 to 1987 at Jefferson Community COGIC, where his father in law, Superintendent James Harris, was the pastor.
He also served as an associate minister at Bibleland COGIC, Hubbard, OH for a short time before becoming an associate minister and chairman of the trustee board at Ebenezer COGIC, Youngstown, OH in 1987 and then Assistant Pastor under Pastor C.E. Kirkland in 1992. He also was appointed and served as the District Evangelist of the Youngstown - Warren District.
In 1989, Herman served as the Assistant Principal at Stambaugh Transitional
School and became Assistant Principal at Rayen High School where he worked from 1990 to 1993. During his time as assistant principal, he also attended Youngstown State University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, graduating in 1993.
Coach Jackson was the Assistant Football Coach for Youngstown State University from 1990 to 1993 under Head Coach, Jim Tressel. Also while residing in Youngstown, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Youngstown Education Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the McGuffey Center in Hubbard, OH and as a member of the State of Ohio Police Review Board.
In 1993, Herman and his family moved to Brownsville, Pennsylvania as he continued working in the field of education. He served as the principal of Redstone Middle School for 2 years and principal of Brownsville Area High School for 4 years, becoming the first black public school administrator in Southwest Pennsylvania.
Herman received his Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He then served as Superintendent of Jefferson Morgan School District in Greene County and then Superintendent of Bethlehem Center School District in Fredericktown, Pennsylvania before retiring in 2006.
He also served three terms with the Board of Control Executive Committee WPIAL and was a member of the Brownsville Revitalization Committee.
Dr. Jackson served as an associate minister at Uniontown COGIC, Uniontown, PA from 1993 to 1997. During this time he was appointed as Chairman of the Elders and Ministers Council of the McKeesport District under Bishop James Myles Foster.
In January 1997, Elder Jackson was installed as Pastor of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Brownsville, PA where he served as Pastor for 17 years.
In 2015, Pastor Jackson and his wife became members of Gate of Heaven Church of God In Christ in Monessen, PA where he served as an associate minister.
Dr. Jackson loved God and loved talking to people. Wherever he went, he would always find someone to talk to and before the conversation was over, he would have them thinking about God and their relationship with Him or need for a relationship.
Dr. Herman B. Jackson departed this life on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
Dr. Jackson was preceded in death by his father, Herman Jackson and his mother Louise Adams Jackson.
Dr. Jackson was a loving and devoted husband and father. He leaves to cherish his
memory his wife of 39 years, Beryl and three children: Herman Brian Jackson, Forest County, PA; Brittny Janiecee Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA; Isaiah Thomas (Tiffany) Jackson, Monroeville, PA; stepdaughter, Chandra Mayo, Columbus, OH; daughter in law, Vonique Jackson, three sisters: Elizabeth Jackson, Hubbard, OH; Edith Jackson, Mineral Ridge, OH; Carla Jackson, Charlotte, NC; ten grandchildren: Michalah, Izabella, Chandler, Jeremiah, Olivia, Yana, Tyjzae, Heaven, Ashleigh, Haley; one great-granddaughter: Mylah; godson: Xavier Daniels and a host of relatives and friends.