A Washington, DC native, Vashon Cornell Jackson was born on November 2, 1949 to Almarian Stoakley Jackson and John Albert Jackson. Vashon graduated from Eastern High School. He matriculated to Norfolk State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and Finance in 1972 and an M.B.A in Finance from George Washington University in 1976. Vashon also served in the military, a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne. Vashon housed a true gift for numbers, evidenced in his professional capacities of Auditor in Charge for the Defense Contract Audit Agency and a Deputy Director, with Army Corp of Engineers from whom he retired.
Vashon was the quintessential family man. He adored “his girls” – Beverly whom he affectionately called “Jean,” Bev-Freda his “Monk” and Evmarian his “Evie.” His further adoration was bestowed upon his grandson Trey his ”Champ,” granddaughter Aria his “Lovebug” and grandson Xavier his “Ziggle.”
Committed to family and community, Vashon was member of New Mt. Zion, Church of God Holiness where he served on the Usher Board and as a member of the Sunday School. Vashon also served as trustee of the Williams School, in Norfolk, Virginia assuming the Board Presidency in 1996.
An avid fan of the Washington Football Team, following in his father’s tradition and support of the team, Vashon began attending games with his father in Griffith stadium and continued the tradition with his eldest daughter at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland. Vashon also had an avid love of music, and exceptional vocal talents with him participating in choral competitions touring with the Norfolk State University choir.
Vashon is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Beverly C. Jackson, two daughters Bev-Freda L. Jackson and Evmarian Jackson Cabey, three grandchildren, Myron Cabey III, Aria Cabey and Xavier Cabey, a sister Alecia Velma Jackson, a son from a prior marriage, Aaron Jackson, mother-in-law, Eva Charity, sister-in-law, Alfreda Charity, and brother-in-law Herman A. Charity (Laverne), in addition to a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.
Vashon’s legacy sorrowfully mourns his physical departure from this earth, missing his financial acumen, his love of sports, love of family and while often considered a man of few words his impactful presence, voice of reason, unconditional love, and overflowing kindness of deed, purpose and providing that will be tremendously missed.