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Celebrating the life of

Kevin (Catfish) Jackson

June 02, 1961 - April 04, 2024

 Kevin (Catfish) Jackson

There is absolutely no doubt that Kevin “Catfish” Jackson intentionally made the world a much better place. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren was infinite. The person Kevin loved best in this world was his wife Libby, whom he affectionately called his best friend and “The Family Oak”.  He and Libby faithfully reared their children Elizabeth, Kev, and Mary Margaret and loved their spouses Tyler, Kate, and Thomas like their very own. Kevin thanked God daily for his children and eight grandchildren, and he was immensely proud of his family. 

Kevin was born on June 2, 1961, in Rome, Georgia to the late June and Richard Jackson of Carterville, Georgia. Kevin graduated from Carterville High School and attended the University of Georgia where he was a three-year letterman on the University Georgia Football Team under Coach Vince Dooley and Coach Erk Russell.  He was a member of the 1980 National Championship Football Team, the 1982 and 1983 Southeastern Conference Championship Teams and voted co-captain of the 1983 team.  He received the prestigious Wallace Butts Award, an honor awarded to an outstanding football athlete “That pays the price”.  In 1984, Jackson was a graduate assistant coach under Vince Dooley’s Cotton Bowl Championship Team. He was also a member of the Lambda Chi Fraternity. Kevin was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, golfing and loved sharing his many passions with friends and family, and especially a good joke or two, or three.

Locally, he served on several boards, United Community Bank, Bethesda Academy, CURE, Savannah Technical College and the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where he was also the chairman. He was an Honorary Sheriff sworn in officially by Sheriff John Wilcher.  He enjoyed his many affiliations with other members of all those boards, as well as, the Rotary Club of Savannah and other charitable, civic and business groups.  

He received numerous awards over the years such as The Savannah State Award of Excellence for Noteworthy Entrepreneurship, The Sheriff’s Award of Excellence, The Savannah Business Hall of Fame Junior Achievement Award, and Dancing with The Stars “People’s Choice Award” for Alzheimers.

He was a member of The Oglethorpe Club, The Savannah Golf Club, The Chatham Club, The Century Club (Board Member), The Cotillion Club, The Sage Valley Golf Club, and The Gridiron Secret Society.

Kevin was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Economic Development Board, The Lottery Board and The Georgia Ports Authority Board, and he was appointed to the Department of Natural Resources Board in 2023 by Governor Brian Kemp. 

Richard Kevin Jackson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EnviroVac Holdings, LLC., the southeast’s premier provider of industrial cleaning and Environmental services. Jackson founded the company in May, 1999 with four employees.  His leadership and passion have become benchmarks for his tenure at the helm of the company that now employs over 800 employees.  

Additionally, Kevin was very impactful to so many and was dedicated to making a difference in his community with involvement in several of the following organizations, CURE for Childhood Cancer, The Alzheimer’s Association, Bethesda Academy, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Gallant Few, Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Southern University, Habitat for Humanity, Heritage Foundation, Kids & Pros Football Camp, AMBUCS, Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, Savannah Feed the Hungry, The United Way, The University of Georgia, The 200 Club, The Pollack Family Foundation, and Savannah Christian Preparatory  School.

Kevin left to be with his Lord and Savior on April 4, 2024. He is survived by Libby, his wife and soulmate of over 40 years, his children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Tyler Sumner, Kev and Kate Jackson, Mary Margaret and Thomas Cone and eight precious grandchildren, Jackson, Baker, Field, Trip, Sara Collins, Will, Luke, and #8, along with several nieces and nephews.

Kevin “Catfish” Jackson lived large, but loved even larger. He was a one in a million man, and he was truly “Bigger than Life” and without question, it was a life well lived and a life full of happiness, of laughter and of love. He will be sadly missed by many.

Kevin’s funeral will be held at Christ Church Episcopal, 28 Bull Street on April 9, at 2:00pm with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Savannah Golf Club, 1661 East President Street.

There will be a private family burial at Bulldog Haven in Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia.

The family request that remembrances be sent to anyone of the charities listed above that Kevin was associated with throughout his life.




Lobby and family, I had the pleasure of knowing Kevin and working along side his Primary Care physician for many years. He was a man that lit up a room even when he felt the lowest, always asking how you are and caring, he was full of energy and gentle kindness is what he always showed me. I thought of him like a big teddy bear. My heart feels your pain, I am so very sorry for your loss. Truly a wonderful man.

- Dianna Flagella, Savannah, Ga

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- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Ga.

Kevin would always greet you with a smile and a handshake. He was one of a kind in many ways and will be missed by many. God bless

- John K Wlliams, Richmond Hill, GA

Kevin will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The Jackson family Remains in my thoughts and prayers.

- Gail Brown , Savannah, Georgia

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Praying for Libby and the family. He truly was larger than life and will be missed by many. Luke 23:43 “And he said to him, 'Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'”

- Dee Bishop, Cartersville, GA

Libby and family, I’m so sorry and sad for your loss. Anyone that ever knew Kevin can feel the void that’s left after losing him. George and I loved him and enjoyed our time spent with y’all. My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

- Susan Yawn, Watkinsville, GA

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Catfish. I will cherish the many memories we shared in Cartersville and Athens.

- Hal & Suzanne Hatfield , Cartersville , Georgia

Libby and family, thank you for sharing Catfish with the community. He brought so much love and laughter to so many. He sincerely lived life Large. Summer 500 would have never been the success that it was without the involvement of Catfish. I am so grateful that God allowed our paths to cross. He was so kind to my entire family. We will miss him but Savannah is a better place because Kevin "Catfish" Jackson passed our way. You will continue to be in our prayers. Carol, Joe and Joey Bell

- Carol, Joe and Joey Bell, Savannah, Georgia

Miss Libby and family , we send our love and prayers to y’all from my family at The Butchers Block, we always loved serving y’all and Kevin and myself became friends. I will miss him . Go Dawgs! He would say ever time he came to shop!

- Roy White, Guyton , Ga

Our Deepest Sympathies to the Jackson Family!

- Sforzo, Alpharetta, GA

Libby, Elizabeth, and family, We are truly saddened by this news. Kevin was larger than life, not only in presence, but his generosity was even bigger. Honored to know him. Fly high Catfish.

- The Roches, Savannah, GA

What a wonderful tribute to a very deserving man. Although I never got to meet "catfish" in person ,my father, who passed away in February 2021 talked about him often and I felt like I knew him. They served on the Georgia Ports Authority together and my dad considered him a special friend. Please know my whole family is thinking of you. James A Walters Family.


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I only got to know Kevin briefly, during the production of the recent television commercial for St. Joseph's Candler. But I felt like I had had made a great friend during that time, and I am so sorry that relationship cannot develop. And I understand the huge void that the loss of a great person like Kevin leaves. I feel a bit better knowing that Kevin lived more in his sixty-some years than any 3 other people that I've met. He got it all in, and left this world at his peak. I have lots of out-take footage of Catfish from that shoot that I can give you if you would like it. He was absolutely bigger than life that entire day and there are some great moments on video.

- brian j bennett, Whitefish Bay, WI

Sorry to hear of Catfish’s passing. He was a fun guy to be around . I enjoyed his laughter and love of the Ga bulldogs! He wil be sorely missed. God bless you all. Love , Pat Collins- UGA team mate

- Pat Collins, Thomson, Ga

My sincere condolences for your sorrow.

- June Titus, Thomasville, GA

Libby, Kev, Elizabeth and Mary Margaret, We love you all so much. We loved Kevin. He touched all of us with his love, strength, friendship and leadership. The world has lost a champion. God must of needed him at his right hand. Our thoughts prayers are with you. Love, The Danellos

- Danello’s. , Savannah, Georgia

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- Danello Family, Savannah, Georgia

Please accept my condolences and prayers in the coming days. UGA D-line teammate.

- Marshall Welsh, Batesville, Mississippi

Our family sends heartfelt condolences and prayers to your family at this time of loss. Kevin was truly a “larger than life personality” who could always light up a room. He loved his family and friends with a huge heart! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him!!

- Sam Waites and Tracy Jordan, Hoschton, GA

All the great times with the Jackson family at Kevs , Elizabeth and Mary Margarett sports events

- Michael G. Gay, Pembroke, Ga.

Libby, You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that I was able to baby sit for you when the kids were young. You and Kevin made me feel like a part of the family. He was truly a wonderful person.

- Andee V Dicola, Savannah, GA

Libby, You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I am glad that I was able to baby sit for you when the kids were young. You and Kevin made me feel like a part of the family. He was truly a wonderful person.

- Andee V Dicola, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Kevin was such a kind person who never met a stranger.

- Ijon and Susie Webb, Springfield , GA

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My Sincerest Condolences to the Jackson Family

- Chuck Clemens, Pooler, GA

Libby , Elizabeth , Kev , Mary Margaret , My sincere condolences to you all for your loss . Libby Kevin was such a true Disciple through all of his many accomplishments ! He left a legacy not only in his children and grandchildren but in so many hearts and souls of people that he touched . Kevin was a giant among men and God must be so pleased ! What wonderful memories we have of this incredible man . I truly feel your heartbreak because our family lost our hero, my husband David 4 years ago at 63 years old . May God show you love , mercy , and peace as you navigate the days to come . Love in Christ , Diane Shuman

- Diane Shuman, Savannah, GA

Libby , Elizabeth , Kev , Mary Margaret , My sincere condolences to you all for your loss . Libby Kevin was such a true Disciple through all of his many accomplishments ! He left a legacy not only in his children and grandchildren but in so many hearts and souls of people that he touched . Kevin was a giant among men and God must be so pleased ! What wonderful memories we have of this incredible man . I truly feel your heartbreak because our family lost our hero, my husband David 4 years ago at 63 years old . May God show you love , mercy , and peace as you navigate the days to come . Love in Christ , Diane Shuman

- Diane Shuman, Savannah, GA

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Condolences to the Jackson family. Kevin was a servant leader who believed in uplifting everyone around him. He was also a role model to so many. He is missed but his devotion lives on in everyone he touched.

- Chris Middleton, Savannah, Ga

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The Wheeler Family is so truly sorry for your loss. Kevin was like a brother to Todd. He was highly respected by Sarah Beth and Mary Katherine. We made some wonderful memories with all of you. We are lifting each of you up in our most sincere thoughts and prayers. Libby, Elizabeth, Kev, Mary Margaret, we love you so much. Thank you for sharing Kevin with us. He will always be remembered for his love, servant leadership, compassion, and strong work ethic. May God give you peace and comfort during this time! Love, Todd, Pebbles, Sarah Beth, and Mary Katherine

- Frona P. Wheeler, SILVER CREEK, GA

Kevin and my wife met at the coffee shop she manages and they became good friends -- he had an impact on her life in just a short period of time- a true testament to the man he was. I regret not having met him-- we both wish you Gods peace and blessings as you navigate through his hard time

- wayne woodside, savannah, ga

As most of Kevin's friends believe that this life is a preparation for the next, we know that the biggest team Kevin plays for is Team Jesus. His spiritual gift of encouragement to us was as amazing. As his family and friends mourn today, tomorrow, let us be encouraged that Kevin is playing first string in Heaven for Jesus.

- Dawson Long, Savannah, GA

I just found out today about Coach Kevin,I'm am truly sorry for your loss,I was blessed to have known him, what a huge loss for us all here in Savannah.Im so sorry Kev, Mary Margaret and Elizabeth and family.My prayers are with you all!

- Mrs Sandi Morgan (miss Sandi), Garden City, Ga

Again , my thoughts & Prayers are, have been & will continue to be with you all each & everyday. I want to as well say that my prayers are with the beautiful grandchildren ! I wish I had some magical words that would make your sorrow vanish , your questions answered to the why's? God Knows , may he help you along each day ! You all are great strong people blessed with your dad's,( grandad ,husband friend & so much more) unconditional love. Your memories will forever live on . Live each day as he did, because he would want nothing less!

- Kelly A Clemens, Bloomingdale, GA

Coach Jackson was such a tremendous role model to my brother and me throughout high school. I am forever grateful for his advice, leadership, and generosity. The game of football taught me so many valuable life lessons through the guidance of Coach J. I’ll always remember him as a leader of men and a true role model. Our condolences to all of the Jacksons

- John and Anna Burke, Mountain Brook, AL

I had the pleasure to be around and play under Kevin Jackson during my high school years at Savannah Christian Prep School. Coach Jackson was a lightning rod of a man. His attitude, energy and passion for the game were infectious to every one he came across. Jackson was a tough, but fair coach. He wanted everyone to be the best version of themselves, which was evident with how he pushed us hard on the field and in the weight room. He was also privy to flashing his hardware from his days as a UGA athlete to us kids, not as a brag, but as a symbol of what we could accomplish if we put our all into it. Not only did he whip us into form on the field, he shaped many of us off the field too. Some of my fondest memories of Coach Jackson come from what our team would colloquially call "Team Night". Maybe not the most creatively named, but this jovial event would occur on Thursday nights during the season and would serve as a respite from the week's grueling practices. The food, often provided by Jackson himself, was good, but the greatest part was the fellowship. Stories were shared, jokes were told and lessons were conveyed. It's here where Coach Jackson, as well as the other coaches, would let their guards down for a few hours and invite us into their faith with pointed parables and speeches. It was a time to bond not only as a team, but as human beings. It is unfortunate that I did not get to spend much time with Coach Jackson post-graduation, but if I've learned anything in my admittedly short time on this planet, it's that God and the universe guide you to cross paths with those you need at a certain points in your own journey. Looking back, the four years I spent around Coach feel like a passing glance, but during that time he showed me many things. How to work and carry yourself like a champion. How you should be charitable to those around you. How to embrace your passions and live life passionately. These lessons, and others, certainly imprinted on an impressionable teen going through a tough time in his life. You never get to spend as long as you want, or feel you deserve, with someone, but their impact resonates long after you part ways. So while our time was short, and I am forever grateful for everything Coach Jackson said to and did for me. I wish to, on behalf of my mother and I, extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to Coach Jackson's family and friends. The world lost a great man, undeniably devout in his faith and passionate about his family and Georgia Bulldogs. Words cannot heal the hurt you must be feeling, but just know his memory will be celebrated long into the future. May he Rest In Power. -Joshua Garland

- The Garlands, Savannah, GA

I knew Mr. Kevin through my Dad, Bennett Craft. They have been friends for many years. I think they bonded over their love for UGA football! Kevin was a good man to know and a good friend to have. I know you know that based on all the articles, posts on facebook, and the comments posted. I have been thinking of your family and how this has left a huge void in your hearts. You are so blessed to have so so many pictures, videos, articles, and memories to look back on. He was so loved and admired in this community and all across the state of GA. I am so sorry for your loss.

- Randi (Craft) Kozlowski, Savannah, GA

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Libby, Kev & family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked for Kevin from 2001-2008 in Aurora. Always loved when y’all joined Kevin on his trips to Aurora. He was a good man & boss. Really enjoyed working for his & his company. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

- Laura & Coley Jordan, Aurora, NC

Heaven is more fun with Catfish in the sky. I am a sorry for y’all’s loss.

- Rena Ann Peck, Atlanta, GA

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I am sorry to hear of his passing and your loss. He was very close to his family here in Cartersville,GA from the time he was born until he graduated from UGA. To this day, we still share countless family stories about him among us with love, admiration, and smiles on our faces. He meant a lot to everyone he met, and I'm happy to see that followed him as he established himself and began growing his family there in Savannah. His loss is deeply felt, whether it began on April 4th of this year for some of you, or well over 30 years ago for some of us here, especially me, my brother Joey, and my father Joe. We never tired of hearing of his accomplishments and meeting his family from time to time when the occasion arose. We took great pride in everything he did, knowing where he began and where he ended up, it is truly an inspiration to all, and a life well lived. He is still revered as the most successful member of our family, followed by our uncle Ray, and uncle Gene, who also took great pride in him. It is my wish that God bless and grant peace to Libby, Elizabeth, Lil Kev, Mary Margaret, and their spouses and children, and to comfort and guide them in their time of need.

- Thad Thacker, Cartersville, GA

I am so very sorry for your loss. May God grant each of you His perfect peace during the time of sadness. Always remember that his greatest accomplisment was his love for and commitment to his family!

- Ginny Borders, Saint Simons Island, GA

Honoring your sadness, celebrating a life well-lived, and wishing you warm memories and peace. - Regency Southern Care Hospice

- Lisa S.Carr, Statesboro , GA.

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held