George Durant (Sonny) Jackson Jr. died on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, at his home in West Tisbury, surrounded by his wife Geraldine A. (Gibson) Jackson and his children, Glenn Jackson and Cathy Merrill. He was 84.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown officiated by the Rev. Terry Martinson with military honors provided by the Veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ and Girls’ Club, P.O. Box 654, Edgartown, MA 02539; the Federated Church, P.O. Box 249, Edgartown, MA 02539; or Hope Health Hospice, P.O. Box 4188, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. For online guest book and information visit A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Gazette.