Right Field Dedication to #6 Jackson Williams

If you look out into right field at the Wiley Warren Baseball Field at Broughton High School this spring, you’ll see a simple and elegant number six banner gracing the wall. The banner is in honor of Jackson Williams, class of 2014, who graced right field himself, for many years.

Jackson died over Christmas in 2016. His former teammates promptly gathered together and made the decision to find a meaningful way to honor Jackson’s memory. They could not have thought of a more appropriate tribute, and Jackson’s family cannot thank them enough.  Baseball served a very important role in Jackson’s life, as it has for so many players over the years. It taught him discipline, respect, humility, patience and drive. It gave him a focus that is so critical for boys of this age.

Jackson was a kind, gentle, steadfast young man who lived every single day with purpose. His family is extremely thankful for the prayers, love, and kindness that has been shown to them, and they know Jackson’s kind and gentle presence is missed by so many. A simple way to honor Jackson would be to live each day with a heart filled with goodness.

You may also want to consider making a donation to the John Jackson Williams Endowed Scholarship that has been established at NC State University, Jackson’s alma mater. Checks can be made payable to NC Textile Foundation with “John Jackson Williams Scholarship” written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to NC Textile Foundation, Campus Box 8301, Raleigh, NC  27695-8301. If you have questions, please call 919-515-3878, the Foundation staff is happy to assist. Because of this named scholarship, Jackson will always be in our hearts and minds. Jackson will be peacefully laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.