September 16
Dedication Ceremony for “Nelson Jackson Memorial Interchange” Held in Horry County on September 16

State and local leaders joined family members and friends of Nelson Jackson for the dedication ceremony of the “Nelson Jackson Memorial Interchange” in Horry County on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.

Acting upon a concurrent resolution passed by the General Assembly, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission unanimously approved naming the intersection of US Highway 17 Bypass and SC Highway 544 in Horry County the “Nelson Jackson Memorial Interchange” to “forever recognize the many contributions that Mr. Jackson made to our state and nation during his lifetime.”

Scheduled speakers at the ceremony included Dennis L. Wade, President and CEO of The Jackson Companies; South Carolina State Senator Luke Rankin, Chairman of the Horry County Legislative Delegation; Horry County Council Chairman Liz Gilland; SCDOT Commission Chairman Danny H. Isaac Jr., 1st Congressional District; John W. Williamson, III Chairman, The Jackson Companies; with invocation by the Reverend Dr. J. Kirk Lawton, Jr. Minister, Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Nelson Jackson was born in Tryon, NC, on Feb. 26, 1920, and died on February 1, 2010. He was the son of the late John Nelson and Laura Chapman Jackson. According to the resolution, “he was a 1942 graduate of Clemson College and served his country with honor and distinction as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II.”

In 1970, he moved to Myrtle Beach with his wife Mary Emily Platt Jackson to develop the Ocean Lakes Family Campground, the resolution noted. Ocean Lakes opened on July 2, 1971, with 30 campsites and one bathhouse. In 2010 it has expanded to 893 campsites and 2,554 annual leases.  Ocean Lakes is a four time recipient of the National “RV Park of the Year” award and was awarded the 2006 Governor’s Cup.

 Jackson served as a past member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Conway Hospital Board, Nations Bank Board, and was heavily involved in the development of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at Coastal Carolina University, according to the resolution.