Man who served as Montezuma councilman, Peach sheriff's investigator buried

Montezuma City Councilman and Peach County sheriff’s Capt. Cordel Jackson, 51, was laid to rest Thursday at Champ Waters Cemetery in Montezuma.

Jackson, head of investigations for the sheriff’s office since 2005, died March 21 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks.

“He was a real asset to this community,” Rooks said. “He had a lot of friends.”

A native of Montezuma, Jackson was elected to the Montezuma City Council in 1996. He was also a deacon at Magnolia Baptist Church in Montezuma.

“Cordel was one of those people who never met a stranger,” said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese.

Peach County sheriff’s Capt. Kenny Cameron said Jackson was a trusted friend who was always ready to help and saw the best in people.

A career law enforcement officer, Jackson first worked for the Montezuma Police Department. He joined the Peach County Sheriff’s Office in April 1986. He was a 1976 graduate of D.F. Douglas High School in Montezuma.