Knox County mourns the passing of a personality many remember for various reasons throughout his life.
Homer Lee Jackson, 94, passed away at his home last week, just a few months after the passing of his beloved wife, Virginia, whom he wed in 1947.
Homer Lee was many things to Knox County. Among those, he is remembered as a magistrate, two-term County Judge, and radio personality.
Former Knox County Property Valuation Administrator Bill Oxendine reminisced about Homer Lee’s personality and work ethic as a servant of the people. “He was an awful good fellow; he was a hard worker. What he got done as (county) judge, he got done well. He was not a wasteful spender. He was a good caretaker of the county’s money.”
When Homer Lee and Virginia moved back to Knox County after working in Lima, Ohio, he found work as a coal miner. He also played guitar and sang in a country music band. His musical talents landed him a career working for WBVL Radio, where he rose the ladder to station manager. His sign-on every morning at 5 a.m. is well-remembered by folks: “I’m Homer Lee and you know who you are.”
His career in radio landed him many honors, such as the ability to travel to Nashville where he interviewed country music legends Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and others.
If more modern generations didn’t know Homer Lee for his radio career or his political ventures, they surely knew him from the Daniel Boone Festival.
Knox County Clerk Mike Corey reflected on the show he sponsored for a number of years. “Homer Lee Jackson was a well-known Knox County community leader, best known for “Homer Lee’s Old Time Show at the Daniel Boone Festival.” The unique variety show lasted nearly 60 years until his last show during the 2009 Daniel Boone Festival.
In addition to serving as a lifetime member of the Daniel Boone Festival Committee, he was honored as their “Man of the Year” in 1980, and was honored as Grand Marshal in 2004. He also served the community with the Cumberland Valley Area Development District for over 35 years.
A complete obituary for Homer Lee is available in this issue of The Mountain Advocate on page B4.