Leroy E. Jackson, 65, of Asbury Park, NJ passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. He was born in Astoria, NY on March 28, 1956 to Robert L. Sr., (a.k.a. Stonewall Jackson) who was a professional boxer, and Pearl Jackson.
Leroy was the sixth oldest child of 12 siblings and youngest of 5 boys born to Mr. and Mrs. Jackson. These 5 boys were musically inclined liked their 5 other counterparts from Gary, IN who shared the same last name. So much so, that in 1973 they too formed a family singing group. Since the “Jackson 5” moniker had been utilized, they decided to call themselves “The Brother’s Five,” and performed many live shows across the Tri-state Area as well as the infamous Apollo Theater in New York City. In the early 1990’s, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson relocated to Asbury Park, NJ and Leroy followed shortly thereafter.
Leroy was a man’s man. He had a very strong and confident personality which commanded attention when he walked into a room. But underneath that tough exterior was a man who had a heart of gold. He was very fond of the gym but loved his suits just a little bit more.
Leroy was a sharp dresser. He would not step out to greet the public without his outfit, shoes and accessories being color coordinated or with his hair out of place. While his love for his physic and fashion were elevated, they did not overshadow the love he had for his children. On April 30, 1980, he became a proud father to his first daughter, LaToya who was born in Queens, NY. And on October 1, 1996, in Neptune NJ, he welcomed his second daughter, LeAndra, into the world.
As time passed, Leroy grew in his faith and his standing within his community. He loved the Lord and being a Christ follower. Leroy sang in the choir and was a longtime member of the Good Hope Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ. At the time of his transition, he was employed as a Security Specialist at Universal Allied Security and The Center in Asbury Park, NJ. Leroy was not only a member and employee of these two organizations, but he served as a leader, mentor, and great friend within the entire Asbury Park community.
Leroy is predeceased by his parents, Robert Sr., and Pearl Jackson; his brothers, Robert Jr. (Bobby), Kenny, Anthony; and sister Beverly.
He is survived by his two daughters, LaToya Cleveland of Benton, LA, and LeAndra Jackson of Neptune, NJ; granddaughters, Jada and Tyla Stewart of Benton, LA; brothers, Melvin Jackson of Staten Island, NY, and Morris (Eddie) Jackson of Queens, NY; sisters, Gloria Jackson of Staten Island, NY, Patricia Mosley of Willingboro, NJ, Rhonda Lewis of Bethlehem, PA, Robin Maynard of Atlanta GA, and Sondra Oates of Schenectady, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.