According to reports, one of the beneficiaries of the annual soccer fundraiser, held each December to provide comfort and financial support for local Atlanta families that will be missing a parent for the first time over the holiday period is the family of a well-loved soccer-loving teacher who died on August 11, 2021.
Part of the proceeds of the well-loved soccer fundraiser will go to the family of Brian K. Jackson who began his career as a lawyer but ended up as a teacher for 19 years at Woodward Academy. Jackson was a long-time History teacher at the said educational institution where he is well-loved by his students.
With his death, Jackson left behind his wife of 19 years, Gina Calloway, 3 daughters-Angelena, Siena, Gisele Jackson, his mother and father-Doris Jackson and Joseph Jackson, step-father- Bernard Coachman, sisters-Kelly McCray, Carmen Dean, Tia Jackson, sister cousin-Barbara Raines, brothers-Kenneth Jackson, who preceded him in death, Malcolm and Peter Jackson and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
The organizers of the 2021 Father Christmas Cup want to ease the pain of the family left behind by Jackson by offering them comfort and some financial aid from this widely popular soccer fundraiser.
Sources said Jackson’s daughter plays soccer on the same team as Stevie Renwick’s daughter Riley which is coached by Campbell Chapman.
The Jackson family is also a big part of the local soccer community.
In this year’s edition of the Father Christmas Cup,
Campbell’s team has a league game in the afternoon on December 11th, with a 30 min 8 v 8 squad game in Jackson’s honor at 10.30 am at the Stadium Field A. The team will also be present for the Memorial ceremony at 11.30 am with the family.
The United Foundation is a platinum sponsor of the annual soccer fundraiser held each December.
Aside from fun and games, the event will also memorialize those active in our soccer community that has passed within the previous 12 months.
The Atlanta Silverbacks organization has been a long-time sponsor of the event, generously donating field space to host both a youth and adult soccer tournament.
Since this worthwhile event began, funds are generated from player participation donations, a sponsored player shirt, raffle proceeds, private donations made through the Father Christmas Cup website, and donations on the day of the event itself.
Sergeant Clinton A. Martin, Sr. was born October 9, 1978 in Tacoma, Washington. His parents are Gordon Ray Martin, Sr. and Annie Marie (Lewis) Martin. Clinton (known by many as “Clint”) grew up in a traditional military family and graduated from Kadena High School, Okinawa, Japan, in 1997. Immediately following high school, Clinton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he honorably served his country from 1997 to 2002 and obtained the rank of Sergeant. Clinton acquired a Bachelor’s degree in in Criminal Justice from Chattahoochee Technical College in 2009.
Clinton married his wife, Maria Ibanez, on June 8, 2008 in Marietta, GA. To their union are three beautiful children, Roselyn, Clinton, Jr. and Leah. Clinton was employed as a Police Officer for Kennesaw State University for 3 years prior to joining the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety in 2009. Clinton’s career with Alpharetta included Road Patrol, SWAT Negotiator, Field Training Officer and recently being promoted to Sergeant. While employed with Alpharetta, Clinton received numerous commendations from citizens and from his department, as well as a Chief’s Coin in 2020.
Clinton is survived by his wife Maria Martin; their three children, Roselyn Martin, Clinton Martin, Jr. and Leah Martin; his parents, Gordon Sr. and Annie Martin; his siblings Tamika Anthony-Obi, Gordon Ray Martin, Jr., Andre L. Martin, Geordon R. Martin, Ernest Pullom, Antonio Martin, and Leonard Pullom, and a host of in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, friends and coworkers.
Thank you so much for honoring my late husband this means so much to us there is no words to describe how grateful we are.
Devin Cole was someone who enjoyed his time as a referee. He started in soccer when he volunteered to coach his son’s soccer team. He then went on to follow his sons in their love of being a referee. He wanted to help everyone. He consistently worked to improve himself and help others. He believed in focusing on fitness and working hard to go faster and farther. He worked as a referee with many of the local soccer clubs. He often chose to referee over other activities. He worked as a Global Services Manager for Neles where he also worked hard to improve the company and enjoyed working with his coworkers. He entered rest on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 after he suffered a brain aneurysm at the age of 45. He was happily married to his wife Anita and enjoyed spending time with his sons, Noah and Aiden.
As a referee, he always started with a pregame, asked for improvements at halftime, and looked to others with more experience to guide him to improve. He loved to work with new referees and wanted to be a guide for others to help them improve. He always set goals for himself to work hard and do more, from reffing high school to MLS next to traveling to other states for tournaments. He was always looking to help those Assignor’s who were in need of referees and help coaches and players improve their play and understanding of the game. He lived his life to the fullest, traveling, working as a referee, working and spending time with his family. He was grateful to be a part of Georgia Soccer. Devin was selected as Georgia Soccer’s Referee of the year for 2020.
BRIAN K. JACKSON was born September 29, 1969 to Doris Jackson and Joseph Jackson in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Sullivan High, University of Iowa for both his undergrad and for Law School. His career began as a lawyer until he discovered teaching and never looked back. Brian was married to Gina Calloway on June 29, 2002.
Brian was a loving father and brother and to all those close to him. He was very dedicated to his students during his 19-year service as a teacher in the History dept. at Woodward Academy. He loved all types of music, especially Prince. His musical hobbies included playing electric bass and guitar. He thoroughly enjoyed playing tennis during the past years and considered his tennis mates extended family.
His eldest daughter, Angie wants everyone to know that she will miss spending time with her Dad; watching movies, riding on his motorcycle (without Mom’s permission), laying on his chest when she had a bad day, playing spades and dominoes. Most of all, she misses him just being here.
His 2nd daughter, Siena wants everyone to know that her dad taught her how to swim, ride a bike, and to do taxes, among other things. She loved the ‘Daddy/daughter days’ they had together going to the movies and eating out after. She’ll never forget all the life lessons he taught her.
His third daughter, Gisele, wants everyone to know that her dad taught her how to cook, how to take care of the house and how to be polite. He thought of her as his helper because she would help him find things like his glasses, even when they were already on his head. She would teach him tik-tok dances, which he would try to learn.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 19 years, Gina Calloway, 3 daughters- Angelena, Siena, and Gisele Jackson; his mother and father-Doris Jackson and Joseph Jackson, step-father- Bernard Coachman, sisters-Kelly McCray, Carmen Dean, Tia Jackson, sister cousin-Barbara Raines, brothers-Kenneth Jackson, who preceded him in death, Malcolm and Peter Jackson and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. Brian Keith entered eternal rest suddenly on August 11, 2021.
Brian’s daughter Angie is a lifelong youth player and currently plays her club soccer for GSA Girls U17 ECNL team.
Tom Kenworthy was a pioneer and an innovator in Georgia youth soccer in the 1970s and early 80’s. He recruited before there were Select, OD or Club teams, scouring the metro Atlanta area for talented players for his team, and oftentimes providing “Tom K shuttle service” picking them up for practice and dropping them back home afterwards. He actively sought out-of-town competition before the advent of “travel soccer.” He would find teams in other Georgia towns, out of state locales and nationally recognized tournaments so that his team always had the highest level of competition.
He built a powerhouse youth team called “the Cougars” that compiled a record that few have seen before or since, winning 100+ games, multiple state championships, one state runner-up finish, innumerable league and tournament championships, and placing third in the Southeastern Regional Tournament, only losing to the eventual national champion. He didn’t just rely on recruited talent. Where Tom K. really flourished was developing talent. Anyone can recruit talent; few can develop it and even fewer can build a team around it. Tom Kenworthy did all three. Through his team newsletters, one-on-one coaching, off-season tailored instruction, and mentoring, he developed talent. He built a massive kick-board in his front yard that his players used to sharpen their skills. The front lawn on his house was always worn down to a dirt patch from 2v2 and 3v3 games that were played there all times of the year and all who played there remember the threat of mortal injury posed by the Kenworthy’s Yucca plant. You were always one good shoulder-to-shoulder away from impalement on the Yucca bush. It was sad to see the yard finally sodded and the kickboard taken down, but Tom knew his work was done and that his wife, Suzan, deserved to finally have a nice yard and a view unobstructed by a 8×12’ wooden kickboard.
By the time Tom passed the Cougar’s coaching whistle to another coach, he had made a lifelong impact on his players. He was a great coach, a great mentor, and a second father to many on his team. His players went on to very successful soccer careers in high school and college. Eight of the eleven starters on the 1984 Lakeside High School Men’s State Runner-up team played for Tom Kenworthy. Even in high school, you could hear Tom K’s sonorous voice coming from the stands and coaching his old players to victory. Forty years later, five of Tom K’s players are still playing in the Silverbacks league, albeit at a slightly slower pace.
We lost Tom Kenworthy this year, but we will never lose the lasting legacy he had on Georgia soccer and the incredible impact he had on the lives of his beloved Cougar players.
Karla Paola Richmond, 43, of Marietta, GA passed away peacefully on Friday, March 5, 2021, at home with her family. She was born Sunday, July 3rd, 1977, in Trujillo, Peru along with 3 other siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 19 years; Rafael, daughter; Isabella, son; Jose, son; Javier, and son; Mateo. She loved spending time with her family and had a very loving and kind soul. Faith, Family and Friends were what she lived for. She was someone who truly cared for everyone around her. Her passion was her family life and thoroughly enjoyed watching her kids play soccer. May she be with us Always and Forever. A Mass service will be held Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 4:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 87 Lacy St NW, Marietta, GA 30060. The family kindly asks that in lieu of flowers; contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Catholic Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. www.pancan.org. Arrangements by Southern Cremations & Funerals.
Paola’s children have been playing soccer since kiddie kickers and soccer has been a part of the family from the beginning. With her cancer diagnosis and the pandemic, Paola often voiced how much she missed her “soccer weekends” the most. All the games, the drives, the hectic mornings of trying to get 4 kids ready was a big part of the family’s life. And don’t forget practices spread out over 3 different parks. The minivan was nicknamed “The Richmond Family Soccer Mobile”. Paola just enjoyed watching the kids play and growing up. Only 1 kid is currently playing soccer due to cost and logistics on getting to practice and games. I hope the 2 at Lakeside will try to play at school if they desire to do so. Their Dad played all his life up to about 22 to 25 and Paola was from Peru and enjoyed watching the USA compete and also Peru.
Chris Rountree & Libby Roundtree By Erica Rountree
Chris Rountree, age 53, and his beloved daughter Libby, 17, of Marietta, were killed by a wrong-way driver in a car accident on June 26, 2021, in Dublin, Georgia. Chris and his wife, Erica, have another wonderful daughter, Cate, who is 20.
Chris and Erica are from Florida, and they lived in Marietta since they were first married in 1995. He was a civil engineer and worked for C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. for 26 years. Libby was a rising senior at Lassiter High School, where she was a straight-A student and loved dearly by her tight-knit group of friends.
Libby started playing soccer around the age of 4 or 5 for her church league. She played for Rush, NASA Tophat and her high school team at Lassiter. At an early age, a great coach told her she was made to be a defender with her back to the keeper, and she played that position throughout her soccer career. She was gifted at seeing the whole field, making smart passes, protecting her keeper and staying cool under pressure. It was a rare occurrence, but her dad said she played her best when she got mad on the pitch. It took a whole lot to make her mad, usually seeing a teammate hurt or treated unfairly. She thought of every soccer team she was on as a little family, and the thing she loved most about soccer were the friendships.
Chris and Erica rarely missed one of Libby’s games, and they took great pleasure in cheering her on and watching her play in every kind of weather. Their game chairs were worn thin.
Chris was a soccer player himself as a kid, and he took a strong interest in his daughter’s development. They bonded over dissecting the game afterward and talking about ways to improve her play. Libby was incredibly coachable and a devoted team player. When she made the LHS soccer team in 9th grade, Chris volunteered to announce the home games and loved the birds-eye view of the action. They both became certified to become club soccer referees, and they worked games together. Chris’ interest in refereeing grew to a point that he became certified to ref local high school games and loved doing that the year before he died. Like his daughter, he was always looking for ways to improve himself and took on the often-difficult job of the referee with humility, grace and enthusiasm.
Outside of soccer, Chris and Libby also shared a love of the outdoors. He took both of his daughters hiking often and the three of them accomplished hiking the entire Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. We are grateful for all the memories that we have as a family, and so many of them revolve around soccer.