Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., dead at 65

JR Motorsports

BRISTOL, Virginia (WCYB) - Brenda Jackson, mother of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has died from cancer at the age of 65, according to a report from JR Motorsports.

Jackson was married to Dale Earnhardt, Sr. in 1972 and had two children, Dale Jr. and Kelley. She was the daughter of NASCAR fabricator Robert Gee who built several stock cars for several drivers on the circuit in the 1960s and 1970s.

She re-married in 1985 and moved back to North Carolina and had recently been employed as an accountant at JR Motorsports. Jackson had worked there for 15 years.

"Known for her wit, charisma and unparalleled ability to cut to the heart of any matter, Jackson became an instant favorite to her friends and colleagues at JR Motorsports when she joined the company as an accounting specialist in 2004. Her sarcastic musings and straightforward approach injected a brand of humor at JR Motorsports that became part of its fabric as it grew into a full-time NASCAR racing operation in 2006 and a championship-winning organization in 2014," the report said.

Memorial contributions can be made to Piedmont Animal Rescue or Palliative Care of Irdell.

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