The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 20, 2012

William A. Jackson


BRUNSWICK, Ga. — After a battle of nearly 20 years with Parkinson’s disease, William A. Jackson died on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Senior Care in Brunswick, Ga.

Bill was born Feb. 10, 1927, on the Weinard farm east of Rossville, to Victor Jackson and Ruby Hitchcock Jones. His father passed away when Bill was three. He and his brother were soon sent to live with an uncle and aunt, Phil and Cecil Barragree, who raised them.

He graduated from Rossville High School in 1945 as the valedictorian of his class. He personally made certain the class members stayed in touch by arranging annual class reunions. Bill joined the Army the day after graduation and served until WWII ended. Upon his discharge as a T4 Sergeant, he attended the University of Illinois. Farm duties and illness ended that chapter of his life.

He owned and operated a hay bailer. He also worked for Bud Electronics in Danville. Bill taught himself electronics by taking correspondence courses and then began his Jackson TV repair business which he operated for several years. He also worked for Whistlers’ Gas.

Bill was a rural letter carrier for 22 years before becoming postmaster at Rossville until retirement.

He married Betty Hunley on Aug. 29, 1948. She passed away unexpectedly on June 11, 2010.

Surviving are two daughters, Marjorie Bunting of Lafayette, Ind., and Karen Cope (Boyd) of Brunswick, Ga.; four grandchildren, Clinton Morgan of Rantoul, Clayton Morgan of Indianapolis, Dr. Somer Johnson Lyons (Dan) of Washoe Valley, Nev.; and Natalie Mizelle (Daryle) of Brunswick, Ga; three great-grandchildren, Chase Morgan and Madeline and Gwynith Lyons; a cousin, Dennis Barragree (Carolyn) of Rossville; and a great-nephew, Jared Jackson (Renee) of St. Louis.

Also preceding him in death were his brother, James Jackson; a nephew, Randy Jackson; and great-nephew, Leonard Jackson.

Bill and Betty retired in 1982 and spent every winter since then in their special place, Brunswick, and Jekyll Island, Ga.

Bill toured all 50 states. When he was 56, he rode a bicycle from Whidbey Island, Wash., back to Rossville in 33 days. He loved the West. Custer’s Little Big Horn was one of his favorite destinations. He loved to dance, hunt, play bridge and listen to all kinds of music.

Bill ran the chain at Rossville’s football games for many years and ushered at University of Illinois football and basketball games. In later years he cranked out many projects from his workshop.

He was very patriotic. In 2009, he received a 60-year pin for membership in the Rossville American Legion, which he helped build back in the 50’s. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

Graveside military services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Rossville Cemetery with Wolfe-Blurton Funeral Home and Cremation Service in charge of arrangements.

Bill’s wishes were that his family and friends gather at the Rossville American Legion following the graveside services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rossville Legion.

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