William Douglas (Bill) Jackson

William Douglas (Bill) Jackson, 71, of Houston, Texas, passed away Wednesday (June 26, 2019) at Houston Hospice. Born in Huntsville, Ala., on Nov. 5, 1947, to Ruth Carol Ford and Jack Guyton Jackson, Bill graduated in 1966 from Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, where he was an All Mid-State Guard on the football team. Bill was also an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1970. While there he lettered in football three years. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Donna Ruth Daniel, in a military wedding on June 14, 1970 in their hometown of Fayetteville. He then began his military career. Following Signal, Airborne and Ranger (winter) Schools, he deployed to Viet Nam where he was assigned a MACV Infantry slot in the Tam Quan Province. It was there he received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and two Bronze Stars. Following Viet Nam, he graduated from Flight School at Ft. Rucker, Ala., and was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., where he flew cobra helicopters. It was from this post that he received his Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1976. His career then took him into the construction field working on projects, preparing bids but mostly in sales, mainly with HD Supply. He had a great career. Being a salesman was right up his alley. Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna; sons, Brett Guyton Jackson (Dusty) and Ethan Daniel Jackson (Amy); grandchildren, Will, Taydan, Wesley, Maddox, Ava and Everly; brothers, Carl (Sarah), Mark (Judy) and Clay (Beverly); and aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins. Bill was an avid golfer and hunter and was a gourmet cook. He was a member of the Association of Graduates (West Point), the Army Athletic Association (West Point), Houston West Point Society, Ducks Unlimited, the Night Stalker Association and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Bill was a lover of life! He loved his family and friends. He was one of a kind. He lit up a room with his presence. He never met a stranger. Bill was never politically correct. You knew where he stood. He loved his country and was a true patriot. He loved West Point and the Long Gray Line. Can’t you hear him now? GO ARMY/BEAT NAVY! We will miss him so very much. Our G’Da and our Gee! A celebration of life service honoring Bill was held at 2 p.m. July 1 in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston. If desired, donations may be made to The Night Stalker Foundation, 11304 Bell Station Road, Oak Grove, KY 42262 or www.nightstalkerfoundation.com; Houston Junior Woman’s Club, P.O. Box 77064; Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 or a charity of your choice.

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