William Edward “Billy” Jackson
William Edward “Billy” Jackson, age 89, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 18, 2021, after a brief illness.
Billy was raised in Lincoln Park, Rockville, MD, and attended Lincoln High School. He voluntarily enlisted in the US Army in March 1951 just months before he received a personal invitation from Uncle Sam (more widely known as “the draft”). After he survived a life-threatening illness during basic training which prevented his deployment to Korea, Billy signed up for a tour of duty in Europe where he was with the 82nd Trucking Company transporting supplies between Germany and France. He was honorably discharged at the end of February 1954.
Most of Billy’s professional work career was spent in the Federal Government where he retired from the Department of Energy as Chief of Printing. Never a person to sit still, he also ran his own janitorial service and did remodeling for family, friends, and acquaintances. After helping his father build their second home, there was not much about construction that Billy didn’t know how to do and if he didn’t know, he knew someone who did.
During his free time, Billy enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, NJ, gardening, cheering on the Baltimore Ravens, and anything to do with cars, especially watching the Classic Car Auctions on TV.
Although Billy is gone from our daily lives, he is forever in our hearts.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and Maurice Jackson, Sr.; sisters, Ethel and Rosetta Jackson; and brother, Maurice Jackson, Jr. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathryn Bruchey Jackson; daughter, Lisa Jackson Dial (Kevin); and three grandchildren Devin, Lachelle, and Lawrence Dial. Also mourning Billy are his nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
A memorial service will be held in Rockville, MD at a future date when family and friends can safely gather.