William “Bill” Jackson, lovingly known to family and friends as “Brother” was born on February 12, 1927 on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. Early Monday morning on April 26, 2021, William went home to be with our Lord and Savior at the blessed age of 94.
William was the youngest son of the late Rebecca and Richard Jackson. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Rosa S. Harrison, Sadie J. Gibbs, James Jackson and Alice Smalls.
He received his primary education at Rockville Elementary School on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina. At a young age, William moved to New York City and was raised by his aunt the late Isabell Scott.
William served in the United States Navy from September 22, 1945 and was honorably discharged on August 11, 1946. He then went on to enlist in the United States Army and served from January 22, 1953 to January 21, 1955, during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with a rank of Corporal. He loved to cook and worked as a cook while serving in the Army. When he left the
Army, he returned to New York City.
On October 7, 1971 William married Shirley Parker and to their union, one child was born. They were together for 54 years.
William worked at the New York City Housing Authority. He studied diligently and started working as what was called a “Fireman” but is now known as a Heating Plant Technician. He then became an Assistant Superintendent working at Wise Towers. He retired in 1986 as a Superintendent, working at Manhattanville Houses and Randolph Houses on West 114th Street. He was a proud member of Teamsters Union Local 237. William was an active and engaged retiree, attending union meetings and events.
After retirement, William became a full-time caregiver to his grandchildren. During his spare time, William loved to fish. His favorite fishing locations were in Montauk, Long Island and Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He also loved to play Solitaire.
William became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in 1994 after the passing of his best friend, Demetrius Robertson, under the pastorate of Reverend Calvin G. Sampson. He was a faithful member and served on the Laymen’s Chorus, until he could no longer attend services.
William was a loving husband, a devoted father, a steadfast grandfather and great grandfather, and a caring brother, uncle and friend.
He leaves to mourn and cherish his memories; his beloved wife, Shirley Jackson; one daughter Monique Jackson-Dickens (Charles); two step-daughters, Shernette Morrison (Cleveland) and Lorraine Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Florence Buist and Cathy Brinson; six grandchildren; Dillard Hill, Danille McKinnon, Gary Johnson, Jason Morrison, Imani Harris (Lexiano) and Bryanna
Jackson-Dickens and five great-grandchildren; Isaiah Hill, Cameron Johnson, Dillard Hill Jr., Kayden William Jackson and Landon Harris; nieces; nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.