is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our
Classmate, Bill Jacoway on 29 June 2010 in San Diego, CA. This information
was not made available to the Class until now.
He is survived by his wife of
50 years, Wendy Hall Jacoway, and children, Robert Brand Jacoway and wife
Kimberly, Annette Jacoway Gilmartin and husband Kevin, William Walpole Jacoway
and wife Echo, and Michael Winston Jacoway, and six grandchildren, Sara and
Megan Gilmartin, ? and Chase Jacoway, Marnia and Nate Jacoway.
He will be greatly missed by
the many people whose lives he touched with his love and understanding heart. A
memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street, on
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., officiated by The Rev. Margaret Walls.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or UC - Cumberland College,
6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769.
Well done, Bill. Be thou at peace.
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Bill's Last Roll Call Tribute.
Class Memorial Pages\L-2 Bill Jacoway.pdf
JACOWAY, WILLIAM HARRISON
William Harrison Jacoway went to be with his Lord June 29, 2010. Bill was
born in Birmingham, AL, October 14, 1936. He received his appointment to
West Point Military Academy in 1957. Later, he graduated from Rhodes
College, Memphis, TN. His career began in the Trust Department at Exchange
Security Bank, Birmingham, AL. Following his passion of working with
people, he became the Business Administrator at Independent Presbyterian
Church, Birmingham, AL, Wayazata Community Church, Wayzata MN, and First
Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA. He is survived by his wife of 50 years,
Wendy Hall Jacoway, and children, Robert Brand Jacoway and wife Kimberly,
Annette Jacoway Gilmartin and husband Kevin, William Walpole Jacoway and
wife Echo, and Michael Winston Jacoway, and six grandchildren, Sara and
Megan Gilmartin, Ian and Chase Jacoway, Marnia and Nate Jacoway. He is also
survived his brother Reed Jacoway and his children. He was predeceased by
his parents Reed and Olivia Jacoway. He will be greatly missed by the many
people whose lives he touched with his love and understanding heart. A
memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street,
on Saturday, July 3rd, at 2:00 p.m., officiated by The Rev. Margaret Walls.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or UC - Cumberland
College, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on July 3, 2010
Taps Memorial Article:
William H. Jacoway
Cullum No. 600672 | June
29, 2010 | Died in
San Diego, CA /Cremated. Inurned at Independent Presbyterian Church,
William Harrison Jacoway was born in
Birmingham, AL on October 14, 1936 to Reed and Olivia Jacoway. Billís father
died when he was only two years old, and his mother, siblings, and Bill lived
for several years with his maternal grandfather and several family members
during the waning years of the Depression. Billís lifelong religious roots and
empathy for others were nurtured in this family environment. Bill graduated
from Birminghamís Woodlawn High School and attended the University of Alabama
as a freshman before returning home and receiving a congressional appointment
to the United States Military Academy from Alabama Senator Lister Hill in the
spring of 1957óand thatís when Billís life got hectic. A strained leg muscle
developed into a torn ligament that caused him to fail the physical aptitude
test for entry to West Point.
That resulted in the loss of Billís senatorial appointment which, in turn, was
awarded to Senator Hillís alternate candidate. Through Billís diligent
rehabilitation, his leg improved, and he passed the physical re-examination;
however, Senator Hill did not have a second appointment. A quandary ensued as
the deadline to finalize the roster of entering candidates for the USMA Class
of 1961 was fast approaching. On the last day of eligibility, the members of
Senator Hillís staff found a congressman who had not used his West Point
appointment and who agreed to name Bill as his appointee. So, in July 1957,
Bill was sworn in on the Plain as a member of the USMA Class of 1961. Bill was
a proud flanker member of the L-2 plebe class during the 1957-58 academic
year. He impressed his Loose Deuce companymates with his Christian,
compassionate, and cooperative spirits. Bill was also remembered for his deep
love of music. During his Plebe Christmas break he underwent successful
surgery on his leg. However, after a promising plebe year, Bill decided that
Army life was not for him and returned home to Birmingham and civilian life.
Bill enrolled at Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN, as a business major. In 1959,
he met Wendy at a religious summer camp. They soon married in a joyful union
that spanned over 50 years and produced four children and several
grandchildren. Upon graduation from Rhodes he began his professional career in
the trust department at a Birmingham bank. After a few years in the banking
business Bill happily merged his strengths and desires as an administrator and
Christian into a lifelong career by consecutively managing the daily
administration and operations of three large churches throughout the United
States. He began at the Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Next,
an opportunity arose for his leadership abilities at Wayzata Community Church
in Minnesota. His last calling was the opportunity to serve at the First
Presbyterian Church in San Diego, CA.
Billís Christian deeds in assisting others are legion. He was instrumental in
promoting a 25th birthday party for a young lady afflicted with polio at a
Birmingham hospital. He arranged donations to purchase an oil painting of a
ballerina adored by the young lady as a birthday gift. In the same hospital
Bill met another patient, a deaf former football player and promising artist.
He introduced the incipient artist to a local portrait artist who donated free
art lessons. The handicapped man seized this opportunity of donated
instruction and developed in to a painter talented enough to have his art on
display at the United States Federal Building in Winston-Salem, NC. Bill aided
a teenager in the throes of parental divorce by securing gainful employment
for the youngster. Bill and Wendy facilitated housing and employment for a
military officer and his family from an African nation. This African family
had to flee their native country when their livelihood was severely threatened
and their housing suddenly commandeered by hostile forces. Bill found great
personal inspiration in influencing steady employment for the father despite
the extreme cultural obstacles. Thanks to Bill and Wendyís aegis this family
was able to weather a tumultuous time in their lives. They thrived in the
United States for over 10 years before they were able to safely return to
their home country.
Billís passing left Wendy, his devoted and loved partner, with a lifetime of
wonderful memories. She shares these happy remembrances with their four
children: Robert, Annette, William Jr., and Michael: and seven cherished
grandchildren; Sara, Megan, Ian, Chase, Marina, Nate, and Kaia.
A loving listener,
Ever attentive, deeply interested,
Ready with the next question to understand
you and yours,
Never poised for you to stop so he can talk,
You feel connected, loved.
A lover of life,
Fulfilled by simple joys of daily life,
Warmed by the success and contentment
of those he loves,
Never needing flashy thrills,
He connected and loved.
A generous heart,
Quick to share his good fortune
In focused ways to ease lifeís stressed and bring pleasures
small and great
Never seeking public gratitude
You feel supported, loved.
ó Wendy Jacoway and a 1961 classmate