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William H. Jacoway
"Bill"

Company L-2

14 Oct 1936 - 29 Jun 2010

Place of Death: San Diego, CA

Interment: TBA

 It 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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Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\L-2 Bill Jacoway.pdf

Obituaries:

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  ex-1961

Cullum No. 600672 | June 29, 2010 | Died in San Diego, CA /Cremated. Inurned at Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

 

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