William L. Jackson Obituary
Sunrise: March 13, 1928 – Sunset: November 15, 2021
William Lee Jackson, 93, departed his earthly body on November 15, 2021. He was born on March 13, 1928 in Armstrong, Missouri to the late James Jackson and Hattie (White) Jackson the eldest of two boys. When he was a young man, the family moved to Sioux City, Iowa where he attended and graduated from Central High School in 1947. In 1950, he was drafted to the United States Army to serve in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged in 1952, William moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he met Marjorie (Jean) Gregg. The couple wed in 1954 and welcomed four children in this 58-year marriage. In 1960, the Jacksons opened a local restaurant called “SayMan’s Hamburgers” with the famous tagline “Say Man! How about a Hamburger?” William’s entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic set in motion a14-year business that came to be known as one of the most famous legacies in Kansas City! In addition to owning a successful business, William also worked for the United States Postal Service. Upon retirement, he returned to his entrepreneurial roots by investing and managing rental properties while working other odd jobs.
William accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior in the late 1950s and grew to be an Elder in the Gospel Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. He remained a fixed presence in the Gospel Hall until he succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was an extremely outgoing with a loving spirit who never missed the opportunity to share the “Good News of Christ’s Salvation” with family, friends, coworkers and/or even strangers. He was a steadfast patriarch to his children, grandchildren and great children—known for his firm, but fair, parental style and a moral compass that guided them to know God, be humble, and respect and love each other. William was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Jackson, his parents, one granddaughter, and two grandsons.
He leaves to cherish his memory: three daughters and one son, Pamela (Murray) Rabon of Arlington, Texas, Carol (Reggie) Armstrong of Independence, Missouri, Steven (Kristi) Jackson of Olathe, Kansas, and Sherry Robinson of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Arthur (Pam) Jackson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, brethren and sisters in Christ and friends
Funeral service will be the following Saturday, December 4, 2021,at 11:00am at the Watkins Heritage Chapel. Interment Monday, Dec. 6th, 11:00am at Leavenworth National Cemetery, LVNKS. Visitation will be from 10am-11am at the chapel.
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