Billy Jack Jackson

January 13, 1930 - March 30, 2020
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Billy Jack Jackson, 90, of Midlothian, passed away on March 30, 2020 at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Bill was born on January 31, 1930 to Lonnie Clyde Jackson and Bobbie Smith Jackson in Uvalde, Texas. After he graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, he attended Texas Tech University, earning a degree in Architecture. Prior to his graduation from Texas Tech, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, participating in groundbreaking work that served as a precursor to the space program. Bill began working as an architect in Lubbock, Texas during the late 1950s and moved to Irving, Texas where he continued to practice, in 1963. He worked for various architectural firms in the Dallas area, eventually becoming the Construction Projects Manager for the Irving ISD, where he worked until his retirement about 15 years ago. His work lives on in the form of many schools and municipal buildings, both in Dallas-Fort Worth and in other parts of Texas, some of which were honored with national awards.

On July 22, 1950, Bill married Shirley Hawk in Lubbock, Texas. Together, they navigated life’s ups and downs for 42 years, until she passed away on December 7, 1992. They had three children, Greg (born in 1952), Cindy (1953), and Lisa (1959). Bill and Shirley later opened their door and their hearts to their niece, Salie Hawk, who became a member of the immediate family. After moving from Lubbock to Irving in 1963, Bill continued to live there until 2015 when he moved in with his daughter, Lisa, and her husband Jody Allison. He resided in their home until his death.

Bill is survived by his son, Greg, of Irving, daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Michael Powell, of Dallas, daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Jody Allison, of Midlothian, and niece, Salie Henry, of Irving. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 more great-grandchildren who will be born within months.

Bill Jackson leaves behind a legacy of hard work, expertise in his craft, and love for his family. He continued to practice his profession long after retirement, designing homes and projects for various family members. He also was a master craftsman, designing and building many accents that adorned his home and those of his family. An avid sports fan, he particularly loved the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys. His influence was felt by many and he was loved by all. Due to the unusual circumstances that we live in at the moment, memorial services are pending. Information will follow, so that this great man can be honored in the manner that befits his life.

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The Afghanipours
Midlothian, TX
We will miss you, Wild Bill. You were a great man. So glad you are with Jesus and no longer suffering.
Susan and Steve Smith
Highland Village, TX
Greg and family ,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and our sympathy is extended to you all.
Susan & Steve Smith
Jenny Glenn
Irving, TX
What an amazing man. His passing is a great loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, all.
Prana Thoppil
Carrollton, TX
This is such a loss. There are no words that can offer true comfort. I am praying for strength and peace for your family.
Julia Friedl
Carrollton, TX
We’ll miss you, Wild Bill! I hope you’re having a great time in Heaven. Christi, Mr. J, I’m so sorry for your loss, especially during this trying and unusual time. We’ll be praying for your family to find a way to get through this together, while far apart. May God bless you and may Wild Bill’s soul Rest In Peace.
Ralph and Becky
Las Cruces,, NM
So sorry for your Loss, your father was a great man. We are here for you always. We will continue to pray for the family.
God give you and your family comfort in this hard time.
Nurse Peoples
Mansfield, TX
I am so sorry for your loss! I will miss hearing your dad tell me...hey kiddo, when he comes in. It was always a pleasure to sit and talk with him. You and your family are in my prayers.
Nancy Stark Cogburn
Irving,, TX
Coffee always tasted better at Shirley and Biil’s.  I/we (Girl Scout leaders in the Good Heavens District -Irving) gathered at your home many mornings for coffee.  You will be remembered by many of us as a loving husband and a great support for Girl Scouts leaders.  Thanks, Bill.  Job well done.
Natalie Bentley
Irving, TX
Dearest Salie and Lisa: I have too have found memories of Uncle Bill He always saved me the Nestles Dark Chocolate squares around Christmas time.  ??.  He was a good man and you could always see he loved his family.  I am very saddened for all of our loss.
Suzan Nyfeler
Austin, TX
Uncle Bill, (for that’s what we all called you), you were a great guy. Steady, talented, proud of your kids and Salie, and always had a smile on your face. The legacy of your time on earth shows in your family. Aunt Shirsey has you back. Rest In Peace. My deepest condolences to the family.
Debby (Jones) Rudd
Irving, TX
Greg, Cindy, Lisa, and Salie,
I was so sorry to see about your dad.  I know our paths have crossed a few times over the years, you never forget your next door neighbors, even from 50 years ago.  I just happen to go out to Oak Grove (flowers on my grandparents grave) and saw the sign about your dad today (April 24th).  I followed the arrow and sure enough it led me to your mom’s marker and the new hole.  My dad passed away a week before this past Thanksgiving .  I feel all alone now with my mom gone 11 years ago, my brother Gary 8 years ago and now my dad.  I remember working at Irving Hospital back when your mom was there.
Debby (Jones) Rudd
Irving, TX
Oops, it posted before I finished.  Anyway, I see Greg’s name periodically with the Nimitz Decathlon team.  I remember seeing you all some time back at one of the football games.  Gary’s daughter and step daughter were both in band at Nimitz.  Jessica’s son is also there at Nimitz, a sophomore also in band, Logan Jones.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all,
Debby Rudd, [email protected]
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