William Clyde Jackson, 91, died peacefully at home in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday, Dec. 21. He married his wife, Freda Belle Cross, in 1946.
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Born in 1922 in Scranton, he was a World War II veteran, serving with the Army in the South Pacific from early 1943 until December 1945. William and Freda spent their honeymoon in New York City. They spent many years living and raising their family outside Scranton in a house near Hamlin, which he built with his own hands and they occupied for more than 60 years. He had a long career with Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Conrail. He and his wife were longtime members of Grace Bible Church, Dunmore.
Bill loved his Lord and was faithful in sharing his testimony. He was a lay genius with woodworking and mechanics. His craftsmanship was evident in an outsized the wood splitter he built and used, down to coasters he meticulously crafted from branches from trees. He was full of humor, delighting his grandchildren with his ability to wiggle his ears on demand and his famous rooster crow. His undying love for ice cream was legendary.
He is also survived his children, Linda (Render Caines), Carol (Joel Belz), Lorraine (David Berger), Paul (Sharon); 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; a younger brother, Wayne Jackson; and a younger sister, Dolores Jackson McLain.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, Wendell Jackson.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday in Asheville. A funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, 23 University Drive, Dunmore.
The Jackson family will receive friends at Grace Bible Church Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and friends may visit the family before the service from 10 to 11.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 24, 2013