Willie Bate Jacobs

Sherman, Texas

Dec 10, 1934 – Apr 18, 2018 (Age 83)


December 10, 1934
April 18, 2018
Sherman, Texas


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SHERMAN - Funeral services for Willie Bate Jacobs will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday April 21 at the First Baptist Church of Sherman. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers.
Willie Bate Jacobs was born on December 10, 1934 on Mastin Ranch near Grandview, Texas and went to be with the Lord April 18, 2018 in Sherman, Texas at home.
He served in the army from 1957-1959. He worked for the Sherman Democrat before working at Austin College as director of the news bureau, public relations, alumni association and sports information from 1960-1976. Since 1975 Willie has worked as an independent insurance agent. Willie worked from February 2003-2007 as interview coordinator at the NFL combine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Willie was a member of the rockabilly band, the Strikes from 1956-1957. He was also sponsor of the Phi Sigma Alpha fraternity while employed at Austin College.
Mr. Jacobs is survived by his wife, Frances Redburn Jacobs; children, Gary Jacobs, Dennis Jacobs, and Jennifer Davidchik; grandchildren, Thomas Jacobs, Kevin Jacobs, Will Jacobs, Autumn Jacobs, Hannah Miller, Caroline Jacobs, Michaela Davidchik, Clarice Davidchik, and Steven Davidchik; and great grandchild, Hudson.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday at Waldo Funeral Home. The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.

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My dad, Joe M. Leonard Jr., promoted the Strikes and his 45s are collectors items. Rickey Nelson's first LP had 2 of his hits: Baby I'm Sorry and If You Can't Rock Me. Joe M. Leonard, III

It is always a sad time when a friend gotta go and will never come back. No way to tell him once again see you next time you will be in town. Maybe it more hurting when you had never meet that friend who entered in your life 40 years ago because of his musical skill? Imagine the situation, a young guy born in 1958 that found in 1978 a couple of recordings done by The Strikes, a long time disbanded Texas combo. In 2005 came the first letters/emails sent by Willie and his friend Paul Kunz. From...

I am so sorry to have been out of town in the aftermath of Willie Jacobs death, but my prayers are with his family and may he Rest In Peace. He was a fine man whose friendship I enjoyed very much.