William Jackson III – Obituary


William Walter Jackson III (“Bill”), 76, of Youngsville, NC, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday January 8, 2021 surrounded by his children.

Bill was born on May 14, 1944 in Binghamton, NY and is predeceased by his parents William Walter Jackson Jr., and Lillian Barbara (Sydlosky) Jackson, wife Margaret Jackson, and sister Barbara (Jackson) Kazmark. He leaves behind (3) brothers – Robert Jackson (wife Lucy), Donald Jackson (wife Barbara), Charles Jackson (wife Connie), (1) sister Deborah (Jackson) Welch (late husband Albert); (2) children – Tamee (Jackson) Taylor (husband Tony), and William “Skip” Jackson IV; (5) grandchildren Sean, Kyle, Alex, Kara (husband Bennett), Brian (wife Lauren); (1) step grandchild Lillian and (3) great grandchildren Judah, Selah and Jackson, and his favorite furry companion – “Cookie”.  

Bill was most proud of his titles of “Dad” & “Peepaw”!   Family meant more to him than anything else in the world and he often bragged about accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. They often describe “Peepaw” as a young kid trapped in a 76-year-old body.  He loved playing pranks all the time and making people laugh… He was truly a big kid at heart!

Bill loved traveling and didn’t go far without his copilot “Cookie” right in the front seat beside him.   He never thought twice about taking her along on his daily errand runs.  He often traveled to Kerr Lake and Wrightsville Beach with Cookie along for the ride.  He loved outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting and hot air ballooning.   Skydiving was one of his newest passions he discovered in his 70’s.

He was always active in the communities he lived in. When his kids were young, he helped in the development of the little league and pee wee football programs in his hometown in PA. Bill loved refereeing many youth sports including football, baseball & basketball.

His neighbors and friends called him the mayor and loved how willing he was to help anyone at any time with anything. Having worked in commercial construction for many years there wasn’t anything that Bill couldn’t build, fix or figure out.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in honor of William Jackson III to The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke.  For gifts by mail make your check payable to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center and sent to: The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.   This Donation Form can be used for mail in donations.

Online donations can be made via https://www.gifts.duke.edu/dukehealth/?designation=3912597

A celebration of life service will be held in early March (Date TBD) at the Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587.