Billy Alec "Bill" Jackson was born in Antlers on March 16, 1933, to Roy and Nora Mae Labor Jackson. Bill was happily married to Patricia "Pat" Akard Jackson for almost 66 years. Bill has been a resident of McKinney, TX, for the past 14 years until April 15, 2017, when he passed from this life at Kindred Hospital-Central, Dallas, TX, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Nora Jackson, and by his older brother, Roy Earl Jackson. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Pat, his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Nina Jackson of Addison, TX, his daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Stace Hutson of Tyler, TX, his daughter Cindy Rahal of Houston, TX, his brother and sister-in-law, Gary Paul and Wilma Jackson of Oklahoma City, and his sister and brother-in-law Linda and Gates Copeland of Kingwood, TX. Bill is also survived by four loving grandchildren and two beloved great grandchildren. His grandchildren: Scott Jackson of Frisco, TX, Kristy Marrone of Dallas, TX, Miranda Mares of Albuquerque, NM., and Mario Jaramillo of Albuquerque, NM. His great grandchildren: Jaylen and Ireland Jackson of Frisco, TX. By any standards, Bill lived his life to the fullest and was highly successful in marriage, child-rearing, and career. Bill's relationship with God began at the First Baptist Church in Antlers when he was a child, and his earthly walk ended when he left for his heavenly home on Saturday. Bill's marriage to Patricia C. "Pat" Akard spanned almost 66 years, and when you saw one, you saw the other. Bill and Pat strongly believed, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it," (Proverbs 22:6). With that in mind, Bill and Pat reared three fine children who have all been successful in their own rights. In his chosen career as a cattle rancher and broker, he was one of the best! As soon as Bill graduated from Antlers High School in Antlers, Oklahoma, in 1951, he married his childhood sweetheart, Pat, and then he started ranching and went to auctioneering school so that he could learn all the needed techniques to broker cattle. Those early decisions led to a highly successful career as a cattle rancher and broker where he earned the reputation as someone who knew the business well and was a straight talker. His success led to the development of many famous people as clients. Everyone in the cattle industry knew and respected him because they always knew where they stood with him. Yes, Bill's life is one to be celebrated. His goals were to follow God, to have a strong marriage, to raise good, hard-working children, and to earn respect and make a lot of money in a career he knew and loved, probably so important to Bill because in doing this, he proved that a strong faith and a strong work ethic derived only through The School of Hard Knocks was the world's best teacher! Billy Alec Jackson attained and surpassed all those goals, and now he has claimed his reward from the Father and has joined his mother, dad, and brother in the heavenly realms. Bill was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a true patriot who had a strong love and appreciation for those who fought to keep our country free! He was an avid hunter. He especially loved bird hunting, and as all his hunting buddies, including his brother, Roy Earl, and his brother-in-law, Gates Copeland would tell you, Bill was quite a shot! He was serious about his hunting! Bill also loved everything to do with horse races. At one time, he owned and raced thoroughbred race horses. One of them, Maha's Big Boy did quite well in that regard! Bill and Pat enjoyed going to horse races with friends and family. It is true that he was quite lucky, but he and Pat also were quite expert at analyzing the racing forms! A visitation for Billy Alec Jackson is scheduled from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Burkhart Funeral Service, 715 East Main, Antlers. A memorial service for Billy Alec Jackson is scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, 208 N.E. B Street, Antlers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Antlers Public Schools to the Building Fund for the Tom Wells Field house. Address for the school is: Antlers Public Schools, 219 N. E. A Street, Antlers, Oklahoma 74523, Attention: Cary Ammons. Relatives and friends are invited to sign the guestbook or send private condolences online at www.burkhartfuneralservice.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burkhart Funeral Service in Antlers.
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