William R. Jaco, 99 ½ , passed peacefully into heaven at Life Care Center of Rhea County.
He had resided at The Veranda the last five years. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia January 25, 1921 to Roscoe and Chrissie (Ellis) Jaco. He grew up and lived in Dayton the bulk of his long life.
Bill attended Dayton City School and graduated from Rhea Central High School. He worked as a bookkeeper for a lumber company in Spring City. During that time, he met Kathleen Robbins who was working at the drugstore. He often reflected on how good her milkshakes were. They married in 1944 and shared 70 happy years together. Their daughter, Billie Kathleen, was a joy to them when she was born in 1946.
Bill joined the Army during World War II and reached the rank of Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion for 74 years, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a faithful member and dedicated servant of Trinity Methodist Church from boyhood until it closed its doors.
His career with the Tennessee Department of Employment Security spanned 38 years. He was pleased years later when he would see folks he had helped get jobs and careers started. The latter years of his work involved investigating fraud among unemployment claims. Walking was a favorite activity he enjoyed on the walking track and at the Veranda. He enjoyed reading about American history, particularly the Civil War and WWII. He followed UT football and the Atlanta Braves. He and Kathleen were fans of the Lady Vols basketball team. He had an active mind and enjoyed watching Jeopardy.
His family was always important. His example to his daughter, son-in-law, grands and great grands will long be treasured. “Stay close to the Lord” was his motto.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Kathleen in 2014, his mother-in-law Gertrude Robbins in 1998 and his sister-in-law Elsie Robbins in 2014.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Billie Kathleen and son-in-law Dr. Raymond Brown of Evansville, IN; granddaughters, Gretchen(Bryan) Fischer of Sebree, KY, Katrina Barber of Evansville, IN; step-granddaughter, Marcia (Paul) Baumberger of Newburgh, IN; step-grandson, Stephen Brown of Newburgh, IN; great granddaughters, Hilary Fischer, Vera Fischer, Libby Baumberger, Severina Barber and Forsythia Barber.
A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 2:00pm with Rev. Michael Jackson officiating.
Family will receive friends Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 pm at Coulter Garrison Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Buttram Cemetery.
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