Billy died on Oct. 20, 2001. The oldest son of William and Beanna Jackson and one of seven children, Billy was born Dec. 3, 1950, in Dallas. He attended Franklin D. Roosevelt HS, and graduated as salutatorian in 1969. He was president of the student council, captain of the Roosevelt football and basketball teams, and a member of the National Honor Society. Billy received awards from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Alpha Merit. He also received a four-year academic scholarship to Princeton.
Billy enjoyed working to improve communities and helping others. He took time taking care of his parents for many of the past 10 years. He was the proud father of one son, Tarik, and has a grandbaby who arrived in Sept. 2002.
Family and friends will miss Billy, but are honored to have known him and will cherish fond memories of his caring spirit and willingness to be the best. A scholarship fund to be awarded to an outstanding athlete in 2003 has been set up at Roosevelt HS in his honor.
The Class of 1973