Fifth generation Boone Countian, WWII veteran and Realtor Everett Price “Jake” Jacobs, 95 of Columbia, passed away Tuesday, December 24th at Boone Hospital Center following a brief illness.
Visitation will be 2-5pm on Sunday Dec. 29 at the First Baptist Church of Columbia 1112 East Broadway, Columbia, Mo. Funeral services will be held Monday Dec. 30 at 2pm at the church with internment to follow at the Columbia Cemetery.
Jake was born February 17, 1918, on the family farm in Boone County, Mo. just south of Midway, to Everett and Eugenia Cook Jacobs. He grew up on the farm milking cows and raising tobacco, worked at Alexander’s fruit farm, helped Virgil Koch build houses and barns, attended the one room Hickory Grove School and graduated from the University of Mo. Laboratory High School in 1936. Shortly after graduation he went to work for Temple Stephens grocery store in the meat Dept.
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jake enlisted in the Army, serving 34 months in the North African Theatre entering from the south at Johannesburg to avoid the German U-boats and caravanning to northern Africa and the Middle East. He was given a truck full of men and supplies and told to “just drive it.” Said he never did get used to driving on the “wrong side” on “those roads”! Jake always talked about seeing Jerusalem, the temple of the holy mount, the pyramids and so much more. He left the army at the rank of Staff Sargent. Upon his return he went to work for A&P Grocery as meat dept. manager, and shortly thereafter met and married Lucille Self on Dec. 28, 1946, his lovely bride of 67 years.
Jake and Lu built homes, lived in them a year or two, and built another while both working full time and still helping out on the farm. In all this they still found time to have 2 children, Delton and Debbie, and to get them raised with the finest of wonderful memories. In 1964, Jake got his real estate license founded Mid-State Realty in Columbia and in 1972 retired from A&P and incorporated Jacobs Realty, Inc. going into real estate full time while son Delton was still in college. In 1990 Jacobs Realty, Inc. merged its sales operation into Remax/Boone Realty and Jacobs Realty became a full time Property Management Co. Jake held his real estate license until the end and was in the office every day until about a year ago. He is a “Life Member” of the Columbia Board of Realtors and its only member of memory to receive the prestigious “Realtor of the Year” award 2 times, in 1992 and again in 2009 at the age of 90.
Jake was a dedicated volunteer. He was a Blue Lodge Mason for 73 years, a charter member of Aleppo Grotto, a 32nd degree member of the Moolah Shrine and a past president of the Tiger Shrine Club. Jake was also a member of Cosmopolitan Club, past chairmen of the Dinner of Champions to aid Multiple Sclerosis research, on the Board of Directors at the Columbia Senior Activity Center and an active member of First Baptist Church, the VFW, American Legion and numerous other organizations.
Survivors include his wife Lucille Self Jacobs, his sister Martha Collins, son Delton and his wife Janie, of Columbia, daughter Debbie Brown and her husband Ed, of St. Louis, six grandchildren, Amanda Lucille Jacobs Stone and David Price Jacobs, Ashlee Michelle Fulkerson husband Tony, Andrew Edward Brown, Hoke Hamrick Holmes wife Cassy and John Robert Holmes II wife Sarah and five great grandchildren, Blake Hamrick Holmes, Alexis Kate Stone, Ariella Michelle Fulkerson, Brock Riley Holmes and Elyse Marie Holmes.
Jake’s wife, Lucille, his sister Martha, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his many nieces, nephews and other relations and his many friends were the pride of his life.
Jake and Lu’s community and organizational families and dear friends number in the thousands. The church family, the Realtor family, the senior center family, the masonic family, the Cosmo family and the Midway family are all part of “Jake’s family” and “his legacy in life.”
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 East Broadway or the Columbia Senior Activity Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E. Columbia, Mo. 65201.