COLUMBIA —It took Sally Hogan no time at all to recall the kindness of Everett Price "Jake" Jacobs.
"I was at a gas station and Jake was there," she said. A young man came in, then realized that he had lost his check book. "Jacob said 'Don't worry, I'll take care of it,'" and refused the young man when he insisted on paying him back.
"That's just who Jake was. He was just an all-around nice guy," said Hogan, who worked with Mr. Jacobs on the Columbia Area Senior Center's board of directors. "He'll be sorely missed by the people around here."
Everett Price "Jake" Jacobs of Columbia died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. He was 95.
Mr. Jacobs was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Boone County to Everett and Eugenia Cook Jacobs. He was a fifth generation native of Boone County and grew up on a family farm south of Midway.
He was a World War II veteran who served as a staff seargent in the Army. Over the course of nearly three years, he served in places such as Johannesburg, South Africa, northern Africa and the Middle East.
After returning from the war, Mr. Jacobs became the meat department manager for A&P grocery. After he accepted the job, he married Lucille Self on Dec. 28, 1946. Together, they built and sold homes, worked full time and raised two children, Delton and Debbie.
Harold Mauller, 89, moonlighted with Mr. Jacobs in the meat business for several years. "People would come in and say 'Where's Jake?' because he knew what they wanted, and he'd come out there and fix them right up," Mauller said. "He had a lot of friends here in Columbia."
Rebecca Strausf, Mauller's daughter, knew Mr. Jacobs since she was 5 years old. She remembered sitting at the butcher's table next to him and watching him cut meat.
"He used to say 'I gotta work to stay alive,'" she said.
Mr. Jacobs retired from A&P in 1972 and went into the real estate business full time. That year, he opened Jacobs Realty, Inc. with his son, Delton. The company later merged with Remax/Boone Realty and became a property management brokerage firm.
"He knew realty very well," Strausf said.
When Mauller and his wife went searching for a house, Mr. Jacobs helped them find the perfect home by Hulen Lake — the same one they've lived in for more than 20 years.
"We're just delighted with living here," he said. "He was a good friend and was admired by everyone who knew him."
Mr. Jacobs was twice recognized as "Realtor of the Year" by the Columbia Board of Realtors. He was a Mason for more than 70 years and was a lifetime member of the Boone County post of Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1976.
Mr. Jacobs is survived by his wife, Lucille Self Jacobs; his sister, Martha Collins; a son, Delton Jacobs, and his wife, Janie Jacobs, of Columbia; a daughter, Debbie Brown, and her husband, Ed Brown, of St. Louis; six grandchildren, Amanda Lucille Jacobs Stone, David Price Jacobs, Ashlee Michelle Fulkerson, Andrew Edward Brown, Hoke Hamrick Holmes and John Robert Holmes II; and five great-grandchildren, Blake Hamrick Holmes, Alexis Kate Stone, Ariella Michelle Fulkerson, Brock Riley Holmes and Elyse Marie Holmes.
Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 East Broadway. Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the church, with burial to follow at the Columbia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Columbia or the Columbia Area Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 East, Columbia, MO 65201.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.