|Ken, as he was affectionately known, entered this life on December 20, 1931, in Zachary, Louisiana. He and Shirley Ann Gassen were married on August 9, 1953. His higher education was at Centenary College and SMU, Perkins’ School of Theology. There are four children – Sharon, William, Jr., Matthew and James Wesley – born to this union and eight grandchildren as well as two great-grandchildren.
Ken did not have a choice in deciding for a vocation. His mother named him after a famous Methodist Bishop, William McKendry. Vic Couvillion spoke of Ken when his wife and two sons received a posthumous award as “Kiwanian of the Year.” Vic said, “Today, I see Ken Jacocks sitting in the palm of God.” I can say this because I know that in the gospels, Jesus promises that those who accept him as their savior, and follow him down the path that he laid out, would be rewarded with eternal peace and the vision of God our Creator.
“Ken Jacocks not only embraced Jesus as his savior, but he went out into the world, following the dictates of Jesus, and spread his Holy Name to countless thousands over his long, fruitful and distinguished career in the ministry. Besides all those in the churches he served, he ministered to the spiritual needs of countless many more.” At his funeral service, over a dozen people stood and witnessed with tears in their eyes, how Ken had made a difference in their lives.
Some churches served were: Provincal –Weaver; (Texas) Salem – Kinser; Associate with J. Henry Bowden, Sr., at Carrolton; founding pastor of Aurora church on the West Bank; (B.R) Magnolia – Mangum; Pearl River – Talisheek; (Monroe) St. Marks’; Texas – Volunteers of America in charge of Yale Village Division; (Hammond) Minister to Southeastern Wesley Foundation-Wesley Chapel; Gonzales – Meadows Chapel; and Laplace – Lutcher. On retirement, Ken served Wesley Chapel for three years and Lee’s Landing for three months.
When Jane and I were worshipping at the Christian Church in Hammond in September of 2004, Ken was the guest preacher, and the secretary had put a note in the bulletin, welcoming Ken (Our Associate Minister) to the pulpit. He was loved by the parishioners and he and Shirley loved them!
|Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2006|