James E. Jacobs, 91

SEPT. 29, 1920-NOV. 25, 2011

November 28, 2011
  • James E. Jacobs
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James Emery Jacobs, 91, formerly of Hagerstown, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. James lived with his son and daughter-in-law in Hollywood, Md.

Born Sept. 29, 1920, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Richard James and Margaret Virginia (Hurdle) Jacobs.

He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. On June 30, 1944, he married his wife of 64 years, Goldie Ann (Ingersol) Jacobs, in Mays Landing, N.J. They moved from Mays Landing to the Washington Metropolitan area in 1944. In 1981 they settled in Hagerstown on Coffman Avenue and in 2006 they moved to Loyalton Senior Living community of Hagerstown.

In addition to serving his country, James retired after 30 years of dedicated service as the greenhouse foreman for the U.S. Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C., in April 1975. During his career, he designed and arranged many floral pieces for inauguration celebrations for Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy and Johnson and for many state affairs and congressional and senatorial offices for special occasions and holidays.

He loved country music, especially Conway Twitty, square dancing and traveling to Fort Myers, Fla., as a “snowbird” to get away from the cold Washington winters.

He enjoyed gardening and floral arrangements; shopping with his wife, her favorite hobby; playing cards; and was a big fan of local baseball and football teams.

He always enjoyed spending time with his family, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He loved and had a special place in his heart for “the girls,” his two boxers, Katie and Stitch.  

He attended Valley Grace Brethren Church, Halfway, Md.

He was a former member of Moose Lodge No. 212, BPO Elks No. 378 and Morris Frock Post No. 42 American Legion, all of Hagerstown.

James is survived by his son, James Richard Jacobs and daughter-in-law Karen Marie of Hollywood, Md.; granddaughter, Lynn Marie (Jacobs) and husband Emerson Todd Tarburton of Hughesville, Md.; grandson, Richard Dennis Jacobs and partner Michael G. Hoge of Washington, D.C.; great-granddaughter, Abigail Marie Tarburton and great-grandson Evan Todd Tarburton; sister-in-law, Mildred Jacobs of Rockville, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Goldie Anne (Ingersol) Jacobs; mother, father; three brothers, Marshall Jacobs, Louis Jacobs, Calvin Jacobs; and two sisters, Lilly Jacobs and Edna (Jacobs) Blum.

Funeral services will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md., on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ernest E. Witmer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service from noon to 1 p.m. Entombment will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12800 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20853, with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s County, 23507 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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