George Willard Jackson, 82, a retired painter and wallpaper hanger, died Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital of complications of emphysema.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road in Baltimore. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow.
Mr. Jackson was a lifelong resident of Baltimore. Since 1948, he had lived in the 4400 block of Newport Ave.
In his early 20s, he worked as a candy-maker. He also was in the Army National Guard from 1933 to 1936. Then, after a five-year stint working at Glenn L. Martin State Airport in Essex, Mr. Jackson started his painting and wallpaper business, called Jackson Contractors. He worked throughout the Baltimore region until his retirement in 1978.
His wife of 40 years, the former Margaret E. Hochrein, died in 1982.
Mr. Jackson is survived by a brother, Gilbert C. Jackson of Parkville, and a daughter and son-in-law, Arlene Frances Abell and Thomas Wathen Abell of Baltimore.