Russell Jackson “Jack” Headlee
Russell Jackson “Jack” Headlee, age 74, of Salem, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at the Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab Center after bravely defying the many medical issues he endured since birth.
Jack was born in Morgantown on Sept. 6, 1940, the son of the late Jean Elizabeth (Miller) Headlee and William Ralph Headlee.
He was preceded in death by his brother, John William Headlee.
Jack is survived by his sister, Suellen Headlee Hill and her husband, David Hill, of Indian Run, Salem; and his nieces and nephews, Donald W. and Janet Hill, of Moneta, Virginia, Sandra and Scott Burnside, of Largo, Florida, Thomas Hill and Zach Milligan, of Morgantown, and Elizabeth Hill, of Salem.
Jack was cared for and loved by his wonderful family of caregivers at Clarksburg Nursing and Rehab, who contributed to his longevity and happiness over the years.
“Cracker Jack,” as he was fondly nicknamed, participated in the many activities offered and was fiercely independent in his routine. He never complained about his disability and always had a smile for everyone.
Jack’s kind nature was exemplified in his willingness to help educate students in the Fairmont State/Pierpont Community & Technical College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program. From 1998 through 2012, Jack would speak about his conditions to the students in the program’s Neurology class and allow them to practice various physical therapy techniques with him. His sense of humor, strength of character and fortitude impressed the students the most.
He was a member of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, when the family resided there from 1955 through 1982. Several cousins survive and live in the areas of Charles Town and Hagerstown, Bethesda, and Townsend, Maryland.
The Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will conduct a memorial service for Jack and other former residents at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the second floor dining room of the Center at 801 Davisson Run Road, Clarksburg.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Jack at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Chapel of the Pleasant View Memory Gardens, in Martinsburg, followed by the interment service at the family gravesite located there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “The Resident Council of Clarksburg Nursing & Rehab Center,” 801 Davisson Run Road, Clarksburg, WV 26301, 100 percent of which will be used for the benefit of the residents at the center.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family through www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com.
Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve Jack’s families.