Jack Vines, 89, of Vilas NC, passed away Saturday April 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. A native of Watauga County, he was born December 27, 1929. Jack was a colorful character; known for his big smile and sense of humor. His knowledge of horses made him well known throughout the county and across the state. He made friends wherever he went from horse pulls and rodeos to NASCAR across the country.
Jack was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Watauga County and began his life long career as a professional truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Nell Tester Vines. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Laura Vines. He is survived by his children Kay Vines, Connie Knight and husband Gary, Cathy Waters and husband Rusty, Jackie Vines, Tim Vines and wife Pam and Brad Vines; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Glada Hayes, Ronald Greer, Peggy McKinney, Bob Vines, Bill Vines, Marlene Church and Jerry Vines.
A gathering of family and friends for Jack will be Tuesday evening, April 9, from 6 until 8 PM at Austin and Barnes. Burial will be private.
The family respectfully requests no food and no flowers.
Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vines family.