OBITUARY: Jack Vines, 89

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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.

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Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Vines family.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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