Jimmy Donald Stack, 83, of Camden, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest with his Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Donald, Don, Daddy, Deedaddy, Chief, Jim and Stack are all the names by which we know him, each with special meaning. He had been in good health most of his life until June of this year when he had surgery to remove some cancer. The large impact of that surgery along with the onset of congestive heart failure and other complications lead to his passing while in the Lexington Medical Center.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Anne Cain Stack; his three children, Donna (“J”) Thompson, James (Charlotte) Stack and Patrick (Susan) Stack; his six adored grandchildren, Jim (Sara) Thompson, Daniel (Sarah) Thompson, Kevin Crumpton, Susie Stack, Katie Stack and Emily Stack; and his three great grandchildren, Caira Crumpton, James W. Thompson, V and Anna Thompson. To his grands and great grands, he was affectionately known as “Deedaddy” or “Dee.”
Don was born on Feb. 20, 1932 in Stanley County, N.C. to the late Bessie and James O. Stack. He is also survived by all four of his siblings Mildred Yost, Dillon (Norma) Stack, Tony (Gail) Stack and Efird Stack as well as nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, all of whom he enjoyed seeing grow up.
Don and Ethel married on Nov. 3, 1951. In three weeks Don and his lifelong love would have had 64 years together. He joined the army in 1952 and faithfully served his country for twenty years. He fought in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During his Army entrance interview he was asked his choice of occupation, which was the signal corps, based on his prior experience. He was then told that based on his stature he was going to be in the Military Policy to which he replied “then why’d you ask me.” He was privileged to do a myriad of things during his U.S. Army years as an MP including being a plain clothes detective, being a drill sergeant, assisting officers on journeys and escorting dignitaries, including President Eisenhower. He was a passionate soldier who not only did what he was asked to do. He also led others well, and cared for them in the process. One soldier said, “SFC Stack trained us to want to succeed and not accept failure.”
After retiring from the military, Don, Ethel and their three children moved to Camden where he was employed with DuPont Company for 17 years. During the past 40 plus years, Camden had become home to him in every way. Family and friends meant the world to him. Until this past summer, he bought peaches in McBee multiple times each year. He enjoyed them, and always bought some for his siblings, his children and many other people that he loved. Though the past few years included some physical limitations, his big heart, his gentle caring, his quick wit, and his library of stories made his relationships with those he loved deeper still.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.
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