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Jessie Lester Stacks

September 7, 1956 - May 17, 2013

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Jessie Lester (“J.L.”) Stacks, 56, passed away to be with his Heavenly Father on May 17, 2013. He was in the loving company of his family at Hospice of Wake County.

J.L. was born in Mooresville, NC, on September 7, 1956, to the late Clyde Wilson Stacks and Gertrude Autry Stacks. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Jean Lancaster Stacks; his children, Claudia Elizabeth Stacks, Parker Wilson Stacks, and David Yaroslav Stacks; his brother and his wife, C.W. and Leslie Stacks; and by his sister and her husband, Vickie and David Shallcross. Also surviving J.L. are Jean's family, Claude Dillard and Annie Rebecca Lancaster (parents), Ginger Shields (sister), Beth and Mark Caraway (sister and her husband) and numerous nieces and nephews.

J.L.'s life was epitomized by strong character, gentlemanly behavior, and an unwavering integrity that he believed was obtainable by all. He loved people—family, colleagues, friends, and strangers alike. In his professional life, his constant endeavor was educating himself so that he could best serve his clients. He treated life itself as an open-door classroom, and he felt responsible to others for the trust they placed in him—a trust he always fulfilled.

J.L. was an interesting, multifaceted man. Raised in Davidson, NC, he graduated from North Mecklenburg High School. He was an outstanding athlete who for three years played #1 on the tennis team of his Alma mater, Florida Southern College. J. L.'s success led him to reach the finals of the NC Adult Closed Tennis Championship in 1985. After graduating from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Business Administration where he was elected into the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, J. L. pursued his love of tennis by becoming the head tennis pro at country clubs in Birmingham, AL; New Orleans, LA; Gainesville, FL; and Raleigh, NC. Always a student of people, he developed friendships with club members that led to his second career in the financial sector. J.L. joined Robinson-Humphrey in 1988 and was invited to join Scott & Stringfellow in 1994 to help form its Raleigh, NC, office. He obtained the designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist and was named a Senior Vice President with Scott & Stringfellow. In 2008, an Advisor Board was created at Scott & Stringfellow, and J.L., known for his unwavering ethics and integrity, was chosen to serve on that board.

After his tennis career, J. L. developed a love of golf. He enjoyed a competitive 18 holes of golf, and the camaraderie with his friends at the 19th hole, especially at North Ridge Country Club. J.L. had many close friends, who describe him as someone likely to pop up anywhere, anytime, doing any number of things efficiently and with a purpose—and always with a smile demonstrating his love of life and his belief that it is important to be with people and experience life together. He is deeply missed, remembered with love, and has left an indelible mark on all those who knew him.

The family would like to say a special thanks to UNC hospital oncology staff, Rex Cancer Center, Rex Hospital, nurses and staff, and especially Dr. Jeff Crane, his oncologist as well as his friend.

J. L. had desired to personally write thank you notes to all of you who not only took care of him with gifts, cards, texts, and meals, but also those who looked after his wife and family while he was battling his illness.

The family will receive visitors at Renaissance Funeral Home at 7 pm on Monday, May 20. A service of worship and celebration of J. L.’s life will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 21, at Grace Community Church, 6561 Meridian Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27616. The service will be conducted by the Rev. John Ulrich, the Rev. Murry Haber, and Chris Sasser.

The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be directed to the Missions Fund of Grace Community Church, or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC, 27607.
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Ana
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June 15, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4 states "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.
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Kim Brinson Willis
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June 3, 2013
So sorry to read of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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leslie walton
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May 21, 2013
Jean, I am so very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Having fought the cancer battle with Camille, I can understand how challenging and exhausting it is not only for the patient, but for all those who love him,or her, as well. May this season of grief also bring a time of rest and peace for you and the kids. With love and prayers, Leslie Walton
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Michael Davis
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May 21, 2013
Jean: I am so sorry to hear about JL's passing. I haven't seen you guys in awhile, but will always remember what a great guy JL was. You and your family will be in my prayers.
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Kim Mangum Carle
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May 20, 2013
Jean, May God provide you and your family comfort and understanding. May he be your strength and refuge. Love you! Kim
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Wendy Clark
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May 20, 2013
We are praying for your family at this difficult time.

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Psalm 119:76
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Trish Kirkland-Brown
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May 20, 2013
I read the obituary for J.L. What a tribute to this remarkable man. I did not know him personally but I try to read all of the obituaries for the BB&T Family. It was a pleasure to read about your loved one. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I pray that you find comfort in knowing he is now with Christ.
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Terri Northcutt
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May 20, 2013
J.L was such a man of integrity. He was recommended to me at least 20 years ago and was always intelligent and helpful. Please know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
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Cheryl Wickham
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May 20, 2013
I first met J.L. when I joined Shearson as a wire operator in 1989 and missed him when he joined Scott and Stringfellow. He had a welcoming way about him and was always patient with me as a new joiner to the firm. We became great friends and he was always willing to teach me things about the trading system that I did not know. I loved his smile and his bowties! I often ran into J.L. after he joined Scott and Stringfellow at lunch. He always took the time to speak to me and I enjoyed catching up on what our families were up to. We have lost a tender sweet soul, he had a way of making all of us strive to be better people. I will miss J.L. greatly. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and would like to extend my condolences.
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Madonna Johnson
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May 20, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about JLs passing. He was such a nice gentlemen with a smile always on his face. My condolences.
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