James McGee Lackey "Jim" CHARLOTTE - James McGee "Jim" Lackey, 77, also known as C.O.L.D. (Charlotte's Oldest Living Drummer) of Charlotte passed away on March 9, 2013. Mr. Lackey is survived by six children, Jay, Todd and wife Karla, Geoff and wife Audrey, Josh and wife Sarah, Janet and husband Vince, and Taylor and wife Brittany. He was the proud grandfather of six; Tim, Dominic, Jack, Ethan, Lila, and Sarah. He is also survived by nieces, Sarah and Shannon, nephew, Zack, and a maternal aunt, Jean King. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Taylor. Mr. Lackey was born on March 5, 1936 in Lincolnton, NC to the late Vivian Guy and Mary Barlow Lackey. His love for music and drums began at age 14, and would prove to be his life's passion. He attended Hickory High School, served in the U.S. Navy
from 1954-1956, then attended Lenoir Rhyne College. Jim performed with the likes of Loonis McGlohon and the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Ray McKinley, among many others. Jim was a pioneer of Jazz Music in the area and a beloved member of the music family at The Cajun Queen for more than 25 years. He was, and will continue to be an inspiration to drummers and Jazz musicians across the country. A visitation service will be held Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and a funeral will be held Thursday, March 14 at Noon, both at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 7407 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. The funeral service will be presided by The Reverend J.A. Harbinson and The Reverend Dr. Jeff Pinkston. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Steele Creek Presbyterian Church Music Department or to Community School of the Arts, 345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 to establish a scholarship for a "Jim Lackey Outstanding Jazz Student Award". J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is assisting his family.