Jack Mancel McCauley, 83, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Jack was the son of the late Albert Martin and Annie Long McCauley of Chapel Hill. Along with his parents, Jack is preceded in death by his sister, Annie Lee, and brothers, Albert, William, Eugene, Horace and Sam McCauley.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jean Cashion McCauley, as well as five children, Pamela and husband, Dr. Barry Dowell of Mundelein, Ill., Jack McCauley Jr. and wife, Elaine, of Walnut, Calif., Sandy and husband, Tony Joy, of Elkridge, Md., Marty McCauley and wife, Lauren, of Rock Hill and Brenda and husband, Al Owens, of LaGrange, N.C. Jack is survived by seven grandchildren who loved him dearly, Rachel Thrash, Charlie Dowell, Lauren Joy, David Joy, Cash McCauley, John Martin Owens and Shannon Owens. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, William Dowell, Joshua Dowell, Sherry Dowell, Alex Thrash and Megan Thrash.
Jack was a devoted husband and a dedicated friend. He was born and raised in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he met the love of his life, Jean, in high school. Jack attended UNC Chapel Hill and Brevard College, where he lettered in three sports. He was called to duty by the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson. After his years of service, he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting. Jack worked for ESSO/Exxon for over thirty years. Upon retirement, Jack fulfilled his lifelong dream of building a thriving cattle farm in Lancaster. He was an active member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church and Tabernacle United Methodist Men. In the community, Jack was well known for coaching and refereeing local sports, teaching underprivileged children how to swim, and going on a mission trip to Belize. In his free time, he enjoyed his memberships with the Beekeeper's Association, Master Gardner's Club, and the Lancaster County Cattlemen's Association. His ingenuity on the farm earned him numerous awards including the 2012 Conservation Farmer of the Year, a title which he held dearly. Above all, Jack was a hard working man who cared deeply for his wife, family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services for Jack McCauley will be held at 11 a,n, Thursday, Nov. 15, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Lancaster.
The family will receive friends prior to the funeral at 10 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Jack and Jean McCauley Scholarship fund at Brevard College, 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28172; or to Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 5908 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster, SC 29720.