Thomas J. (Jack) Sheets

July 9, 2013 

Thomas J. (Jack) Sheets, 86, a resident of Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh, died July 6, 2013. He was a native of Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina and a longtime resident of Raleigh. He was the son of the late Oliver D. and Sue P. Sheets, of Fairview.

Jack served with the U.S. Army from late 1944 to 1946. He graduated from North Carolina State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1951 and Master’s Degree from that institution in 1954. He earned a Doctorate from the University of California (Davis) in 1959. He worked for several years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty, North Carolina State University, for 27 years before retirement in 1992. His research on pesticide residues in plants, soil, and water was widely recognized. He served as a member and as chair on the North Carolina Pesticide Advisory Committee from its beginning in 1972 until his retirement.

Jack was a member of Benson Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of several honorary, scientific, and fraternal organizations. He was a loyal member and past president of the Raleigh Host Lions Club and participated in many of the club’s charitable activities.

He is survived by Marie, his faithful, loving wife of 61 years; two daughters Susan Baker and husband, Leonard, of Wake County, NC and Nancy Thomas and husband, Scott, of Burlington; grandchildren, Jeff Wilson and wife, Kate, and Benjamin, Elizabeth, and Rebecca Thomas; a great grandson, Jackson Wilson; brother, Bob Sheets and wife, Bonnie, of Old Fort; sister, Jean Fink and husband, Mike, of Fairview; and brothers-in-law, Joe Middleton, of Linville Falls and David Bartlett, of Asheville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Oliver D. Sheets, Jr.; sisters, Frances Hull and husband, Bob, Patsy Bartlett, Shirley Middleton, and Sudie Wheeler and husband, Claude.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:00AM in the auditorium at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, with the Reverend Phyllis Mayo officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be at 2:30PM Wednesday, at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh.

The family would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Stewart Health Center at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Home for the excellent, kind, and loving care they gave to him and his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, or to the Raleigh (Host) Lions Club, 3200 Bush Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609.

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