John (“Jake”) Kilgore Jolliff, 84 of Raleigh, died Monday, December 1, 2014. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 5 at 2:00 pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh. Family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service. There will be a private interment at Raleigh Memorial Park.
Born in Petersburg, VA, Jake was the son of the late Elliott Corwith Jolliff and Ethel H. Steere Jolliff. He was a 1950 graduate in Industrial Engineering and member of the Pershing Rifles while in the Corps at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Go Hokies!
Jake served over 30 years at American Enka near Asheville rising from the mailroom to Vice-President. He managed textile plants in Tennessee and North Carolina before leading corporate operations. He and his wife Gwen later owned and successfully operated Groff’s Wallcoverings in Raleigh for over fifteen years.
Jake is survived by his wife of eight years, Joan (“JJ”) Jolliff, his sister Mary George Smith of Lynchburg, VA, his daughters and sons-in-law Dr. Deborah J. Smith (Dwight) of Goldsboro, and Diana J. Clarke (Bruce) of Raleigh. Jake was proud of his five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four step-children, ten step-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Gwendolyn Berry Jolliff, his brothers Bruce and Charles and his sister Ethel Carr.
Jake was a lifelong Rotarian and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Raleigh Club in 2013. He lived the Four Way Test in every way and started the tradition of singing at each meeting. Jake leaves a legacy of love and service to his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Rotary Club of North Raleigh, P.O. Box 17724, Raleigh, NC 27609.