Obituary for Jackie Vernon Hussey of Southern Pines

Jackie Vernon Hussey “Coach”, 82, of Southern Pines, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022.

Jack was born in Moore County to the late James Clyde and Lucille Moore Hussey.  He grew up in the Robbins community, where he attended Westmoore and Elise High School.  After graduation he attended Presbyterian Junior College and graduated from Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, playing basketball at both colleges.

Jack was an avid sports fan, he loved teaching and coaching football, baseball and basketball.  His career took him to Carthage High School, North Moore High School, Pinehurst Middle School, Southern Pines Middle School (where he met his wife, Marguerite) and Southview Junior High.  He impacted the lives of many students and athletics at each of these schools.  He retired in 1994, continuing his sports interest by refereeing and umpiring for the Southeastern Athletic Association (Fayetteville) and Mid State Association (Asheboro).

Jack was inspired by his good friend, Larry Marker, to participate in the Senior Games, which he grew to love for 23 years.  He attended National Games in Tucson, Orlando, Louisville and Virginia Beach.  He was honored to carry the torch in Greenville at the State Games.

Jack still made time for family, involving himself with special vacations and adventures with his children and his beloved grandchildren, whom he adored.  He truly loved being a grandfather, watching the children grow up.  He even shared his joy of working at the Southern Pines United Methodist Church food pantry with his grandchildren.

Of course, he loved sports!  North Carolina State was #1 in his heart.  Jack and Marguerite enjoyed great trips to many games and going to Alaska and Hawaii with NC State fans.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandparents:  Levi and Aggie Maness Hussey, Henry and Vandy Hussey Moore; sister Peggy Joyce Hussey; and many very dear aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jack is survived by his wife:  Marguerite Kurtz Hussey; her loving daughters: Jackie Kenworthy Enlund, Tracey Kenworthy Turner (Rick); grandchildren: Jordan, Dylan, Brandon, Hunter; uncle: Grady Hussey (who was like a Big brother to Jack); brothers in law: Howard Kurtz (Sue), Frank Kurtz; many dear cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 PM, Monday September 26, 2022 at Southern Pines United Methodist Church, with Reverend Tommy Sweeley and Pastor Elias Ballew officiating.  Burial will follow at Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 PM, Sunday September 25, 2022 at Kennedy Funeral Home.

The family would appreciate, for everyone’s safety, that masks be worn when attending all services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Pines United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, Disabled American Veterans, Alzheimer’s Association or First health Hospice.

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