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It is with great sadness that the family of Jackie Jack Lane Greenhaw announces his passing on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the age of 73 years.

A native of Athens, Alabama, Jack graduated from Athens High School then went on to attend Athens State College (now Athens State University) where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters in Educational Administration. Jack also completed an Associate of Arts in Education certificate from Auburn University. As a coach, teacher, and administrator, Jack spent many of his years serving the youth and families of the community at Tanner High School (1966-1973), Athens High School (1973), Hazel Green High School (1974-1975), Sparkman High School (1975-1976), and Madison County Tech Center (1976-1997).

Jack was involved in several professional leadership positions and organizations. He served on the Athens City Board of Education (1983-1988) and was appointed as chairman in 1986-1987. Along with this responsibility, he served as a member of the Alabama School Board Association. He served as a member and President of the Athens City Schools Foundation, and as President of the Alabama Personnel & Guidance Association. He was awarded with Lifetime Membership for District I VICA and District I FBLA. Other organizations in which he was involved include: Alabama Education Association, National Education Association, Alabama Vocational Association, National Vocational Association, Alabama High School Athletic Association, and the Madison and Limestone County Coaches Associations.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jack served his community through various civic organizations. Jack was a member of Athens Rotary Club since 2000 and was appointed as president in 2003-2004. In 2009, he was honored as the recipient of the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow award. He also held the position of President of the Council on Aging in 2007-2008. He served on the board of several organizations including, Advisory Board of the Arts Council, CASA, United Way, and Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame. He also was a member of the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce and was honored by being named Citizen of the Year in 2010.

Because of his involvement in the conception and formation of the Athens City School Foundation, his pursuit of excellence in the school system, and his development of resources that increased funding for exemplary educational programs, Jack was honored earlier this year with a designated area to be named in his honor in the new Athens High School facility.

Jack was well-known for performing as an actor and emcee. He participated in Poke Sallet Follies, a yearly variety show benefiting the Limestone County Council on Aging, for 20 years, even serving as director. Jack wrote, produced, and directed several poignant theatrical productions honoring local veterans including: Victory Over Japan, Korea: The War ForgottenÂ…Remembered, and Vietnam: More Than Just a Name. In addition, he created Together We Stand, a moving production honoring local law enforcement. Jack also contributed to the community as an emcee for countless events.

Jack has been a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Athens. There he has served faithfully as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen (Miller), his children: Sparkle Greenhaw, Summer and Neal Christopher, Paige and Jason McCracken, and his grandchildren: Aidan, Anselm, Sibyl, and Josephine. He will also be dearly remembered by his sister Ginger Murphy and her husband, Reitzel, his sisters-in-law, Linda Morton and her husband Dave, Frances Forehand and her husband Mike, and by his aunt, Edna Greenhaw. Jack will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Lorene (Griggs) Greenhaw.

Visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 4:00-8:00pm, and a Memorial Service celebrating the life of Jack will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00amboth at First Baptist Church of Athens. The Rev. Joe Teal will officiate the Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack may be made to Hospice of Limestone County, First Baptist Church of Athens, or the Alabama Veterans Museum.
Published on June 29, 2017
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