AUGUSTA, Ga. - Reverend Jack E. Fuqua, Sr., beloved husband of Anita Fuqua, entered into rest Thursday, February 7, 2008.
Rev. Fuqua was born in Nashville, Tenn., on March 17, 1932, to Annie Mai Greer Fuqua and Haskell Luther Fuqua. Rev. Fuqua earned a baseball scholarship to David Lipscomb University in Nashville; there he received a B.S. degree in social studies and physical education with the desire to be a high school teacher and coach. He coached football, basketball, baseball and taught history and civics at various schools in Tennessee. He continued in the coaching and teaching field while attending Peabody-Vanderbilt University in pursuit of a M.A. degree in education. He received his M.A. degree in secondary school administration from Peabody-Vanderbilt. He continued teaching and coaching at various high schools including Darlington School in Rome, Ga. He was employed by Texaco, Inc., for 16 years. He felt the call to ministry at 46 years of age. He took a whole year, praying, seeking and investigating the possibilities of attending Seminary. He graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt (Oberlin) School of Divinity with a M. Div. degree with a major in pastoral counseling. He later obtained a Doctorate of Theology and was ordained as a Baptist Pastor by First Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. He then received a call as Pastor to Woodlawn Baptist Church in Rome, Ga., and served Darlington school as Chaplain, Coach and Bible Teacher. While there, he established the Darlington's first counseling program. He began working with Equifax, Inc., and joined the Martinez United Methodist Church in 1989. He was asked by District Superintendent to take a circuit of three churches in Warren County as a part-time local pastor. He enjoyed working with churches in Warren County, Camak, Macedonia and Mesena. He returned to Seminary and was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church at age 63 and became pastor at Burns United Methodist Church from 1995-1999. He retired due to health reasons in 1999. After one year of retirement, he was appointed to serve White Oak United Methodist Church in Appling, where he served from 2000 to 2004. He returned to Burns Memorial United Methodist Church to serve as Pastor Emeritus at the time of his death.
Funeral services were held at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2008 with Pastor Bill Burch officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife; sons Jennings Luther Fuqua, Spokane, Wash., William Denton Fuqua, Spokane, Wash., and Robert Christian Fuqua, Augusta; grandchildren, Margaret Anne Fuqua, Katie Fuqua, Marye Fuqua, Jessica Fuqua and Gabrielle Fuqua and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his son Jack E. Fuqua, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, Ga. 30906