NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Jacqueline "Jackie" Bates McIntyre, age 85, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Newport News.
Jackie was born on Nov. 10, 1934, in Clifton. She attended Cowpens High School, where she played basketball, was a cheerleader and participated in the stenographer, homemaker and beta clubs. Jackie met her future husband, Thomas "Tom" Kirkland McIntyre of Chesnee, when they were juniors in high school and both of them were seeking election as president of the Spartanburg County National Beta Club. Although Tom won the election, afterwards the two would meet at the Beacon Drive-In for what would be their first date. Following high school, Jackie worked as an office clerk during the day for the Protective Life Insurance Co. in Spartanburg and at night attended Cecil's Business College. She and Tom married in 1953. Tom graduated from college in 1956 and the family moved to El Paso, Texas, where Tom served for two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss. In 1958, the family moved to Boiling Springs. There, Jackie was active in school Parent Teacher Association (PTA) activities, serving as vice president and creating numerous crafts and jars of blackberry jelly for sale during fundraisers. She also served as leader of the local Girl Scout Cadettes. In 1974, the family moved to Dalzell, where Jackie worked as an administrative assistant, instructor and later as office manager at Shaw Technical College (now Central Carolina Technical College). With the family nest nearly empty, Jackie and Tom moved to Weaverville, North Carolina, in 1988. There, Jackie worked in the admissions office at Mars Hill College, until retiring in 1990. Following her husband's death, Jackie moved to Hampton, Virginia, in 2013 and lived with her son, Tom, and daughter-in-law, Brenda, before transitioning into assisted living in 2018.
A breast cancer survivor, Jackie enjoyed the outdoors, flowers of all kinds, jigsaw puzzles, assorted puzzle books, the "Lawrence Welk Show," being around her family and chatting with friends over coffee. She will be remembered most for being a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all those whose lives she touched.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Susan Coppage from "A Place for Mom" and to the staff of the MorningSide of Newport News and the Interim Healthcare Hospice for the loving and compassionate care they provided Jackie.
Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; father, Marcus Erwin Bates; mother, Esther Carlington Brown Bates; two brothers, Marcus Erwin Bates Jr. and Billy Gene Bates; and two sisters, Laura Leticia Bates Parrish and Mary Ann Bates Sanders.
Jackie is survived by three children, Thomas McIntyre Jr. (Brenda) of Hampton, Edwin McIntyre (Dee) of Cary, North Carolina, and Nancy McIntyre of Lubbock, Texas; four grandchildren, Christy Pellicer (Donnie), Scott McIntyre, Sarah Tuttle and Edwin Tyler McIntyre; four step-grandchildren, Eric Fletcher, Mary Myers (Kyle), Damien Williams (Ashley) and Martin Williams (Morgan); five great-grandchildren, Tyler McIntyre, Thomas Troy McIntyre, Makayla Powers, Jude Pellicer and Juni Pellicer; and four step-great-grandchildren, Madeline Myers, Fletcher Myers, Dillon Williams and Dahlia Heller.
The family will receive friends for a celebration of Jackie's life from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration for donations to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home of Hampton is in charge of arrangements.
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