The entire Fork Union community today mourns the passing last night of Jack Feathers at age 88.
Jack was a longtime FUMA faculty & staff member, father of Brian, Rick, Rob, and the late Scott Feathers—all FUMA alumni, and grandfather of FUMA alumni Daniel, Dylan, & Kyle.
Jack served as assistant to the Dean, Director of Summer School, as well an instructor and coach. He was also a lifetime member of the Fluvanna County Fire Department & Rescue Squad. Jack and his late wife Donna lived lives of service to Fork Union Military Academy, to Fork Union Baptist Church where Jack sang in the choir, and to their county and community at large. They were both role models to many.
Jack E. Feathers, 88, of Farmville, VA, formerly of Fork Union, VA, died on Friday, June 10, 2022 following a lengthy illness. He was born on April 25, 1934 in Altoona, PA, the son of Chester and Hazel (Ritchey) Feathers.
Jack was a graduate of The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media, PA and received graduate degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. Jack served in the U.S. Army as a surveying instructor in the Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir. His lifetime work was as a mathematics instructor and coach at Fork Union Military Academy, where he then served as the assistant academic dean and the director of summer school at the Academy prior to his retirement.
Active in community activities, Jack was a Lifetime Member of both the Fluvanna Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Fluvanna Fire Department. As a Virginia State Fire Instructor, he taught General Firemanship courses and the Emergency Medical Technician course to both residents of Fluvanna County and to cadets at the Academy. Jack had been trained as a brickmason at Williamson and was rightly proud of the many masonry projects he contributed to in his Fork Union community. He served as a deacon at the Fork Union Baptist Church and sang in the church choir. Upon his move to Farmville five years ago, Jack joined Heritage Baptist Church, where he also sang in the choir.
Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Donna, a son, Scott, a brother, Harris, and his beloved granddaughter, Erin Lee. He is survived by his sons Richard (Cynthia) of Colorado Springs, CO, Rob (Karen) of Farmville, VA, and Brian (Amy) of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also survived by his sister, Nancy, of Troy, VA, his seven grandchildren (Jackson, Daniel, Dylan, Kyle, Diana, Scott, and Cellene) and three great-grandchildren (Wyatt, Cooper, and Wren).
The family will gather together at a later date to celebrate Jack’s life of service and devotion.
Memorials may be made in Jack’s memory to the Williamson College of the Trades, 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063.