James Blount Slack, Sr.
August 13, 1934 – January 4th, 2021
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
The sun has set for James Slack, 86 years of age from Emerald Isle. He passed at home peacefully with his family by his side. Known as Jim, he was addressed affectionately as “Dr. Slack” or “Doc” in and around coastal North Carolina. He will be remembered as a great father, husband, mentor to many and an outdoorsman who found his greatest passion to be Fly Fishing locally and around the world. He is survived by his wife Doris G. McEwen of Lumberton and their two children Jennifer G Slack of Cedar Point, James Slack Jr. of Dana Point CA, and his sister Carolyn Daughtrey of Greenville NC.
As a Dentist and graduate of the School of Dentistry at UNC Chapel Hill, class of 1967, Jim had a tremendous impact as an active member of the North Carolina Dental Society. Currents that flow encouraged him to settle in, Onslow County and partner with Wayne C. Anderson of Anderson & Slack Family Dentistry. He loved his patients, helping others and all who worked with him and by his side.
Life time achievements for Jim were not measured by title, status or role but rather ones commitment to do and be present. “Slackisms” as we call them, refer to the quick witted tag lines that define a moment and simplified difficult choices. “The train is at the Station”, Jim was that guy who encouraged you get on board. If you had trouble affording the ticket or didn’t know how to navigate the situation, he’d have a solution or new somebody somewhere who could help. He always emphasized that we have choices in life. Bar none, the greatest decision he ever made was, marrying Doris G. McEwen as their marriage remained steadfast for 56 years. Together it’s been a great ride.
As perfectionist in a “doer’s body”, Jim was a founding member of costal hunting/fishing Club know has Crow Hill, established in 1979. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Pantego NC, he applied years of knowledge towards land management will help assure wetlands will be preserved and managed for many years to come. He oversaw waterfowl programs for ducks, geese and wanted to assure sustainable fisheries and fishing practices here and abroad. His personal impact was always Hook-n-line, Catch-n-relase and the joy of knowing that small and big fish will live on.
With a 5weight 7’6” fly-rod in hand, he found eternal joy commanding Large mouth Bass to inhale top water Flys (small poppers) off the surface of still waters. The reaction takes a milli-second, one has to be fast, barbless hooks only. A singular connection with nature.
Expanding his knowledge for fisheries, Jim enjoyed taking many trips to Alaska where the flow of rivers formed friendships, bent rods and formed memories baring witness to the yearly return of Salmon across pristine areas such as Bristol Bay and the Ayakulik River deep in the heart of remote Kodiak Island. Rainbow, Steelhead, King, Brown, Dolly Varden, and even Halibut were part of his experience. But, the majestic stare of a Costal Brown Bear merely feet away with no protection truly allows one to say he’s not only witnessing but a part of nature.
Our fathers’ cup and life runneth over with adventure, success, struggles, hardships, joy and eternal friends. Always sweat tea, with lots of lemon.
In lieu of flowers donations in his name can be made to the
Wounded Warriors Project (woundedwarriorproject.org)
1990 Fordham Dr Suite 100, Fayetteville, NC 28304
Coastal Conservation Association (ccanc.org)
NC, 4809 Hargrove Rd. #123, Raleigh NC 27616
Save Bristol Bay (savebristolbay.org)
3105 Lake Shore Drive, 102B, Anchorage Alaska 99517
Our heartfelt thanks go out to 3HC for their dedication, efforts, and compassion extended over the last year. We also a thank all who have assisted with in home care.
A gathering of friends and family to share fellowship will be held later in the year as we navigate an end to the pandemic.
This weekend, a private family service will be held on Saturday January the 9th at 2:00 PM in Swansboro, N.C.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville, N.C.
Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at jonesfh.org