Mr. John Charles â€śJackâ€ť Nantz, Sr. of Greensboro died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.
Funeral will be 2:00 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Rehobeth United Methodist with burial to follow at Westminster Gardens.
Jack was born in 1919 to the late Joseph and Eulalia Nantz. He served with the United States Army Air Corps during WWII where he fought in the South Pacific most notably on the islands of Tinian, Saipan, Guam, and Eniwetok. He was also a graduate of Appalachian State University where he excelled in sports as the starting guard for the basketball team. As a result, his name is listed high on the â€śWall of Fameâ€ť at Kidd Brewer Stadium located on campus. Jackâ€™s image can also be found in the mosaic in the Charlotte Coliseum as a member of the Cannon Memorial YMCA basketball team. He went on to serve as the director of the Greensboro YMCA for more than thirty years. Mr. Nantz was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church. Along with basketball, Jack loved his gardening, growing fruit trees, woodworking, and golf.
He is preceded in death by grandchildren, Jessica Kendrick Nantz and Michael Brian Twitty; his brother, Harold Nantz and his sister, Hazel Dowless.
Mr. Nantz is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Doris Moore Nantz; children, John Nantz, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn of Greensboro; Julia Twitty and her husband, Mike; Jean Danaher and her husband, Roy all of Matthews, NC; and Harold Nantz and his wife, Judy of Melbourne, FL; grandchildren, Jake, Danielle, Heather, Jennifer, Michael, Derek, and Lindsay; and great-grandchildren, Maddi, Braxton, Matthew, and Karleigh.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday evening at George Brothers Funeral Service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rehobeth United Methodist Church, 4475 Rehobeth Church Road Greensboro, NC 27406.