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Gordon Hacker, Sr

July 11, 1923 ~ December 19, 2018 (age 95)


George Gordon Hacker, Sr. (Gordon), 95, passed away on December 19th, 2018. He was born on July 11th, 1923, in Kingston, NY, and was the only child of Marguerite Dolson Hacker and George Helmuth Hacker. His family moved to Stanley, NC, in 1928 where he made life-long friends and met his true love and future wife, Betty Wallace. 

Gordon served in the United States Marine Corps and then graduated from NC State University in 1948 with a major in Textile Management. He had begun working at Gaston County Dyeing Machine Co. as a teenage cleaner and sweeper. He returned to the company after college and went on to work there for over 50 years, serving as the Executive Vice President and General Manager. His work sometimes took him to points around the world, but he most enjoyed returning to his beloved “shop” and its employees. During his career in the textile machinery industry he served as President of the American Textile Machinery Association and was a member of the NC State University Textile Foundation. 

He began attending Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stanley as a child. He was a life-long and dedicated member, participating as a leader, council member, and Sunday-school teacher. He was also an active citizen in the Town of Stanley.  Over the years, he served as a town alderman, President of the Lions Club, and member of the local board of BB&T.

Family was very important to Gordon. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Betty Wallace Hacker. They were happily married for 72 years. Gordon is also survived by his children, Carol Hacker Evans and husband Bill of Fredericksburg, VA, and George Gordon Hacker, Jr., and wife Faye of Stanley, NC.  Also surviving are grandchildren Katherine Houser and husband Donald of Atlanta, GA, Caroline Dunavant and husband Dan of Birmingham, AL, Brett Hacker and wife Caroline of Greensboro, NC, and Jaimie Cline and husband Derrick of Dallas, NC. Five great-grandchildren, Will, Rennie, Dorsey, Anna, and Virginia also survive and were dear to him.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 28th,2:00 pm, at Christ’s Lutheran Church in Stanley.  The family will greet friends at a reception following the service.  Memorials may be made to Christ’s Lutheran Church, 203 South Main Street, Stanley, NC 28164.

Donations may be made to:

Christ's Lutheran Church
203 South Main Street, Stanley NC 28164

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