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NGU Alumnus, Benefactor, Trustee, and Former Administrator Dies at 71

Tigerville, SC (August 24, 2020) Jacks Berner Tingle, North Greenville Class of 1969, of Tigerville, died on Saturday, August 22, at the age of 71. Born in Clinton, he was the son of Doris Moore Tingle and the late Rev. Neal Mines Tingle.

Tingle formerly owned and operated Omega Food Services, a Burger King franchise. He served as executive director of development at North Greenville University (NGU) from 2001-2005. Before his role in development, he was a member of NGU’s Board of Trustees from 1990-1995 and 1996-2001, serving as chairman for two years.

The Tingle family significantly supported NGU capital projects such as the Horton-Tingle Residence Hall, the Jacks and Deborah Tingle Student Life Center, NGU’s Athletic Complex, the Hayes Fine Arts Center, as well as other facilities and programs. They were members of NGU’s Crusader Club.

 “Jacks Tingle was a beloved figure at North Greenville for most of his life. He and Deborah, along with their families, invested their time, talent, and treasure here because they loved students so much and wanted for them to understand the life-changing power of faith in Christ,” said Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We are prayerful for the family at this time, even as we know that Jacks is at peace and has seen his Savior face-to-face! We are grateful for the hope of the resurrection and the great reunion all believers will one day experience in Christ.”

Jacks’ active involvement with North Greenville followed the example set by his parents. His father, Neal, worked for the college for many years. Neal organized and ran the first physical plant at North Greenville and served as director of maintenance for 13 years. He and his wife raised their family on the North Greenville campus. Doris taught biology at  the college for 30 years.

Speaking on behalf of his family at the dedication of the Horton-Tingle Residence Hall on Founders Day in 1997, Jacks referred to the lyrics of the song “Lead Me, Lord.” He related that the words of the song are the heart, soul, and attitude of a founder. At his request, the song was sung in the Founders Day chapel service as a tribute the founders of the college, and to his mother and father. He praised his parents for having the attitude and spirit to go where the Lord led them as they served at North Greenville.

“I believe that the founders of North Greenville College laid a strong foundation and established an uncompromising heritage of faith,” he said, adding, “I am thankful that my family name has been associated with North Greenville College for 40 years and am happy to have had a part of the heritage of faith.”

He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville. He previously was a member of Locust Hill Baptist Church for 25 years, serving as a deacon, youth teacher, Sunday School teacher, and leader of numerous Bible studies.

Surviving in addition to his mother is his wife of 51 years, Deborah Stewart Tingle; one son, Stewart Jacks “Jack” Tingle; two daughters, Erin Few (David) and Jessica Richey (Bob); three brothers, Neal “Rusty” Tingle (Kathy), Tony Tingle and Sam Tingle (Crystal); one sister, Lucy Dean (Butch) and five grandchildren, Ellory Tingle, Emma Few, Jake Few, Audrey Richey and Mac Richey.

Along with his father, he was predeceased by a grandson, Ethan Tingle.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, at Tigerville Baptist Church, located on North Tigerville Road in Tigerville. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Because of COVID-19, face coverings are encouraged.

Memorials may be made in memory of Jacks to North Greenville University, Office of Advancement, Post Office Box 1892, Tigerville, SC 29688, or online at www.ngu.edu/memorial.

A wreath is placed in his memory at the entrance of the Jacks and Deborah Tingle Student Life Center on the university’s Tigerville campus.

Photo: Jacks Tingle with his wife Deborah at an Auxilio meeting in 2012.


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