James Hetherington

March 29, 1944December 10, 2012

James "Jim" George Hetherington, Jr. passed away on December 10, 2012. He fought a brave fight against cancer but is now at peace. He was born March 29, 1944 in Boston, Mass and was the son the late James George Hetherington, Sr. and Barbara Allen Hetherington. Mr. Hetherington graduated from Cushing Academy in Mass and then graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an engineering degree. He was on the board of the Southern Textile Association and the board of North Carolina Textile Association. He worked for many years as an engineer and sales representative for Platt Saco Lowell, American Suessen and Atkins Machinery Company. Mr. Hetherington served and fought in the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient for his acts of bravery on the battlefield. He also received other medals and awards while in the military that depict his determination in fighting for freedom: the army commendation medal, Vietnam service medal and the bronze star, national defense service award and sharpshooter badge and rifle bar. Jim was a wonderful family man who loved doing things with his two children and attending any function they were involved. He cheered his daughter Sarah as she competed in many horse competitions and encouraged his son, Brian as he worked toward becoming and Eagle Scout. Jim was also an Eagle Scout. His dry sense of humor made all those around him laugh. He was an avid sailor and past Commodore at Peninsula Yacht Club and spent much of his free time on Lake Norman. Each weekend, you could find Jim working on his boat or helping others work on theirs. The lake was his second love and considered his boat his second home. Surviving Mr. Hetherington is his wife of 33 years, Valerie MacKinnon Hetherington; son, Brian Hetherington and daughter-in-law, Katherine Baggott Hetherington and new grand-daughter, Elizabeth Nolan Hetherington of Charlotte, NC; his daughter, Sarah Hetherington Kenny and son-in-law, T.J. Kenny of Missouri. In addition, he is survived by brother-in-law, William Gerald (W.G.) MacKinnon and wife, Sandra MacKinnon and sister-in-law, Pamela Lackey and husband, Mack Lackey; nephews: Mark MacKinnon and wife, Portia MacKinnon, Jason Lackey and nieces: Wendy MacKinnon Hadley and husband, John Hadley and Amanda Lackey; grand-nieces: Ella and Sallie Hadley; Grayson Lackey and great-nephews, Walker and Spencer MacKinnon. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Sardis Presbyterian Church following a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270 or LUNGevity, 435 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 310, Chicago, IL 60654. McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.


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December 19, 2012

Valerie, prayers are with you and all of your family. Sherry Griffin Jones

carter allen

December 15, 2012

Jim, was a great guy, I knew him well in the late 70's thru mid 80;s He could almost flnd something amusing at almost anything My heart goes out to Valerie and family. Carter Allen

December 15, 2012

What a great guy,my heart goes out to Valerie and kids. Carter Allen

December 14, 2012

I has the pleasure of working with Jimfor many years. Will miss his dry wit and sense of humor. He was dedicated to our industry and worked hard to make a positve impact on everyone he worked with.

Dan Nation ( Parkdale )

Susan Lackey

December 14, 2012

Bab and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Jim was always so kind and warm to us. He will truly be missed.
Nancy Redding, Susan & Grayson Lackey

December 13, 2012

Jim was our M dock friend. We will miss him greatly.
love Mark & Mary Beth Bardo

danny plemmons

December 13, 2012

we were greatly saddened to hear of jims passing. we'll miss his visits and sense of humor. we worked together for several years and jim was kind enough to take my place in 05 for the itma in singapore. jim was a good man and i considered him a friend. may god give your family peace and comfort during these difficult times

Jim & Mary Jo Stuart

December 13, 2012

We knew Jim through the Yacht Club and he was so kind to us when we were new members and new to racing sailboats. Jim was always there (with a smile) to make sure we knew where to go and what to do, he introduced us to people and invited us on his boat. My husband Jim even had the honor of crewing for him in a race, an experience he's always treasured. He was such a great guy and will be SO MISSED.

Beverly Sparrow

December 13, 2012

I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Jim. I will not be able to attend the service today. The whole Hetherington family is in my thoughts and prayers. I love you all.

Bev Coppley

December 13, 2012

Sorry to hear of Mr. Hetherington's passing. He was a close colleague and friend of my dad, Charles Bowyer. I also just realized in reading the obituary the relationship with the Lackeys, who were friends of ours at Broad Street UMC. I send my love to all. - Rev. Bev Coppley, Winston-Salem, NC