Jimmy Stack, the first appointed director of schools for Cheatham County, died Oct. 4 after a long battle with amyloidosis. He was 72.

Stack was elected county superintendent of schools in 1992 and 1996 and then appointed to the position in 2000. He began teaching in Cheatham County in 1971 and also drove a school bus. Stack was selected for the 12-person inaugural class of the Cheatham County Education Hall of Fame announced last August.

Stack also was the head coach for the Cheatham County Central High School football team in 1986-1990. The Cubs made two state playoff appearances in that time.

According to his biography for the education hall of fame, as superintendent he oversaw the largest building program in the county’s history as four schools were built and/or renovated. He also served on the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents’ Board of Directors.

He is survived by his two sons, Jimmy Jr. (James H. Stack. Jr). and Brian (Michael Brian Stack). He is also survived by his brother, JT Adkins, sister, Betty Jo Cross, and brother, Johnny Stack.

Stack was born in Clarksville on Dec. 29, 1948 and grew up in Chapmansboro. He taught at Ashland City Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and his alma mater, Cheatham County Central High School (teaching algebra). He was chosen High School Teacher of the Year in 1991.

There will be a private celebration of life for his immediate family and close friends. The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to the Amyloidosis Foundation (www.amyloidosis.org). Amyloidosis is a rare disease that can affect the heart, liver and kidneys or other organs.

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