James “David” Pack, 76, of Pearisburg, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Pearisburg.
David was born May 28, 1945, in Christiansburg, son of the late James Woodrow Pack and Catherine Jane Peach. He graduated from James Blair High School in Williamsburg in 1963. David served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 as an airplane mechanic. He left the service early to care for his mother and two siblings.
He lived with his family briefly in Baton Rouge, La., before moving to Front Royal, Va. He was an avid bowler and loved golfing, photography, and travel. David taught his sons Chris and Mark to have a strong work ethic, as well as many of the skills related to home ownership such as electrical work, plumbing, and building. He enjoyed traveling; taking leisurely drives; and spending time with his family. He was a past President of the Babe Ruth League.
David was a sprinkler fitter and worked for several prominent companies. He helped install sprinklers at the Library of Congress and the Manassas Mall. He retired from the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669. He would often take his sons to work with him. After retirement, he owned a tour bus company, where he enjoyed taking travelers to New York, Atlantic City, and other places. A few years ago, he took a cross-country trip in his Camaro with a friend, accomplishing one of his bucket list items.
He was known for his outgoing personality, his warm smile, and his quick wit. Like his sons, he grew to love cooking. In later years, he enjoyed working on vintage vehicles with his two step-sons, Aaron and Garrett. In recent years, he enjoyed traveling in his RV with his wife and his mother-in-law, and spending time as he could with family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife, Cynthia; his sister, Debora Byers; his brother, William Peach; and his granddaughter, Chelsea Kanatus.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife, Verna Sarver Pack; his mother-in-law, Virginia Evelyn Sarver; his brothers, Keith, Frederick, and Robert Peach; his sons, Christopher David and Mark William Pack (Janet); his step-sons, Aaron Atwood and Garrett Wymer; his grandsons, Ryan Kanatus, Zachary William Pack, and Tanner David Pack; and his granddaughter, Hannah Lynn Pack; a special cousin, Carolyn Roweland; and an uncle, Robert Barnett. The family would like to give special thanks to neighbors Jerry and Rita Palmer and also to the staff at Heritage Hall-Rich Creek.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in David’s honor to the American Cancer Society (David and several loved ones were survivors of cancer.) and/or the American Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be sent to the family.
A memorial service was held with family and close friends on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brian Burch and Pastor Jamie Hutton officiating. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.