Timothy Clark Hackett, his life was well lived and he was well loved. Tim will be remembered for the things that were important to him, his faith, his family, and his friends. He had a servant’s heart, always willing to lend a helping hand. A truly good man who lived a life of integrity, respected by all. A man of honor and a man of his word, deliberate in what he said so that he was accurate and thoughtful before speaking. And of course, Tim’s humor and “Dad jokes” kept everyone entertained.
First and foremost, he was a man of faith and lived it in every aspect of his life. He served as a Gideon, led church bible studies, men’s groups, and was an active prayer warrior. He considered himself a “fishers of men.” And looked forward to God saying “well done, good and faithful servant.”
Second only to his Lord and Savior, Tim loved his family, his “girls” – beloved wife, Heather, sharing 40 years together, and cherished daughter, Carlene Jeanette. He protected and took care of them having many adventures and experiences. He loved his new son-in-law Alex Crowe, his brother Daniel and sister-in-law Patty, and his late brother Scott, of Asheville, North Carolina; Heather’s brothers and sisters and their families, his dear mother-in-law, Karlene, his late father-in-law Don; and his Clark family; they all filled his life. He had a zeal for his Irish heritage and enjoyed connecting with the large Hackett clan on Facebook. He was sentimental, never missing an occasion to send flowers, write incredible cards, and celebrate others. His nephews and nieces adored him because he was kind, fun and spent time with them.
Tim had friends from all walks of life, who enriched his time and made him a better man. You were fortunate if you had Tim Hackett as a friend, he cared and prayed for you. He cared about his neighbors wanting to know and help them, creating a sense of community, sharing his gift as a landscape architect and gardener making not only his yard but the entire neighborhood more beautiful from his efforts. He shared his passion for space, watching in person many Challenger and SpaceX launches and bringing people together to watch from our patios.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was raised in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Dykes High School in Atlanta where he played varsity soccer and was a member of the Drama Club. He really enjoyed staying connected to his ‘68 classmates on Facebook, it was meaningful part of his life.
Growing up he spent every summer at his grandparents in Pompano Beach, Florida learning to work with his hands alongside his admired Grandpa Clark. He learned as a young boy how to fix and do anything which served him well all his years. He also learned and became an avid fisherman and boater which provided him great joy his whole life.
Tim loved Clemson, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. As a family it was a huge part of our lives, enjoying tailgating at every game and attending all of their national football championships from 1981 on. He served on committees in the department, created a specific LinkedIn building construction group, and led the Treasure Coast Clemson Alumni Club. He infused the Orange Blood in Heather and Carly, who proudly followed in her dad’s footsteps as a Clemson grad.
Tim was a hard worker and loved the construction industry, having an illustrious and diverse building career of quality development from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of Florida, with long stops in between in South Carolina and Virginia; building award-winning luxury community developments, residential military base housing, data technology centers, and commercial projects like The Ball Park of the Palm Beaches. His projects took him to many of the best places in the southeast: Beech Mt., Harbour Town, Myrtle Beach, and as Vice President of Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Florida which receive an Award of Excellence in planning. In his final months Tim was renovating the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.
Tim’s reputation for his attention to detail, ensuring the aesthetics and natural surroundings were right, and holding the highest veracity in a tough business allowed him to be successful, receiving much reward from seeing a project start to finish, but more importantly every project he worked on he developed deep personal relationships with those he worked with.
Tim was an epicurean who remembered every trip we took, not by the sites and activities, but by the food he had and the restaurants. He would recreate his favorites at home, becoming a talented gourmet cook to celebrate and create memories with others. Anyone would say an invitation from Tim to dine was a treat.
Tim loved his country, serving in the United States Naval Reserve and the Reserve of the United States Air Force National Guard of Georgia. Actively participating in the political issues he cared about, not being passive, but a voice.
He was charitable in many ways but was passionate about giving to the Alzheimer’s Association to honor his late mother, Jeanne Clark Hackett’s fifteen-year battle and to the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor his late father, Captain Thomas A. Hackett, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and Japanese POW for six years. Tim was fervent about sharing his parents’ experiences to educate others and celebrate their legacy.
There will not be one day when Tim Hackett will not be missed. He would want you to live as he taught his daughter, “Do your best and let God do the rest.”
Thank you Lord for sharing Tim with us. He brought us joy and we loved him well. I Cor. 15:10.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler, NC.