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Former mayor, football star dies at 78

By Hannah Simpson
Around the Town Editor

Former Pembroke Town Mayor James “Pete” Jacobs, 305 Florence St., died Jan. 28 at Scotland Memorial Hospital. He was 78.
Jacobs served as the mayor of Pembroke from 1979-83, after he served as the Robeson County tax administrator for 26 years and as Town Clerk for 13 years.

He played as a halfback for the 1949 Braves team; Jacobs transferred to Indiana in his third year.
Jacobs served in the Air Force as a radar mechanic from 1950-53.

An email was sent to the UNCP faculty listserv on Jan. 29 asking for condolences for Jacobs’ two nieces, Dr. Linda E. Oxendine, chair of the Department of American Indian Studies and Teresa A. Oxendine, the assistant vice chancellor for Donor Relations.
Dr. Oxendine said he was a favorite uncle.

Jacobs is survived by his wife, Mildred; a brother, Gregory Jacobs, Lumberton; three sisters, Eunice Hunt of Garner, Alma Locklear and Earlene Hunt, both of Lumberton; a daughter, Laura Locklear, Pembroke; and two sons, Keith Jacobs and Michael Jacobs, Pembroke.

Jacobs’ funeral will be held Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Union Chapel Community Church in Pembroke.

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