Rest in Peace

Gary Albert Jakeway

May 28, 1949 – July 20, 2019


Gary Albert Jakeway, 70, of Siler City, North Carolina, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 20, 2019 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill after a sudden illness. Born May 28,1949, in Johnson City, New York, he was the son of Gerald E. Jakeway and Jean T. (Kennedy) Jakeway.

Gary grew up in Endicott, New York before moving to Cary, North Carolina, where he graduated from Cary High in 1967. Gary served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Gary later made a career for himself at IBM as an IT Systems Analyst. He retired from IBM after 25 years of employment and was made a member of their Quarter Century Club.


Gary built his home, which was a labor of love for him, and where he enjoyed watching the Rocky River flow and sunsets from his back deck. He loved a project and working to help others.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Geraldine "Jeri" Jakeway of Kihei, Hawaii. Gary is survived by his daughter, Heather Hensley and her husband Chad, of Charlotte. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, Madison and Blake Hensley; brother, William "Bill" Jakeway and wife Patty, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania; sister, Katrina Jakeway of Fuquay-Varina; sister, Jacqueline "Jacki" Jett and husband Bruce, of Angier; and his nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion, "Buddy," who will miss him dearly.

Visitation will take place on Friday, August 9th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Donaldson Funeral Home, 396 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312. A private memorial service will be held at the family's discretion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Gary's memory to the Veterans Relief Fund, Cary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7383 at 522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC 27513.




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Cary, NC 27513
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Long. -78.7666


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