Former CHS Principal
Dies January 5, 2022
Strong. Generous. Loving. Adventurous. Fair. Firm. Charming. These are only a few words to describe Jack Ross Herring, 85, who died peacefully on Wednesday at the home he built in Summerville in 1974.
Jack will be remembered most as being the principal of Chattooga High School from 1972 until 1988, with thousands of students and teachers under his care spanning two decades. Prior to this, Jack was born on May 31, 1936, in Boyce, La. He was a proud veteran of the United States Navy from 1952 until 1956. His adventurous spirit took him all over the United States, finally settling down in Summerville. He attended Berry College and received his bachelor’s degree in education and ultimately received his Specialists Degree as he continued his career, progressing from teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent, finally reaching retirement in 1998.
His passions include his family, traveling, golf, home renovations, landscaping, and was an avid silver collector in his later years. While he built many things in his lifetime, he was most proud of building his home, which his daughter and her family now reside in, and he was a participant in the building of Horizon Baptist Fellowship, his church home for 30 years.
His mother, Esther Hillman Herring Fredricks and father, Stephen A. Herring, as well as his brother, Maxie Herring, Alexandria, La. died earlier.
Surviving are his daughter, Heather Herring Casey, son-in law Nicolas Casey and granddaughters Caroline Grace Jackson, 20, Colbi Marie Jackson, 19, and Olivia Nicole Casey, 13; other surviving family members include Donna Fant Herring, Centre, Ala., Sue Dunn Holloway and family, Maureen Herring, Candace Herring Blount and family, Stephen Jody Herring, Karen Herring and family, and Sheryl Herring Lambert and family, all of Louisiana.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday at Rainwater Funeral Home.
A Memorial Celebration Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Horizon Baptist Fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, the Jack Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created in honor of his passion for education and the students he has impacted in the past and to allow his legacy to continue to impact students of Chattooga County in the future. To donate, please make payable to Jack Herring Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Rainwater Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.