Nettles, Jack

John Leonard ‘Jack‘ Nettles, 85, son of the late John Kistler and Alma Burgess Nettles, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at McLeod Hospice House. He was born on August 4, 1925, in Orangeburg, S. C. and was raised in Beaufort, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served in the US Navy (Seabees) from October 30, 1943 to April 30, 1946. Jack was stationed in Adak, Alaska. He returned from the Navy to the University of South Carolina, graduated from the Law School and was admitted to practice by the South Carolina Supreme Court in December 1950. He began his law career as an associate with Senator James P. Mozingo in Darlington. In 1961 he moved to Florence where he practiced with Yarborough and Nettles and then McGowan, Nettles, Keller and Eaton until he and his son, Louis, began the firm of Nettles and Nettles in 1982. Jack was primarily a trial lawyer. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of South Carolina and all lower courts. He was a past president of the Florence County Bar Association and served on the SC Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Rules of Civil Practice and Procedures from its inception until 2002. Jack was a member of the SC Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a member of NACCA, the American Trial Lawyer‘s Association as well as the SC Defense Attorney‘s Association. He served his community with his fellow Lions Club members for many decades. In 2004 Jack received the Ralph K. Anderson, Jr. award from his peers in the Florence County Bar in recognition of his years of service as an advocate, scholar and public servant. Jack is survived by his wife, Ann Rogers Nettles; sons Leonard (Hope), Louis, Sidney (Karen) and grandchildren, Sydney, Connor and Sarah Nettles. He was a 50 year member of Central United Methodist Church and the Christian Family Sunday