WEST COLUMBIA—A Celebration of Life service for Jack Ferguson Lands Jr., 81, was held Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Columbia United Methodist Church in West Columbia with Nolan Burke, Winter Burke and Rev. T. Paul Kethley officiating.
Mr. Lands died Tuesday, Feb.
He was born Dec. 30, 1937, in Bren-ham to Laura (Lanford) and Jack F. Lands Sr.
In his youth, his family moved to Houston, where he started school at Cashmere Gardens.
At an early age, he lost his mother to cancer. Afterward, he and his siblings were relocated to Rockdale and were raised by their grandparents.
Mr. Lands completed his school years at Rockdale and then entered the University of Texas in Austin, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later obtained his master’s degree.
Mr. Lands worked for NASA during the moon landing years. His project was to assist in the design and development of the placement of rockets on the command module.
He later worked at Schlumberger for many years until his retirement. While there, he was a senior engineer working in the design and development of shaped charges for oil well perforating. He had multiple U.S. patents awarded to him for his designs.
Mr. Lands enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly (Wilson) Lands; two brothers, Thomas Lands and Gerald Lands; a grandson, John-Michael Rassmussen; and a granddaughter, Laurynn Ashliegh Lands.
Survivors are his daughter, Angela Adams, husband Leslie Adams and their children, Adam, Leslie Jr., Chris and Stephanie, along with their spouses; his son, David Lands, wife Carla Wallace and their children, Tam ora (Lands) Carson, John-David Lands, Jacklyn Lands, Winter (Wallace) Burke, Chea (Wallace) Brehmer, along with their spouses; his daughter, Terri Barnett; and his sisters, Joyce Roberts of Rockdale and Nancy Clark of Westcliffe, Colorado; also, numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Steve Drummond, Chance Leopold, Doug Lucas, Rodney Lucas, Ken Clark and Edmond Roberts.
Honorary pallbearers were Jerry McCullough and Mark Evans.