Mr. James Jackson "Jack" Hough, 73

James Jackson “Jack” Hough, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born July 19, 1945 in Decatur, Alabama. Jack graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and remained an avid fan for life. Jack served in the Air Force.  While stationed in Turkey, he served in the Intelligence Service.  Jack felt that joining the Air Force “was one of the best things he ever did.”  He went on to achieve a Masters in Banking from LSU.  He worked in the banking industry for 9 years.Jack moved to Georgia in 1984 to work for Innsbruck Realty, Inc in Helen, Georgia.  He was known to be a true entrepreneur, forward thinking and ahead of his time.  While in Helen, he was instrumental in developing the Bavarian concept.  Jack started in the restaurant business in Helen in the late eighties.  He expanded from a single yogurt shop into the Main Street Eatery a few years later.  In the early nineties he pioneered the consolidated food court concept and expanded successfully into outlet centers.  In 2000, Jack partnered with Pete Wenzell and entered the airport concession business.  At that time he changed the name to MSE Branded Foods. Since then, the company has become an industry leader.  With Jacks leadership, MSE Branded Foods has won many awards for its accomplishments, including the 2016 Entrepreneurs Masters of Innovation Award. Jack was a well-known and loved member of his community.  He was a member of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church and a member of Cross Ties Sunday School class.  He was the President of the Wall Street Club, a member of Rotary Club of Gainesville and a Founding Director of the Chattahoochee Bank of a Georgia.He was married to Gail Attaway Davis on November 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife, his son Brandon Hough and his brother Don and sister-in-law Cathy Hough and extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Burford Hough.

Jack was a philanthropist in the Gainesville community and supported numerous charities. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to two of Jack’s favorite charities: We Care - 615 Oak Street #F1300 Gainesville, GA 30501 and Gainesville First United Methodist Church 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501.

The family will receive family and friends for a Celebration of Life at the Chattahoochee Country Club on Sunday evening from 5-7.

Celebration of Life of Life Service will be held at the  Gainesville First United Methodist Church 2780 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA.
Monday, February 11th at 11:00 am, with a reception in the Gathering Room afterward the service.

Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel 770-297-6200
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, Georgia 30501 in charge of arrangements
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Condolences 11
Judy and Darwin Allison 2019-02-08 16:55:10
What a shock and tragic loss of a great man Jack Hough. We were neighbors at Chattahoochee Landing for many years. Brandon was like a son to us. Jack was a wonderful man and always so kind to us and our children. Rest in peace Jack you will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with Brandon and his wife, may your memories give you peace and understanding.
Stacey Flowers 2019-02-08 21:51:56
Although I do not know the family, I do want to send my deepest condolences for your loss. I hope you will be able to find comfort and peace in your memories.
Diane Mason 2019-02-09 07:58:50
Jack was a member of our class of 1963 at Decatur High School. We were in home room together and I have his signature on his picture in my Annual. His wife, son, brother and other family will be in my prayers. I am so sorry for their loss.
Maxine and Bob Burton 2019-02-09 09:41:41
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many wonderful memories of the times we spent together with Jack and Gail. Jack will be missed by so many people that he helped and touched through his generosity.
Susan Wade-Wilder 2019-02-09 12:32:17
Gail, I am so very sorry for you loss. Much love. Jack and Susan Wilder
Tom and Donna Scott 2019-02-09 13:08:05
Thoughts and prayers from Hartselle Alabama.
Jimmy Douthit 2019-02-09 14:24:41
It is difficult for me to gather my emotions to the point where I can say more than I'm so very sorry. We were in Decatur High School together. Many years passed until I saw him at a reunion. Jack was the same, a gently smile, a warm greeting and an expression of being good to see me. And I felt the same toward him. This please know, I share in this great loss with his family and friends. Peace+ Jimmy Douthit
Raymond Duncan 2019-02-10 07:48:08
Jack and I went to Decatur High School together in Decatur, Alabama. He was a great friend of mine and we had wonderful times together. Gail, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Raymond Duncan Alpharetta, Georgia
Andy and Ava Miller 2019-02-11 16:39:36
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief. God bless and keep you! Much love, Andy and Ava Miller
Andrea Attaway Jordan 2019-03-07 07:57:45
Gail, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved husband. I hope you find comfort in the happiness you shared. I think of you and your wonderful family so often. Take good care of yourself.
Debra Meola 2019-08-16 17:24:51
Iā€™m at a loss for words, my daughter was also murdered, on July 15 2019. Savannah was 24 years old. I met Jack in 2003, he was a good friend and very kind to my daughter. I will remember all the good times that we shared.šŸ™šŸ»
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