Chief Roscoe Jacobs Sr. 1922-2009

Roscoe Jacobs, Sr. was born on February 18, 1922, in Columbus County, North Carolina, to Jerry Jacobs and Lucinda Patrick Jacobs.

Roscoe was a member of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and one of the Tribe’s first members to graduate from high school, an accomplishment made possible by his moving to Sampson County to attend high school with members of the Coharie Indians.

Roscoe married Ella Marie Brewington on April 20, 1941, and their union was blessed with four sons, Roscoe Jr., Sammie, Elton, and Carl, and two daughters, Jacqueline and Jessie.

Roscoe made a living as a Job Developer for the Lumbee Regional Development Association for Columbus and Bladen Counties and as a Community Developer for Four County Community Services, Inc.

Roscoe became a leader of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe and was elected as the Tribe’s first “Official” Chief in April 2005.

Chief Jacobs not only worked for the betterment of his Tribe but also for his community, actively participating as a member of numerous organizations, including the Columbus County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Indian Education Parent Committee, International Paper Community Advisory Board, Cape Fear Council of Government Region O, Advisory Council for the Aging, Home Care Community Block Grant Committee, Hallsboro Middle School Advisory Board, Hurricane Disaster Relief Advisory Board, North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, and the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Council.

Chief Jacobs was a founder of the Buckhead Fire and Rescue Department and the moderator for the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association.

Chief Jacobs was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent, and provided assistance to members of the Church who needed help.

Chief Jacobs was honored for his good works, receiving the Elder of the Year Award from the United Tribes of North Carolina, a Certificate of Appreciation from Governor James G. Martin, and a Proclamation of Recognition of Chief of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe from the Columbus County Board of Commissioners.

Chief Jacobs died on January 27, 2009, at the age of 86; where-in the North Carolina General Assembly issued a Joint Resolution Honoring the Life and Memory of Chief Jacobs.

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