Wrestling Legend Jackie Fargo Dies In North Carolina

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Jackie Fargo
Jackie Fargo

Pro wrestling legend "The Fabulous One" Jackie Fargo, a longtime favorite in the Chattanooga area, died Monday at China Grove, N.C.

Born in Concord, N.

C., on June 26, 1930, he was the son of the late Lewis and Delmer Swink Faggart.

Fargo began his career with his brother, Roughouse, and was famous for wrestling primarily with the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1950s, continuing into the 1970s. He held tag team gold championships 45 times throughout his career and originated the famous "Fargo Strut", still implemented today by wrestlers including Ric Flair, Jeff Jarrett, and The Fabulous Ones. 

Included in his lengthy wrestling career, he was awarded the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship 3 times. Fargo was also credited for launching many careers such as Jerry "The King" Lawler. Fargo was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.

Retired in the late 1980s, Jackie maintained close relationships with the wrestling community and enjoyed appearances throughout the 90s and early 2000s. On June 19, 2002, Fargo appeared on the very first NWA TNA weekly pay per view along with other NWA legends.

Noted for his outlandish and entertaining antics in the ring, Jackie will also be remembered for his warm smile, bigger than life personality and wonderful sense of humor. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Stafford Fargo, and brothers, Robert Faggart, Sonny "Roughouse" Faggart and sister Kathleen Orbison.

He is survived by his daughters, Brandy McKinney (husband Greg), of Salisbury; Charlotte Fargo Jacobs of Memphis, and Jackie Mae Fargo Jacobs of Orange County, California; granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Jacobs and Jennifer Hope Jacobs; grandson, Justin Jon-Fargo Jacobs and two great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove on Wednesday at 6 p.m. followed by a celebration of Jackie's life, officiated by Bobby Fulton, in the Linn-Honeycutt chapel at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove.

Memorials may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, N.C. 28146.



John Shearer: Several Locals Took Part In Saturday’s Tennessee-Georgia Swim Meet

With two of the top swimming and diving programs in the Southeastern Conference, Georgia and Tennessee are intense rivals in the water.   But for a small number of former Chattanooga-area competitors in the two teams’ meet on the UT campus on Saturday, it was also a friendly homecoming.   Standout UT swimmer Sam McHugh went to Baylor School, as did Vol diver Emily ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Central Boys Win Over Hixson

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Partnership With Volkswagen To Establish $1 Million Science Lab Program

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations (Volkswagen Chattanooga) officials announced on Tuesday the establishment of a $1 million program that will allow all Hamilton County middle and high schools to apply for funds to create a science lab in their school. Named the Volkswagen ... (click for more)

McReynolds, Brooks Arrested After Police Chase Ends In Crash On Monroe Street; Accord Had Been Stolen From Dealership

Marquis McReynolds, 25, and Jermichael Brooks, 23, were arrested after a police chase on Monday.   A task force including the ATF, FBI, and Chattanooga Police Department officers pursued a stolen vehicle. That pursuit resulted in a traffic crash and the arrest of two convicted felons.   The pursuit began at 5200 Highway 58 just after 7 p.m. after police ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March - And Response (2)

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)