If you were asked to find someone to represent native North Carolina women, you couldn't select anyone more fitting than Jackie Sipe. Raised in Lincoln County by parents whose family roots span generations, Jackie has lived in North Carolina her entire life. Surrounded by family, longtime friends, and associations that often began at birth, Jackie exemplifies what
it means to have deep roots in a small southern community.
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“I was born in Lincoln County and grew up in Lincolnton,” Jackie explains. “As a young girl, Lincolnton was much smaller than it is today. I can remember trips to a local Fish Camp with my family and we knew everyone there–and most of them went to church with us.” The values of family, faith, and caring about the welfare of neighbors were instilled in Jackie and would be the foundation upon which she built her adult life and career. Jackie’s association with the Lake Norman region goes back to the early years after the lake was first created. Her parents purchased a lot on Lake Norman and as was customary in the late 60s, the family would often camp lakeside for the weekend. Jackie remembers these trips with much fondness. “I remember trips to our lake lot well,” Jackie recalls. “We had a truck with a camper cover and we all slept on foam mattresses. We would cook our breakfast on a gas stove. My parents loved to fish, so we would go out early in the morning and fish all day.” Growing up, Jackie often helped her parents with their textile manufacturing business, which gave her firsthand insight into what it takes to create and sustain a successful operation. Her
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May 2021 Lake Norman Woman Magazine