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Clyde Jacobs

Posted Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 2:56 PM

I had not seen Clyde Jacobs for some time and I ran into him at the gas pumps not more than a week ago. So I was shocked to hear of his death this week.

Mr. Jacobs was an owner, and eventually the sole owner, of the Capri Theatre here for many years, and was also owner of the 41 Drive-In back when it was operating (on the property where Lamplighter Estates and The People's Church are now). He was a recognizable face at the Capri, and he also arranged for many a school group to come and enjoy a matinee showing of some family-friendly film.

Mr. Jacobs advised Ray and Beth Rhoton after they first bought the Oldham Theatre in Winchester, and then he sold the Capri to the Rhotons in 2002.

He was, as far as I could tell, a fine fellow who genuinely loved the business he was in. He'll be missed.

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A very good man. He will be missed by all who knew him. I considered him a friend and those are hard to come by. Clyde, I hope to see you again farther on along the path. It was my privilege to have known you.

Roy Smotherman

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 4:55 AM

I can still picture him, from my childhood, walking down the aisles in the theatre with his flashlight, walloping the ankles of those who had their feet propped up on the seat in front of them. He will be missed.

-- Posted by cherylrichardson on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 7:58 AM

Mr. Jacobs was our neighbor growing up on Tremont Drive. I always loved Halloween because Mr. Jacobs' house always gave a box of "movie" popcorn. A good memory for all us kids in the neighborhood. Thanks Mr. Jacobs and family.

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 8:17 AM

As an employee of the Record Shop, I got to see Mr. Jacobs a lot. He was always looking for some part to fix some projector from some discrete town in TN. He was really good friends with Mr. Davis here at the shop. Mr. Davis has many fond memories of times spent with Mr. Jacobs. It was a big shock learning of his death. He was just in the store last Saturday. He will be missed by all at the Record Shop.

-- Posted by acoustik on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 11:46 AM

I would like to thank you all for your kind comments. I had the privilege and good fortune to call Clyde Jacobs my dad. Despite severe medical problems, dad remained a very vital and active person. He came from a very humble background but was very intelligent and dedicated to work. Everything he had was obtained the hard way. He taught me more about human nature, generosity, compassion and human frailty than I could have ever learned in medical school. He sacrificed a great deal to get me ahead in life and was proud to offer me opportunities that he himself never had. He disciplined me when I needed it and fought for me when I couldn't. I am very proud of him. He is my hero. I love him. He would greatly appreciate your comments.

Thank you, Dr. David C. Jacobs

-- Posted by cortnerkin on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 10:57 PM

He was a very special man,personally and professionally.

How many businessmen would have been calm and sociable when horses invaded the drive-in to eat speaker wires and check out the concession stand?

He not only won the friendship and respect of many,many people in this town,he gave us the chance to know his family,as well.

I suspect he,Mr. Tune,Ms. Sawdey,J.R. and other dedicated staff and customers will be enjoying the ultimate picture show while convincing tempted cherubs not to lob plastic oranges at the imps below.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 2:35 AM

I can't remember many days of my childhood that I didn't see or talk to Mr. Jacobs. He was like a father to me, and David and I were like brothers growing up together. I am thankful for all of the life lessons Mr.Jacobs taught me, and all of the great memories that I have because of him. He was one extraordinary man. I am thankful that I was able to spend some time with him before I left, but I am heartbroken that I wasn't able to be there and say goodbye. I will miss him dearly!

-- Posted by tut2123 on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 11:53 AM

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