Dr. Amos Darrell Tackett, 70, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He was born July 9, 1945, in Pike County Ky., the only child of Amos Tackett and Avonell Nickles Tackett.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughters, Holly Blankenship (Stowe) and Amy Campos (Kevin); and grandchildren, Evelyn, Julia, Benjamin and Lillian.
His early years were spent in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and on the banks of the Ohio River. He attended Greenup Independent High School in Greenup, Ky., graduated from the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
He completed general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. His residency training was interrupted by a tour of active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he rose to the rank of major. On completion of residency, he joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as assistant professor of surgery.
In 1978, he and his wife Peggy moved to Wilmington, where he entered a general surgery practice performing a broad spectrum of general, vascular and thoracic surgery. In 1989, he established what is now Coastal Surgery Specialists and remained with this group as president, senior member and practicing surgeon until retirement in 2010.
During his career, he was a member of multiple professional organizations, achieved fellowship in the American College of Surgeons and held several offices as a member of the medical staff at New Hanover Regional Hospital. He was elected chief of medical staff, served on the board of trustees of the hospital and was twice elected chairman of the Department of Surgery. He also was a member of the clinical faculty participating in the training of surgery residents through the AHEC residency program and was most proud of having been selected professor of the year on three occasions by the residents in training.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at St. James Episcopal Church. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.
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