John Mears ‘Jack’ Shytle, 91, drum major with Sudan Drum and Bugle Corps for more than 30 years

John Mears ‘Jack’ Shytle

SUPPLY — John Mears “Jack” Shytle, 91, of Boones Neck Community near Holden Beach, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Jack was born and raised in Wilmington. He graduated from New Hanover High School, where he served as the marching band drum major. He joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Pursuit AGS 17.

After being discharged from the U.S. Navy, he returned home to join his father and mother in the family business, Shytle’s Garage, where Jack worked as a professional auto mechanic for many years until his retirement. Jack could diagnose and repair most any auto motor repair and was a expert brake and alignment specialist. After his retirement from his garage, Jack worked at Wilmington Health Associates for many years in facility management and courier services.

Jack was a Mason and Shriner for many years and served as the president of the Wilmington Arab Shrine Club in 1974 and as the drum major for his beloved Sudan Drum and Bugle Corps for over 30 years.

Remembered are Jack’s parents, John Martin Shytle and Iona Robinson Shytle; wife, Jewell “Julie” Shytle; son, John Marsden Shytle; sister, Elizabeth Schroeter; and brother-in-law, Al Schroeter, all of whom preceded him in death.

Jack is survived by his “red-headed stepson,” Duane Howlett, and his wife, Teresa Howlett; grandchildren, Jennifer and Justin Shytle; great-great-grandson, Eli Cane Booth; daughter-in-law, Debbie Shytle; niece and family, Gina Britton, and her husband, Walter Britton; great-nephew, Carey Britton; great-niece, Beth Britton Justice; great-great-niece, Britton Justice; and many cousins, including Norman Taylor.

Due to the COVID-19, memorial service plans are pending.

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