POLKTON – The Honorable Lisa Dam Thacker, 57, died Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Funeral services will be 11:00am Thursday, January 30, 2020 at First Baptist Church,
Wadesboro with Dr. Harry Workman officiating. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at
Leavitt Funeral Home, Wadesboro.
Lisa was born August 31, 1962 in Polk County, FL, a daughter of the late Dr. Michael E.
Dam and the late Mary Paciotti Dam. She and her family are members of Wingate Baptist
Church and formerly attended First Baptist Church, Wadesboro.
She graduated high school in Florida and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984 and her Juris Doctor from the West Virginia
School of Law in 1987.
Following Law School, Lisa worked as a Law Clerk for the law firm, Sharpe and
Buckner in Rockingham and later as attorney in private practice. In 1989, she accepted
employment as an Assistant District Attorney in the 20A Prosecutorial District, Carroll Lowder,
District Attorney. After Lowder’s retirement, Lisa continued to work in the District Attorney’s
office as a Senior Assistant District Attorney under Kenneth Huneycutt, District Attorney . In her
work with the District Attorney’s office, she prosecuted cases in Anson, Union, Stanly,
Richmond and Moore Counties.
In 1998, she was appointed by the Governor to serve as a District Court Judge in the 20A
Judicial District, which included, Anson Richmond, Union and Stanly counties. In 2009, Lisa
was appointed to the position of Chief District Court Judge. She served this position honorably
until 2014. When the districts were redrawn in 2015, she was switched to District 16A which
added Scotland and Hoke counties. In 2016, she retired from the 16A Judicial District after
devoting 18 years to the bench.
Surviving are her husband, Todd Thacker; her daughter, Caroline Thacker; her aunt, Pat
Utrie, her puppies, Bruno and Ginger, her cat, Whodini who were her children too.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Elisabeth East
Thacker and her sister, Dr. Trudi M. Dam, DVM.
She enjoyed scrapbooking and that was largely done as a means of documenting
memories with her daughter and their family times. Although her accomplishments in her career
were great, she was most proud of being Caroline’s mom. She supported her in all she aspired to
do and was certainly Caroline’s greatest fan.
Her family is very grateful for the many acts of love and kindness shown to them during
this time and it will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 423,
Wadesboro, NC 28170 or to Wingate Baptist Church, P.O. Box 339 Wingate, NC 28174.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made