Services for John Coy Mackey, 80, of Centre
will be today at 3:30 p.m. at Jordan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Cherokee Memory Gardens. The body will remain at the funeral home through the hour of service. The family will receive friends today from 1:3,0 p.m. until the service.
Mr. Mackey died Saturday at his home.
Survivors include five daughters, Mary Rebecca Starling of Fort Payne, Sandra Kay Nash of Savannah, Ga., Janice Carol McBreen of Orlando, Fla., Donna ' Faye Trachsel of Suwanee, Ga., and Pamela Jean Smith of Duluth, Ga.; two sons, Gary Phillip Mackey of Acworth, Ga., and David Ray Mackey of Loganville, Ga.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be his friends.
Mr. Mackey was a native of Cherokee County and of the Baptist faith. He was employed as a pipe fitter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Mackey (March 28, 2000) and his parents, John A.C. and Delia Higgins Mackey.
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[courtesy of ]Leslie Losleben
Greave marker for John C. Mackey in Cherokee Memorial Park,
Cherokee (Colbert county), Alabama.
Johnnie registered for the draft on 1 July 1941 but was not
drafted for three years, probably based of his employment as a "Tire
Builder" which would have been deemed a critical defense product role.
He was ultimately inducted into the Army at Fort McPherson, GA on 11
Pvt Mackey was transferred from the 11th Reinforcement
Depot to Company C, 508th PIR on 5 March 1945.
He was awarded
awarded a Good Conduct Medal on 11 July 1945.
Johnnie was then
transferred from Company C to the 101st
Airborne Division on 29 October 1945.
Pfc Mackey (line 36) arrived in New York, NY aboard the Queen Mary on 3
January 1946 as a member of the 82nd Airborne's 505th PIR.
discharged at the Fort McPherson, GA Separation Center on 17 January