A. B. “Jackie” Mackey died Saturday February 13, 1999 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was 58.
A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Mackey was the son of the late John W. and Ethel Ross Mackey. He was preceded in death by a brother, John W. Mackey Jr. and a sister Nancy Smiley.
Mr. Mackey was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and attended Hinds Community College, William Carey College and American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. He graduated from Mississippi Military Academy and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He completed the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced courses at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Mr. Mackey was a logistian completing his training at Fort Lee, VA. He also attended the Army's Command and General Staff Officer Training course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Mr. Mackey was the owner of A.B. Mackey Insurance Agency and was a registered representative with John Hancock Financial Services. He served as President of the Vicksburg Association of Life Underwriters and was recognized as Man of the Year in 1981. He also served as past Regional Vice President of the Vicksburg Civitan Club and past Lieutenant Governor of the Magnolia District.
Mr. Mackey was a member of the Mississippi National Guard Association Board of Directors and served with the National Guard for about 32 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1988. He received the Mississippi Magnolia Medal, the Army commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Mr. Mackey was a member of Goodrum Baptist Church, serving in the bus ministry maintenance benevolence and finance committees, and also a training union teacher. Mr. Mackey participated in the Christian Troopers Program and was a member of Gideon's International.
Survivors include six sons. Alex Mackey of Tallulah, LA, Doug and Ray Mackey both of Denver, CO, David Mackey of Fayetteville, AR, Jim Mackey of Hubert, NC, and Chris Mackey of Vicksburg. He leave two brothers, Bobby Smith of New Roads, LA, and Joseph Mackey of Baton Rouge, LA. Six sisters, Josie Perez of New Orleans, LA, Tommie Hazzlerigg, Katherine Austin, Rosa Belle Lowery all of Vicksburg, Vivian Pace of Birmingham, AL, and Lillian white of Chicago, IL, and nine grandchildren. Fisher-Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.