Verge L. Mackey passed away on December 13, 2011 at UTMB. He was born on April 13, 1918 to Sam Mackey and Alberta Griffin.
He was a faithful member of Live Oak Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years where he was a deacon, trustee, and member of the choir. He worked for D.W. Kempner and family for over 50 years. He sang with the Gospel Harmonizers quartet.
Preceding him in death, his parents, wife, Mildred Mackey; two sons, Verge L. Mackey, Jr. and Willie Runnels; one brother, Henry Bonner; two sisters, Samella Davis and Thelma Bartholemew; and one granddaughter, Tanicka Thompson.
He leaves to mourn: one son: James Mackey(Mary); three daughters: Cora Thompson(Frederick), Barbara Runnels-Reese, and Regina Runnels; grandchildren: Cheryl Hopson(Allen), Dennis Thompson, Lamance Thompson, Reginald Runnels, Aundre’ Reese, Angel Reese, Adrienne’ Reese, Tameka Runnels-Gibson(Dajuan), six great grand-children and five great-great grandsons; and one sister Willie Yates, seven sister-in-laws and one brother-in law, many nieces and nephews.
Special friends include D.K. Thorne and family, Johnny Maxey, Oscar Douglas, Flava Braun, Gracie Clara Reese, Pearlie Woods, Charles Dotson, Henry Jefferson, Charlie Baldwin, Robert Jackson, Charles Sellers, Jeanette Dotson, Annie Mae Charles and caretaker: Betty Davis. Special thanks to the staff at UTMB emergency room and recovery unit.
Visitation will begin at the Live Oak Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, followed by a service celebrating his life at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Vernon L. Baines officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.