Deacon Bennie Mack made his transition from this earth to glory to be with the Lord on August 28, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving wife and his daughters Sheri and Aundria until his passing.
Deacon Mack was born October 7, 1935 in Cannon Mississippi to the union of his parents Henry and Ethel Mack. The Mack family moved to Gary Indiana in the 1940’s where Bennie attended Froebel school. At the age of 14 he witnessed his father being struck by a hit and run driver whom has never been identified.
Deacon Mack moved to Michigan City Indiana where he attended and graduated Elston High School. After graduation he enlisted into the United States Air Force where he was stationed at Nellis Air Force base in Las Vegas, Nevada for 3 years and also 1 year at Thule Air Force base in Greenland. After being honorably discharged and back in Michigan City, IN, he then met Ann Kelly in 1958. After only two years of dating, he proposed and married the love of his life in 1960. From their union they had 5 beautiful children.
Throughout the years, he worked hard at many jobs to support his family, such as Pullman Standard, Postal custodian , Beatty’s Hospital, Smoke Brothers , Josam Mfg, Youngstown Steel, Bethlehem steel and many more. In his younger days he started up singing groups like the deep South singers of Las Vegas Nevada, the five travelers of Michigan City indiana, the Kelly sisters and the Harmoneers also of Michigan City Indiana. Young Bennie enjoyed pitching horseshoes, dancing (yes dancing), fishing, bowling, playing cards ,family gatherings; driving cross country and local too. His main joy was visiting nursing homes and the sick and shut-in, in the hospitals and teaching them the word of God which he did for nearly 40 years. He loved teaching Sunday school and was a member of the deacon board at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he also sang with the senior choir. He also did a weekly home Bible study with family and friends every Friday night. He truly enjoyed teaching God’s word!!!
A Celebration of life will be Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 123 Helen St. Michigan City, Indiana 46360 at 11am. Viewing will be from 10am until time of service at the Church. Burial to follow at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. Pastor James E. Lane to give Eulogy.
He leaves to mourn his cherished memories: his loving wife Ann Mack; 1brother: William (Queen Esther) Mack; 5 children: Tyrone Mack and friend Rhonda chambers, Anthony (Glendoria) Mack, Sheri Mack -Bonner, Aundria (Pagie) Harris and Benita Jones; 13 grandchildren: Letrisha Falls, Angela Carwell, Brian Richmond, Marcus Jones, Kenny Jones, Quinton Rush Mack, Lesharaka Mack, Chantel Mack, Tyrone Mack Jr, Anthony Mack jr, Bennie Terrale Mack, Glen Liggons, Christopher Bonner, Adrien Rideout and Shondra Fields; 29 great grandchildren; Godchildren: Terry Richardson, Shirley Jeans, Robin Ford, Markittia Mack, Jerry Jones, Valerie Wilson Travis Tillman and Kennedy Bureau; Special nieces: Jeanetta (Edwin) Leshore, Stacey Taylor Richardson, Denise Taylor O’Neal and Cheryl Thompson Williams; and Special friends: Walter Fry, Mentee, James Cartwright
He was preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Ethel Mack; siblings: Velma Taylor, Charles Mack, and Lonnie Johnson, granddaughter: Chantel Mack; a god mother: Carrie Massingale and family dog Comanche.
Psalm 37:23: “The steps are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
Deacon Mack was a true warrior of God and a true leader for all!
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