A TIME TO BE BORN: Jimmy Lee Mackey was born April 26, 1942 the son of Clyde and Luxella Clark Mackey at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge, Georgia. He was the youngest of eight (8) children and had the pleasure of being part of a large, loving, caring Christian family.
A TIME TO PLANT: Jimmy accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in the days of his youth. He joined First African Baptist Church, 515 Webster Street, Bainbridge, Georgia under the pastorate of Reverend H. Grady Neal. While there, he served as a member of the Young Crusaders for Christ. Jimmy received his public school education at Hutto Elementary and High School while W.D. Mann was principal and he graduated in the Class of 1960.
A TIME TO SERVE: Instead of pursuing a college education, Jimmy chose to assist his mother in the operation of Oglethorpe Cafe’ on the corner of Cemetery and Helen Streets in Bainbridge. He later spent several years under the tutelage of his father, operating the Van Goodner Farms in Fayetteville, Childersburg and Sylacauga, Alabama. He gave his dedicated service at the Golden Peanut Company of Dawson, Georgia and the James Strothers Peanut Company in Albany, Georgia. He retired after working many years at the Engelhard Mine in Attapulgus, Georgia. Jimmy had a mechanical mind. In retirement, he was the “Mr. Fixit of the Pear Orchard”. If it was broken, take it to Jim. He could fix it. The trouble was that it would work only when Jim was the operator.
A TIME TO LOVE: Jimmy truly believed that God is love and love is God. Everyone that loves is born of God and has a relationship with God. Jimmy loved!!! He married the love of his life, Cora Lee Williams and this union was blessed with four (4) lovely children: Tinease, Dionne, Jimmy, Jr. and Jennifer. He was ever mindful to love God, his family, his neighbors and himself. He was an avid fisherman, inheriting his love for the sport from his mother. He would rather catch them any day and share them with his neighbors than to eat them himself, The Mackey family might very well build a fish pond and name it in his honor.
A TIME TO DIE: Death is the golden key that opens the door to eternity. Jimmy took his heavenly flight Thursday night, April 16, 2020, ten (10) days before his 78th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents; five (5) siblings: Dorothy Osborne Robinson, Reaby Belin, Arie Eunice Ausgood, Clyde Mackey, II, Charlie James King, Abner Clark Mackey and one son, Timothy Bernard McGregor.
A TIME TO MOURN: Mourning May endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Left to cherish his memory are: his daughters: Dionne Ekundayo, Atlanta, GA; Emily Mackey, Bainbridge, GA; Jennifer Mackey, Atlanta, GA; Tinease Mackey, Atlanta, GA; Courtney Chavers, Bainbridge, GA; Cassandra Gordon, Bainbridge, GA; Cathryn Gordon, Statesboro, GA; Celeste Gordon, Atlanta, GA; Deundra Jones, Bainbridge, GA; Sabrina Mackey, Miami, FL; his sons: Maurice Gaines, Bainbridge, GA; Reginald Jeffrey, Miami, FL; Damario Jones, Bainbridge, GA; Jermy Jones, Atlanta,GA; Jerome Jones, Bainbridge, GA; Jimmy Mackey, II, Bainbridge, GA; his grandchildren: Terence King, Randy Burke, Corie Mackey, Carter Mackey, Justice King, Charles Mackey, Cedric Mackey, Charnise Mackey, Timothy McGregor, Jr., Taniqua McGregor, Kendra McGregor, Terrell McGregor, Jayden Johnson, Jordyn Johnson, Kaleb Gaines, Korbin Screen, Caitlyn Berrien, Carson Howell, Ashley Crump, Rohan Gaines, Mya Gaines, one sister, Pauline Love-Gaines, Bainbridge, GA; one aunt, Annie Pearl Mackey, Atlanta, GA; one uncle, Robert Mackey, Fort Lauderdale, FL; five sisters-in-law: Ollie Ruth Mackey, Bainbridge, GA; Shirley Graham, Bainbridge, GA; Willie Mae Hollis, Atlanta, GA; Doris Garrett, Snellville, GA; Mary Scott, Albany, GA; three brothers-in-law: Perry Williams, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Charles Williams, Atlanta, GA; Willie Williams, Jr., Atlanta, GA and a host of other relatives and friends.
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