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Robert E. Mack

April 8, 1944 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 76)

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Robert E. Mack, affectionately known a Bob was born April 8, 1944 in Berkeley County, Cross, South Carolina to the late Rev. Robert Mack and Ethel Guest Mack.  Bob lived his adolescent and teenage years in Cross SC and was educated in the Berkeley County School System.  He was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1962 where he excelled in his academics and athletics.  He was known for hi impeccable skills in football and basketball.  He continued his education at South Carolina State University where he attended on a full football scholarship.  After being injured while playing football, Bob placed all his focus on his academics and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Accounting.

After obtaining his degree, Bob began teaching at Robert High School in Holly Hill, South Carolina.  His formal teaching career only lasted for one year, but he taught many the lessons of life during his lifetime.  Wanting to support his brother Henry Mack, he packed his bags and moved to New York where he remained for two years.  During his time in New York, Bob worked for the Internal Revenue Service.  Once again, his desire to support family caused another move.  This time he moved to Miami Florida to support his brother Joseph “JD” Mack in the opening and running of the Burger-Loo, which turned out to be popular burger joint at the time.  In 1970 after the riots in Miami, the Burger-Loo was forced to close but that didn’t stop Bob’s drive to succeed.  His next career move was working for the State of Florida working in his field of accounting.  Bob didn’t stop there, he then learned something new, the field of insurance.  He began working at George H. Green Insurance Agency learning everything he needed to know.  His final move was the best one that changed his life.  He started working for the best boss ever, himself!  Bob became a businessman owning his own insurance agencies, daycare centers, and a vast amount of real estate.  He built a legacy for his family to follow.

Upon his move to Miami, Bob was introduced to a six-foot beauty that changed his life as he knew it.  This beauty, Lurene Kirkland, fell head over heels in love with him and in 1970 they joined in holy matrimony.  Not only were they husband and wife but they were best friends.  To this union 3 children were born, Uhura Jamal Mack, Roberta Mack (deceased), and Niesha Rochet Mack.  His family was everything to him and he was a great husband and father.

As a youth, Bob attended Jerusalem United Methodist Church Cross, South Carolina.  Even at his young age, he began working in the church by teaching Sunday School.  His father made sure that he understood the importance of service.  That life lesson carried over to his adulthood.  When he moved to Miami, Bob and his family joined First Baptist Church of Bunche Park where he remained faithful until his death.  He served at First Baptist Church of Bunche Park by working with the youth ministry, working on the finance committee, and as a Trustee.  Every Sunday morning, he always greeted everyone with a smile and a friendly word.

On March 29, 2020, Bob began feeling ill not knowing that Covid-19 had become a reality in his life and was attacking his body.  April 1, 2020 he was hospitalized and began to fight the virus with everything in him.  On May 5, 2020 god called him home to take his rest and join his best friend and loving wife, Lurene and daughter, Roberta who preceded him in death.  He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory and carry on his legacy, his son, Jamal Mack; daughter, Niesha Mack; brothers, Joseph “JD” Mack, Henry Mack (Patricia), Alfonza Mack (Trunetta), Arthur Lee Mack (Angie); half-brother, Robert Ferguson (Claudia); sisters, Cloie Mack, Albertha Mack Woodley, Junerous Whitten (Lawrence); grandchildren, Jordan Mack (Jamal), Justin Mack (Jamal), Kerrington Freeman (Niesha) and Kennedi Freeman (Niesha); godchildren, Twain Wellons (Donna) and Brandon Crumity.  He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that will cherish his memory.

 

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Services

Graveside Service
Saturday
May 16, 2020

12:00 PM
Jerusalem United Methodist Church
1096 Old Highway Number 6
Cross, SC 29436

Please note
DUE TO COVID-19, THE GRAVESIDE SERVICE FOR MR. ROBERT E. MACK IS PRIVATE! THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC VIEWING ON FRIDAY!
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