Rev. John L. Mack, 71, died Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was born Dec. 16, 1945 in Wilmington, N.C.
Rev. Mack was a longtime resident of New Haven and was a 1964 graduate of New Haven High School. He worked for General Motors as a tool and die maker for more than 30 years.
Having also dedicated his life to the gospel ministry, he accepted the position of pastor at Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven in 1984 where he served the congregation and community for more than 32 years.
His son, John Mack, described his dad as “the ultimate people person,” also saying that he never met a stranger. His ministry stretched beyond the four walls of the church and he was able to impact and change the lives of people in prisons, schools and in the community at large. He served with numerous community organizations, including the Macomb Community Action Advisory Board and the Pinewoods Housing Committee.
He also enjoyed sports, in particular football, in which he earned All-State honors in high school, along with track while also lettering in basketball and baseball. His son added he was “very competitive and enjoyed the competitive nature of sports.”
He enjoyed attending his childrens’ and grandchildren’s sporting events and even was known to attend local sporting events in support of the community.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Brenda; children: Renee Mack of Mt. Clemens, Kristal Mack of Detroit, Janetta Mack of New Haven, John Mack (Alleda) of Harrison Township, Jolandra Mack of Southfield, Jelise Mack of Chesterfield Township and JaKelle Mack of Roseville; ten grandchildren and siblings: Robert Mack (Blondell) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Edith Mack O’Rear (James) of Woodhaven, Gary Mack and Deborah Mack, both of New Haven and a host of other family members, friends, church members, and loved ones whose lives he touched. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Georgia, and grandson, Javon.
A funeral service will take place at 11 am. Wednesday in the gymnasium at New Haven High School, 57700 Gratiot Avenue, New Haven. Visitation is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 58527 Delanie St., New Haven.
Arrangements directed by United Memorial Funeral Home, Mount Clemens.
-- Macomb Daily Staff