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Samuel E. Mack, Jr.

January 5, 1949 – June 6, 2020


Friday, June 12, 2020
Lie In State: 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Held at
Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Public Viewing: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
Private Family Service:  12:00 Noon
Held at
Murfreesboro Community Church
2555 Lascassas Pike, Murfreesboro, TN

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
9:00 A.M.
Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
7931 McCory Lane, Nashville, TN

Samuel E. Mack, Jr. affectionately known as “Bubby” to his family and Sam to his friends, was born January 5, 1949 to the late Samuel E. Mack, Sr. and Sophia Rowena (Minter) Mack. He entered eternal rest peacefully, Saturday June 6, 2020 after a long battle with multiple medical complications. He was preceded in eternal rest by his parents; sisters, Sheron Mack Dunston and Juanita Mack; and brother, Gary Mack.

Samuel leaves to celebrate his life, his loving wife Shirley, adoring sisters Patricia Coppage and Yvette Mack; sons, Tony and Teofilo; daughters, Tammy (Damone) and DeAndrea and grandchildren Tia, Damone Jr., Cameron, Dakota , Deyton , Josiah, one great-grandchild Matteo and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Samuel was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Throughout his battle with illness his life still exemplified his gentle, loving character and he always smiled no matter what. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing him, knew he was always the same. You could always expect him to carry himself as the best possible representative of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Samuel attended Bradley Elementary and graduated May, 1967 from Holloway High School where he was inducted into the Honor Society as well as many other clubs. Those who knew and loved him knew he was brilliant and his children and grandchildren loved to glean from him. He had a wealth of knowledge and loved teaching them. They always knew they could ask Papa anything and he always knew the answer.

Samuel served in the United States Army for two terms as a Russian Linquist and received numerous honors and medals. He served his country in the manner he served God, with dignity and respect. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology in December, 1975 and his Master of Education in August, 1989 from Middle Tennessee State University. His academic ability was phenomenal but it waned in comparison to his spiritual knowledge. Samuel studied and lived the word of God and experienced an extreme amount of bullying in high school as a result of his commitment to God and his sacrifice to share the word of God boldly and without shame. His high school “best” friend, Erskine Smith, said Samuel was a motivator and exampled making and achieving goals.  Erskine says Samuel influenced his life academically when it could have possibly gone a different direction. He gave his life to the Lord Jesus at an early age and served in Ministry at First Baptist Church, 733 E. Castle Street under the covering of Reverend Richard W. Gordon. He was 13 years old when he preached his first sermon and served as youth minister for several years. Under Reverend Gordon’s leadership Samuel was groomed into the humble servant of God that he still represented when he transitioned to his heavenly home.

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