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Mack Thomas

1926 - 2015 Notice Condolences
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Mack Charles Thomas, Jr., was the youngest of two boys and two girls born on September 26, 1926 to the Revered Mack Sr., and Susie Johnson Thomas in the Birmingham, Alabama suburb of Fairfield , which is the birthplace of baseball great Willie Mays. On Friday, August 28, 2015, God in His infinite wisdom and divine foresight decided that is was time for his wonderful son to return to the Great Architect of the Universe. Mack was introduced to God at an early age. During his formative years his was an active member of the CME Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where his father served as pastor. He served in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict and was decorated and honorably discharged. He was an alumnus of Alabama A&M and later received a BS in English from the University of Baltimore (formerly Coppin State), where he graduated with honors. Mack was YMCA program director from which he departed in 1970 and became a law enforcement officer in Baltimore City until his retirement in 1994. His dedication extended well beyond his professional career. He was a proud and dedicated 40+ year member of William F. Taylor # 57, Hiram Consistory #2, Jerusalem Temple #4, King David #1, and St. Joseph #2. He was most proud of holding the title of Grand Chaplain Emeritus for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge for the State of Maryland. Truly "A Mason's Mason," Mack excelled at the principals of this fraternity which was demonstrated during his many years of service. Although he spent a lot of time working and with his lodge brothers, Mack loved his family. Nothing pleased him more than talking to his daughters, (Riva (Eric) Thomas Tunstall, Linda (Charles) Thomas Hall and Sheila (Rudy) Watkins, whom he affectionately referred to as "the jury." Mack was an avid golfer, an exceptional cook, had an amazing singing voice and a smile that would light up a room. Mack will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and kindness, his keen intellect and his amazing command of the English language. Very few could match his eloquence and superb oratorical skills. In addition to his daughters, he is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian and Kara Watkins, Mark (Tennaz) Thomas, Sr., Great grandchildren Nicole Watkins, Mark Jr., and Madison Rose Thomas, a special nephew, Leroy Johnson, a special niece Jean Carol and many other nieces, nephews, cousin and friends. A memorial Service celebrating his wonderful life will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2:00 pm at the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Maryland, Willard W. Allen masonic Temple, Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street, Baltimore Maryland. Masonic services will begin at 1:30 pm.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Oct. 25, 2015
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