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Swann Station Baptist Church
Saturday December 17th, 2016

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Mt Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church
Saturday December 17th, 2016
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Malcolm Way McCracken

Malcolm Way “Mack” McCracken, 89, of Mt. Vernon Springs formerly of Sanford, died Tuesday, December 13, 2016.


Mack was born in Moore County, NC, on November 18, 1927, the third son of the late William Leslie and Amanda Brown McCracken.  The family moved to Sanford where Mackie graduated from Sanford High School in 1946.  He was a three-sport athlete in high school – football, basketball, and baseball – and went on to play football at Elon College “The Fighting Christians.”  Mack graduated from Elon in 1951 with a BA in Physical Education.  He then served in the US Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953, earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service.   


Mack and his late wife, Doris Chrismon McCracken, made their home in Sanford for 42 years. Mack was a master plumber and electrician and owner of McCracken Electric and Plumbing, Inc until his retirement.  He was a devoted member of the Sanford Exchange Club serving for 58 years in a variety of positions including president. He was a high school football referee for the NC High School Athletics Association until age 65.   In 1997, Mack and Doris moved permanently to Mt. Vernon Springs, a tightknit community in Chatham County where they had purchased and restored a historic farmhouse in the 1980’s.  There, Mack was a member of Mt. Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church and community advocate. Mack enjoyed time outdoors sitting in the sun visiting with friends and family. He never met a stranger and was well liked by everyone he met. He cared and loved everyone, especially his two granddaughters, who affectionately called him “Papa Mack”. The love and compassion he had for family, friends and neighbors was without question. He was known in Sanford and Chatham County as one who gave freely of his time and talents. Mack was always willing to teach and encourage others as well as extend a helping hand.


Survivors include daughter Susan McCracken and husband Oscar Knight of Boone, NC; son Malcolm David McCracken and wife Toni McCracken of Sanford; granddaughters Katherine McCracken Knight and Alice McCracken Knight; nephews Ronnie McCracken (Rocky Mount, NC), Pat McCracken (Sanford, NC), and Mike McCracken (Augusta, GA).  He was preceded in death by his wife Doris, his parents, his grandmother and Aunt Bertha, and brothers Willis McCracken and Bert McCracken.


A graveside service will be held Saturday December 17, at 11: 30 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery 1225 Mt. Vernon Springs Road Siler City, NC.  The family invites friends to join us for lunch at Mack’s home following the service.  Memorial gifts in Mack’s name may be made to the Railroad House Historical Association, PO Box 1023, Sanford, NC 27331 or to Mt. Vernon Springs Presbyterian Church, PO Box 752, Siler City, NC 27344. 


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A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

Linda Gilliam Dec 20 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to learn of Mackie passing. I did not know until today or I would have been there. He was such a fine man & friend to our family. I will miss him!

Linda Gilliam Dec 20 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

All the Plumbers from Sanford,N.C. Dec 18 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

Tommy and Brenda Keller Dec 17 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

Marilyn Ring Dec 17 2016 12:00 AM

It is with deep sorrow to learn of Mack's passing this week ! I have known Mack for almost fifty wonderful years, meeting him as a true competitor in business and a statesman in the Exchange Club of Sanford. We enjoyed many visits to Long Beach on our Exchange Club group trips with our many members. Mack was always a scholar and a gentlemen and a dear friend. We will miss him, but happy that he is now gone to meet our Father in Heaven. God Bless Mack's family during this time of sorrow, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lee & Pat Littiken Dec 16 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all the family on the passing of a truly exceptional man. We admired him for his easy demeanor great skill and his civic contributions. He has left a great legacy.

Tom and Marilyn Zone Dec 16 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

Teresa Smiley Dec 16 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Malcolm McCracken

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