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Mack Ray Fann.
Mack Ray Fann.

Mack Ray Fann, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born in Sampson County on Oct. 30,1933, he was the son of the late Ashford Fann and wife, Arsenia Parker Fann.

Surviving siblings are Louise Johnson (Ott Johnson, deceased spouse) of Morganton, Clute Fann (Carol) of Kure Beach and Zelda Stienhour of Newton Grove. Surviving children are Matthew Gentry Fann (AnnaMaria) of Wilmington and Kristy Fann Boone (David) of Leland and one grandchild, Noah Ashford Boone, who was always the bright spot in Papa’s day, no matter how bad he may have felt.

Mack retired from General Electric. He worked in the Nuclear/Aircraft division for more than 25 years.

Several years after retirement, he worked with his nephew at Coastal Cabinets. There, he provided assistance to ensure the business had what was needed. He also enjoyed cooking lunch for the employees.

Mack was a kind and caring person with a big heart who loved helping others. He main joy was his family but he also found great joy in grocery shopping and finding the best deals he could on food! Most Saturday mornings he could be found at Sam’s, which was his favorite place to shop.

He relied greatly on his faith in God and did so until the very end of his life. Most people in Mack’s life heard him say, “God has been good to Mack Fann.” Even during the last two months of his life, whether he was in the hospital or in a rehab facility, he would continue to pray and talk to God aloud. He touched many lives even when he was not even aware of it. He simply loved his God.

He also enjoyed having a vegetable garden, fishing with his brothers in law in the Black River and chopping wood. He was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church. There, he found love in helping providing food for the Thanksgiving and Christmas services and making his homemade banana pudding.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403. Interment will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409.

The family would first like to extend its heartfelt appreciation and love to his caregiver, Sally Robison-McBrayer. She brought Mack a lot of happiness and laughter in the last 10 months and was considered to be part of the family. She provided much help and support to his daughter, Kristy Boone, after the loss of Mack’s wife, Jane Fann. She is a beautiful ray of sunshine and Mack always had a big smile on whenever Sally would come into his home or hospital room. Sally will always be special to this family for all hard work, love and kindness she displayed to Mack.

The family would also like to thank the wonderful therapy staff at Wilmington Health and Rehab Center. They worked hard with Mack and provided so much encouragement during his time with them.

Finally, the family would again like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the ER doctor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Dr. McGrath, and nurse, Emily, for the kindness they showed Mack’s daughter, Kristy Boone, the day that Mack died. They were so very kind, caring and supportive at such a difficult time. They truly showed their hearts that day and the compassion they displayed will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pine Valley United Methodist Church, attn: “Roof Campaign” or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Coble Ward-Smith.
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