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Originally published: 2012-11-19 09:45:10
Last modified: 2012-11-19 15:36:03

Harold David Macking

Harold Macking was reunited with his wife, Margaret, who pre-deceased him in 2009 after 56 years of marriage; daughter, Robin M. Bunch, June, 2012; mother, Blanche Michaels; brothers, Allan and Paul; and many others.
He is survived by his brother, Daniel Macking, and family, Teresa, Diane, and Donald, of Burnsville; a sister-in-law, Karin Macking and family; along with six children, Kathy J. Schenato, Eric J. Macking, Patti J. Stewart, Paula J. Ayers, Timothy J. Macking, and Debra J. Macking of St.. Petersburg, Fla. Macking is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Jamie M. Montgomery, David Macking, Sophia, Samuel, Marlayna, Mary-Grace Macking, Kristin Bunch, Karin Bunch, Heather Ayers, Jeremiah Ayers, Angela Ayers, Marenda Macking, Brendan Macking, and Noah Macking. He is further survived by five great-grandchildren, Aiden Macking, Jasmine Gilford, Everett Ayers, Griffin Ayers, and Kaylee Markland.
While Macking was born and lived in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, he spent the years of 1980 to 1989 in Burnsville and Banner Elk. In North Carolina, Macking was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Saint Bernadette Catholic Church. He was an active part of the Catholic Church in Banner Elk, from when the congregation met at the Presbyterian Church to helping with the formation of the new church.
Macking was a writer and photographer with his works being published in many places including Yancey County News, Mitchell County News, Avery Journal-Times, Watauga Democrat, and the Charlotte Observer. He enjoyed gardening, as well as his career as an auto-mechanic. Macking was part of the volunteer fire department and helped to provide land as a donation to the group. He worked very closely with the Girl Scouts, becoming an honorary member, serving as part of Troop 196, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Pisgah Council at the Girl Scouts 75th Birthday. He created a postcard for its celebration in Banner Elk, and worked to make the scouts part of the ceremonies for the opening of the Linn Cove Viaduct and the birthday celebration of Mildred the Bear of Grandfather Mountain. Macking loved the North Carolina mountains, fishing many of the back areas, working to help neighbors and strangers alike, and he will be missed.
For information on funeral arrangements and donations, please contact Patti M. Stewart at (727) 580-4189, or Debra J Macking at (727) 277-2021. You may also find the Life of Harold David Macking on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/HaroldDMacking.
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