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 James McClan “Mack” Adkins

James McClan “Mack” Adkins

Tennessee, USA
Death 2 Feb 1966 (aged 70)
Burial Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
Plot L, 9, 9
Military PVT, US ARMY
Memorial ID 260588 · View Source
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Mack served in the U.S. Army during WWI in France. He was trained as a cook and cooking was his career for the remainder of his life. He was in love with the same woman all his life long, a woman named Maggie. My father, who was Mack's nephew, was unsure of the circumstances of the relationship but he knew that Maggie had broken Mack's heart and that Mack's favorite song was "When You and I Were Young, Maggie".

Mack had no children of his own, but he was a wonderful uncle to his nieces and nephews. My father remembers Mack's amazing generosity - some might give a child a penny in those lean days, but Mack would give a quarter, which was a lot of money back then. He would take his niece and small nephews (including my father) to the local drugstore and buy them as much candy as they wanted. It was the only candy the children ever got, because the family was near-destitute in those days.

My father remembers Mack as always smiling, happy-go-lucky and good-natured. He loved to wear nice clothes and was a very sharp dresser. My father especially remembers one bleak Christmas day when his family had nothing - not even food in the house, so my father and the other children were going hungry. Mack arrived out of the blue with a carload of groceries for them - even fruit, which the children had hardly ever tasted. He made it a wonderful Christmas and my father has never forgotten his uncle's generosity at that time.

I never got to meet my great-uncle Mack, but through my father's memories I feel as though I know him now. May you rest in eternal peace, Uncle Mack. You are not forgotten.


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  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James McClan “Mack” Adkins (23 Oct 1895–2 Feb 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 260588, citing Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Morganna (contributor 46618242) .