He was the son of the late Arthur and Sallie Mackey of Hot Springs, Va. He was married for 53 years to the love of his life and best friend, Joan Jennings Mackey. After living all of his life in Bath County, A.B. and Joan moved to Florida in July of 2018. He missed his friends especially his Thursday morning breakfast group; however, he loved being in the warm weather of Florida. After graduation from high school, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, served in the United States Air Force and graduated from Capitol Institute of Technology. He was retired from the United States Forest Service as a communication officer and from Bath County School system as the Maintenance Director. He was a life long member of Healing Springs Baptist Church where he served as a trustee. After his retirement he enjoyed working in his flower gardens, helping with projects at the Healing Springs Baptist church and helping others in need. He was an active member of Millboro Masonic Lodge #28 and in May of 2018 he was presented with his sixty-year pin. During his years as a Mason he served as Master of Hot Springs Masonic Lodge and Valley Springs Masonic Lodge.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded by Guyle Fuller, Elizabeth Fuller, Gordon Jennings, and Larry Jennings.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a son and daughter –in –law Kenneth and Holly Mackey, precious granddaughter Morgan Mackey who loved to ride in her Granddaddy’s roller walker with him pushing her. He is also survived by a niece Mary Beth Matlock (Bryon), Nickelsville, Virginia, nephews, Jeff Jennings (Tutti) Gate City, Virginia, Chad Jennings (Susanne) Houston, Texas, and Rev Todd Jennings (Amanda) Mt. Carmel, Tennessee, three sisters in laws Kaye Jennings, Kingsport, Tennessee, Janice Jennings, Yuma, Virginia and Velma Vicars Gate City, Virginia and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Gate City Funeral Home with service following with Rev. Todd Jennings officiating.
Interment will be at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, Tennessee on Saturday February 9 at 11:00AM with Military rites conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post #3, Kingsport, TN and Post #265, Gate City, VA.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Jennings, Chad Jennings, Justin Castle, Wil Jennings, John Matlock, and Bryon Matlock.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Healing Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 4697 Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.