Foyce Clay Mackey

The co-director of youth ministries at Mount Pisgah CME Church became an ordained minister two years ago.

August 31, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

The Rev. Foyce Clay Mackey, co-director of youth and young adult ministries at Mount Pisgah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, died of complications from heart transplant surgery Aug. 23 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Northwood resident was 33.

"We had such high hopes for him, and we're going to miss him. He had a very bright career ahead of him," said the Rev. Lynwood Hudson Leverette Sr., who has pastored the Sandtown-Winchester church since 1993.

"If you had to describe him in one word, it would have to be 'warm.' He wanted to be a friend of man and not a critic," Mr. Leverette said. "If he heard someone say something bad about someone, he'd find something good to say about them. He was a peacemaker."

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary in yesterday's editions gave an incorrect date for services for the Rev. Foyce Clay Mackey, who died Aug. 23. The services were held Saturday.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

Mr. Mackey was born in Baltimore and raised in Sandtown-Winchester.

He was a 1992 graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School and Baltimore City Community College. He also was a graduate of RETS Electronics School in Baltimore.

For the past eight years, he had been employed as an electrician with Hawkins Electric Service Inc.

Mr. Mackey was baptized and became a member of Mount Pisgah in 1995, and two years ago was ordained a minister in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

In addition to being co-director of youth and young adult ministries at the church, he also served as a steward, Sunday school superintendent, director of the board of Christian education, director of the Methodist Men's Fellowship, chairman of Men's Day Service and president of the church choir.

"He was an exceedingly busy young man who, despite being so young, was very old in wisdom," said the Rev. Patricia A. DeGrafenreid, assistant pastor at the church.

"He was a tireless worker in God's vineyard. Everything he did he did with joy, praise to God and with a spirit of thanksgiving. He was always willing to help," she said.

She said that Mr. Mackey especially enjoyed his work with young people.

"He loved children, and the young adults in the church looked up to him," she said.

Before being admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital this year, when he received a second heart transplant on March 23, he was busy planning and arranging for a delegation of 28 youths and young adults from the church to attend a National Youth and Young Adult Conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church that was being held in Orlando, Fla.

This was Mr. Mackey's second heart transplant surgery. He was 20 when he underwent the procedure in 1995, family members said.

His preaching style from the pulpit was described by Mrs. DeGrafenreid as "fiery."

"When Foyce got up to pray, he was able to take the people to a level where they could feel the very presence of God. When he prayed, you felt God's presence," she said. "You couldn't help but feel he had God's ear."

Despite having both of his legs amputated after the surgery and developing kidney and other medical problems, Mr. Mackey remained "positive, upbeat and joyous," Mrs. DeGrafenreid said.

"He won over the hearts of his caretakers in the hospital. From his hospital bed, he would evangelize to nurses, doctors, techs and anyone who would listen about the goodness of God, and he'd invite them to visit his church," she said.

"Shortly before he died, he said he was tired and wanted to go home," Mrs. DeGrafenreid said. "The world lost a good man when Foyce Clay Mackey died."

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed shooting pool and spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. todayat his church, 1034 N. Fulton St.

Surviving are his wife of four years, the Rev. Tiffany Nicole Jackson, who was co-director with her husband of youth and young adult ministries; two daughters, Shannah Bateman and Dhikyra Mackey; a son, Corey Jackson; a stepdaughter, Dasia Jackson; his mother, Eurma Chapple of Baltimore; his father and stepmother, Henry Clay and Ruth Mackey of Baltimore; and three brothers, Charles Chapple, Andre Mackey and Dale Dennis, all of Baltimore.

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