Mack Monroe Earnhardt, Sr., 96, of Waverly, Ohio passed from this life on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Born on March 20, 1926 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and growing up in Charlotte and Kannapolis, North Carolina, at an early age Mack showed an interest in learning and a special aptitude for scientific studies.
After graduating from high school in Kannapolis, Mack enrolled in an engineering program at Clemson University. Before completing his degree requirements at Clemson, however, Mack served his country honorably in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, beginning with his induction in July, 1944.
Following his discharge from the Army Air Forces in June of 1946, Mack returned to his studies at Clemson, graduating in 1949, with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Mack would remain a loyal Clemson Tiger football fan for the rest of his life.
In May of 1950, while employed in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Mack met the love of his life, Jean Hicklin. Theirs was a whirlwind courtship and they were married on Christmas Day, 1950. Jean, who survives, remained Mack’s loyal life partner and best friend for the next 72 years.
To Mack and Jean were born two children, Susan Elaine Earnhardt and Mack Monroe Earnhardt, Jr.
In 1954, Mack and Jean relocated with their family to Waverly, Ohio where Mack had accepted employment as a chemical engineer at the newly constructed Goodyear Atomic Corporation Plant at Piketon. Mack would continue employment with Goodyear and successor companies at the A-Plant until his retirement from employment in 1989. Following his retirement, Mack returned to perform contract work for various firms at the plant site for the next approximately 20 years.
During his years in Waverly, Mack was active in his children’s school and church activities. Mack and Jean also enjoyed square dancing and camping with friends. Mack, Jean and the children enjoyed vacationing together, frequently traveling to North and South Carolina to visit family.
One of Mack’s favorite activities was flying. He obtained a private pilot’s license and thoroughly enjoyed flying over the hills of southern Ohio. Occasionally, Mack would fly his family to the Carolinas where he and Jean grew up. For several years, Mack was also a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol at the Minford, Ohio airport.
In addition to his loving wife, Mack is survived by his daughter, Susan Deering and her husband Randy, by his son, Mack Earnhardt, Jr. and his wife, Christina, and by four grandchildren, Sarah Deering Malone (Andrew), Robert Monroe Deering (Brandy), Jessica Earnhardt, and Allison Earnhardt, and two great-grandchildren, Camden David Deering and Maxon Monroe-Pershing Deering.
The family extends a special thank you to Dana Minshall for her kind assistance.
Consistent with Mack’s wishes a private funeral service was held for the family.
Arrangements in care of Botkin Hornback Funeral Home in Waverly.