Robert Mack

Robert Bernard Mack

February 5, 1966 - October 24, 2019
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Robert “Bernard” Mack, the son of the late Robert Otis Heath and the late Mamie Suggs Mack and Robert Louis Mack was born February 5, 1966 in Durham, NC. He transitioned from this life into eternity on October 24, 2019.

Bernard graduated from Durham High School in 1984. After high school he first worked as a cook at Darryl’s Steakhouse. Subsequently, he worked concurrently at UPS and Duke University for nine years before deciding to continue with Duke University alone for the next twenty-two years.

Bernard was baptized at Morehead Baptist Church at an early age and in 2001, he joined Union Baptist Church where he served as Assistant Scout Master of Troop 411 for 6 years and he served in the Usher Ministry for almost 6 years. Bernard also served as a board member on his neighborhood Homeowner Association for 10 years.

Bernard and Kennedine Bishop were united in holy matrimony on September 10, 2001. To this union was born one son, David Kennard.

Bernard was humble, kind, and compassionate. He was very attentive to his family. He was always present at celebrations for family members and he was always eager to bring the family together in fellowship by hosting special events. Bernard loved to travel, so much so that he, Kennedine, and David spent much of their leisure time traveling to visit family and friends. Bernard had a passion for service that was perhaps best evident in his leadership and work with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He especially enjoyed the camping adventures. Finally, Bernard had a grateful spirit. Even while hospitalized, there was always a smile, a thumbs up, a fist bump, or a hug for care-givers, family, and friends that offered assistance and support.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Kennedine; his son, David Kennard; his grandmother, Lorraine Mack; his father, Robert Louis Mack; three sisters, Rhonda Minnifield (late Charles), Monica Mack, Artris Arnette (Torrell); two brothers, John McNair (Karen) and Kevin Green; mother-in-law, Bessie Taylor (Willie); father-in-law, Andrew Bishop, Sr.; one sister-in-law, Demetris Bishop; four brothers-in-law, Tyrone Woodard, Andrew Bishop, Jr. (Melonie), Rudolph Bishop, Percell Bishop (ShaLonda); three special aunts, Wilma Ruffin, Carolyn Cooper, and Vernette Bailey; four special cousins, Debra Smith, Steve Smith, Rodney Smith and Darren Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday November 1, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday November 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Union Baptist Church
    904 N. Roxboro St.
    DURHAM, NC 27701
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  • Service

    Friday November 1, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday November 1, 2019 11:00am
    Union Baptist Church
    904 N. Roxboro St.
    DURHAM, NC 27701
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    Rev. Prince R. Rivers
  • Interment

    Glennview Memorial Park
    Hwy 55 and Riddle Rd.
    DURHAM, NC 27713
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Carol Sorochinski

Posted at 11:11pm
Just heard the sad news today and my heart was instantly aching. Bernie was one of the most fun loving guys I ever met. We joked that I was his worst nightmare but his smile always let me know where I stood. I haven’t seen a picture yet that captured the love of live that he had in his smile. It was contagious. Bernie, I hope you know how much you meant to us at Duke Raleigh Hospital. You will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family and friends.
With much sympathy,
Carol Sorochinski
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Lisa Parker-Hawkins

Posted at 11:32am
To my "OLD" neighborhood family I send my deepest sympathy doing this time. My hearts and prayers are with the Mack family. Bernard was such a wonderful person with a beautiful spirit. We had fond memories growing up in Lincoln Apartments, thinking about the days as neighbors, when family and togetherness meant so much. May the God of all comfort give your family peace.
Lisa Parker-Hawkins

James McLean

Posted at 11:25pm
I have not seen Robert "Mack Truck" since our graduation in 1984. I was just asking through a mutual friend (Roosevelt Waller) about him and remembering our days at Holton and DHS. I regret not making the time to meet up with him when I was in town.
Robert has always been a man of high character and a true friend.

May God comfort your love ones during these sad times.

Your brother,

James "Banks" McLean

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Posted at 02:02pm
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Bernice Daniels

Posted at 01:39pm
Bernard was such a good person. He was fun to talk to and fun to be around. I rarely saw him without a smile on his face and a positive word when I needed it. I call Bernard a friend and more than a co-worker. He was like family. I could laugh with Bernard, joke with him, or just have a great conversation with him. He always had a great attitude and a positive outlook on life in general. Bernard, the office is not the same without you. This all seems so surreal. I still expect you to be sitting at your desk when I get to work in the morning, maybe turn your radio up loud, or make that extra, special effort to walk to the back of the room to say good morning to everyone. I wish I knew why God wanted you so soon, but I know His ways are not our ways. He picked one of the best of the best. You set the example and others will continue to follow. God bless you, my friend and your beautiful family, always. You are truly missed.
Love you,
Bernice Daniels

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