Alfred Burton Mackey Jr.

September 21, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Alfred Burton Mackey, Jr., 87, died at home on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, after five months of treatment for lung cancer. 

Burton was a native Charlottean, graduating from Central High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He worked for Home Federal Savings and Loan for 37 years where he was Vice President/Treasurer.  A long-time member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he served as Deacon, Elder and Elder Emeritus.  A talented musician, Burton was a carillonneur and participated in the music ministry playing hand bells, piano and singing in the choir.  He also played the piano at Sharon Towers for Sunday night Vespers for over 20 years.  His interests were many and varied including the Red Cross Pheresis program, Friendship Trays, Habitat for Humanity and mission trips.  He was generous with his time and resources to many charities.

Burton is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Jernigan Mackey; son, Charles Mackey and his wife, Susan; daughter, Catherine Edwards and her husband, Tom and granddaughters, Anna and Laura Edwards.  He was predeceased by his parents, A.B. Mackey and Agnes Mackey; son, Christopher Burton Mackey and sister, Betty Guion Hunter.

He was loved and cared for by his family in his last days.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street in Charlotte.  Masks are preferred, but not required. 

Memorials may be offered in memory of Burton to a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Suzanne Crawford

    My thoughts and prayers are with you this day. Even though we didn't see each other often, Burton was always one of my cousins I enjoy being around. Will surely miss him.

  • Judy Hefner

    So sorry Nancy to read this post. Sympathy to you and your family over losing your husband and their father. Love and prayers for you. They were so musical. I remember Betty leading the choir at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian. Thinking of you. Judy Hefner

  • Peggy Young

    Burton was always a very special friend.
    As teenagers at AG and Central High School we shared in many activities. He was a talented musician and played for me to sing and we had fun together. It is hard for me to believe I will never see him again but I will always cherish the memories. It is hard to say goodbye. Love to Burton and his family.

  • Barbara Bunker Morrison

    I worked with Burton at Home Federal for twenty six years. Have many memories of him and HFS&L during that time. He will be missed. Prayers for the family during this time of sorrow.

  • Carletta McIntosh

    One of the HF Basement Gang just made me aware of Burton’s passing. I am so sorry. So many good memories from working with him for 32 years! Prayers for all??

  • Rick Peek

    Dear Charles, Susan, Catherine, Tom, and Nancy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Mackey had a profound influence on me growing up and always made me feel welcome during my many visits and overnight stays at your home. His deep involvement at Covenant and especially the Music program left an indelible mark on my parents as well. I hold you all in my prayers.

    Rick Peek

  • Renee Calderon

    He was a great person, I was his barber for 40 years, He will be miss for ever, He is with God now. Looking for us from Heaven.

  • Brant Hart

    So sorry to hear about Burton's death. I met him when he visited Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church when his sister Betty was our organist. They sounded good together playing the piano and organ. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Burton's family.

  • Woody Scott

    A kind and gentle man always smiling. RIP Burton.