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Mack Steele Sr.

Mack Ewin Steele Sr. of Dunlap passed away Wednesday,  June 6, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

He was born April 2, 1930 at Silver Point, Tennessee in Putnam County. He graduated from TPI, now Tennessee Technological University, with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1954 and was commissioned a 2nd  Lieutenant in the U. S. Army in August of 1954. After serving in the Army, he joined the Tennessee National Guard, where he attained the rank of Captain. He was Assistant County Agent in Morgan County, Tennessee, then in 1964 moved to Dunlap and served as County Agricultural Agent of Sequatchie County until 1985. He was a teacher for Sequatchie County Schools and served one year as interim principal of Sequatchie County Middle School.

Mack was a member of First Baptist Church of Dunlap for 48 years and served as a deacon. He was a Past Master of New Hope Lodge 583 F&AM and a member of Dunlap Lodge 693 F&AM. He was a member of New Hope Chapter 340 Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron for 29 years.

His parents, John and Mary Steele; brother, William Henry Steele; and sisters, Ollie Davidson, Corda Palmer and Avora Irene Steele, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Smith Steele; sons, Mack E. Steele Jr. and Jeremy (Carol) Steele and daughter, Mary (Dan) Lovely; grandchildren, Morgan Steele, Pvt. Clay E. Steele, Carter and Cayla Allen, and Nicholas and Benjamin Lovely; sister, Orgie Steele; sister-in-law, Virginia Steele; brothers-in-law, Wallace Smith and Harold (Becky) Smith and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 10 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jeremy Byrd and Dr. Fred Steelman officiating. Burial was in Sequatchie County Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sequatchie County 4-H Foundation, 170 Church Street, Dunlap, TN 37327 or Frist Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 126, Dunlap, TN 37327.

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Standefer-Reed Funeral Home of Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.

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