Mackey-Wilson-Jennings Funeral Home, Inc.

About Us

OUR HISTORY

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Mackey-Wilson-Jennings was founded in 1929 and is the oldest African-American Funeral Home in Lagrange, GA. 


The original site was located downtown  on Hines Street  in Lagrange, GA. During the 1940's the business moved to it's present location.

 

We are not only committed to serving our families but to our community outreach programs that includes The Alfred Jennings Free Health & Screening  Clinic for adults and The Children's Free Clinic that provides free health exams, birth certificates and immunization vouchers required for school enrollment of Daycare, kindergarten and Pre-K students.

 


THE LEGACY CONTINUES

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The Tradition of serving the community with Dignity, Honesty & Integrity is continued under the leadership of Alfred Jennings's daughter, Wanda Jennings since 2003.  

 

Ms. Jennings a graduate of Howard University was a founding Board of Director member for the Harmony House a Women's Domestic Violence Shelter, C.H.I.L.I. Community Housing Initiative for Latinos & Immigrants and the founder of the  501c3 non-profit Bringing the Ages Together whose activities include the Alfred Jennings Health & Screening Clinic for adults, The Free Children's Clinic and Bringing the Ages Together Free Family Festival  during her time in Lagrange.


Ms. Jennings is the 2018 receipient of the "Home Town Hero" Award from the West Georgia Regional  American Red Cross. 


She brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of corporate business, education, radio/tv broadcasting and entrepreneurship.


Ms. Jennings has worked with AT&T, Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Telecommunications, The  Rouse Company, Communications Teacher 

at Walbrook High School in Baltimore, Md., Western Union Corporation, Board Member of the Historic Development Corp for the MLK, Jr. District, Atlanta, Owner of "C" Arrangements and United Insurance Co.





 


OUR FOUNDERS

REV. W.T. MACKEY

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OUR FOUNDER, WAS AN AREA CME MINISTER FOR SEVERAL CHURCHES INCLUDING NEW HARMONY CME AND WARD'S CHAPEL CME CHURCHES IN LAGRANGE AND TROUP COUNTY.


REV. MACKEY WAS A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WHO FOUNDED THE BENEVOLENT LODGE ALONG WITH W.S. MCCUTCHEN, A.D. GREEN AND MABLE GREEN AND OTHERS.


 THE MEMBERS ESTABLISHED A  BURIAL FUND BY POOLING COMMUNITY DONATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP FUNDS TO ASSIST WITH IT'S MEMBERS AND NEEDY  INDIVIDUALS IN THE COMMUNITY.  


REV. MACKEY BUILT THE LODGE MEETING HALL, THAT WAS LEASED FOR $1.00 A YEAR TO THE FAMOUS AMERICAN LEGION ON KEYES STREET.  THE BUILDING STILL HAS A MARBLE PLAQUE WITH HIS NAME TODAY.

GEE WILSON

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MR. GEE WILSON, JOINED MACKEY-WILSON FUNERAL HOME AND WAS A MENTOR FOR MANY IN THE INDUSTRY. 


MR. WILSON WAS WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL EMBALMING SKILLS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF MANY  EMBALMERS IN TROUP COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS.


MR. WILSON PROVIDED AMBULANCE SERVICES TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY DURING THE SEGREGATION PERIOD. 


MR. WILSON, MARRIED LERAH GREEN WHO ASSISTED HIM IN OPERATING THE FUNERAL HOME.

LERAH WILSON HUGHLEY

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MRS. LERAH WILSON. AFFECTIONALY KNOWN AS "MISS LERAH", WAS AMONG THE FEW WOMEN THAT OPERATED A FUNERAL HOME IN THE 50'S.


AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND, MR. GEE WILSON, MISS LERAH BROUGHT IN A NEW AREA OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

MISS LERAH WAS ACTIVE IN SOCIAL, CIVIC AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZAITONS. 


MISS LERAH GAINED STATEWIDE RECOGNITION FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN OUR AREA DUING THE 70'S.


GOV. GEORGE BUSBEE NAMED MISS LERAH A SPECIAL AIDE TO THE STATE OF GEORGIA  WHICH WAS AN HONOR FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN IN THE SOUTH DURING THAT TIME.


SHE WAS ALSO NAMED MORTICIAN OF THE YEAR BY THE GEORGIA FUNERAL SERVICE  PRACTITIONERS ASSOCIATION. 


MRS. LERAH WILSON HUGHLEY, WAS A TRAILBLAZER AND DEEPLY SUPPORTED HER BELOVED LAGRANGE AND SURROUNDING AREAS. 

ALFRED JENNINGS

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AT THE AGE OF 4, ALFRED KNEW HE WANTED TO BECOME AN EMBALMER AND FUNERAL DIRECTOR.


HE CONVINCED MR. GEE WILSON TO LET HIM WORK AT THE FUNERAL HOME AT AGE 14.


HE COMPLETED HIS STUDIES AND BECAME A FULL TIME EMBALMER AND FUNERAL DIRECTOR IN 1952.


IN 1973, ALFRED BECAME A OWNER AND THE NAME CHANGE TO MACKEY-WILSON-JENNINGS 


ALFRED WAS A GIVER TO THE COMMUNITY HE LOVED. PAYING COLLEGE TUITIONS, FUNDING CHURCHES, PAYING RENT, MORTGAGES  ANYTHING TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF LAGRANGE AND TROUP COUNTY AREAS.


HE SERVED AS TREASURER FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 580 FROM 1967 UNTIL HIS PASSING IN 2002.


ALFRED JENNINGS WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN -AMERICAN TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT WEST GA. MEDICAL CENTER, NOW KNOWN AS WELLSTAR WEST GA. MEDICAL CENTER. 


 HE SERVED  FOUR TERMS AND WAS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. 


DURING HIS TENURE, FLORENCE HAND NURSING HOME, THE COLEMAN COMMUNITY  CENTER AND WEST GA HOSPICE, NOW KNOWN AS WELLSTAR WEST GA. HOSPICE WERE ESTABLISHED.