Mack D. Brantley, 88 years old of Clairton, Pennsylvania, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, in Allegheny Health Network Jefferson Hospital.
Mack was born on August 20, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Louis and Addie Andrews Brantley. He was also preceded in death by his son, Eugene Brantley, grandson, Michael Brantley, and brother, Milton Brantley.
Mack proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1950 until 1953; He was then employed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. After retiring from the state of Pennsylvania, Mack worked for Rich’s Confectionary.
Mack Arrived in Clairton in 1934, his walk with Christ led him to become a member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mack was a faithful member for over 70 years, serving as a member of the Trustee Board. He also founded the Male Chorus in 1983 and has been a member, director, and president for over thirty-six years.
Mack was active in his local community: a member of the Hollywood Social and Literary Society, the James P. Royster Post 817 American Legion, The Chess Club, where he was the first African-American Chess champion, co-founder of the Clairton Bears Fan Bus with Theda Fuqua; an avid and devoted Clairton Bears football, basketball fan, and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. Also, Mack coached the Ladies’ Dodgerettes in the 1960s, who won many championships. He also received the Clairton Branch NAACP Community Service Award.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Hilda Washington Brantley of Clairton; daughter, Brenda Brantley, Boston, MA; sons, Carthele Smith and Shawn Washington both of McKeesport; sisters, Bernadette Holly, Fontana (Eric) Crable, and Janella (Phillip) Hamlin all of Clairton; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Ethel Dora Caldwell; a host of other cousins; Mack’s special, golden friends were Wallace Finch, William Gadson, Richard Price, Charles Warfield, and Delanor Watts.