Mack Conner IV
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mack Conner IV departed his earthly life Sept. 11, 2020, in Memphis, Tennessee, just days after celebrating his 20th birthday. Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Memorial Park South Woods, Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, Tennessee. There will be visitation from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (following COVID-19 guidelines) at Harrison’s Memorial Chapel INC., 3320 Millbranch Road, Memphis.
Mack Conner IV entered this life Sept. 4, 2000, in Greenville. He was the oldest of three sons born to Mack Conner III and Lakia McCollough. Mack graduated with honors from Grad Academy, Memphis, in 2018, and continued his education at Tennessee College of Applied Technology while working part-time at Chuck E. Cheese.
He enjoyed working and earning his own money and also making his parents and family members proud of his academic achievements. Lil Mack, as he was affectionately called by his family and close friends, had plans for how he wanted to proceed in life. He had accomplished his first step by completing his course work at Tennessee College of Applied Technology where he obtained his technological trade Certification of Industrial Maintenance, and in August 2020, he enrolled at the University of Memphis and became an on-campus resident where he gained many new friends and enjoyed his few face-to-face classes and online/GroupMe classes due to the COVID-19. Because of his desire to help others, he chose to major in psychology. Everyone who came in touch with Lil Mack left him feeling better about themselves; he radiated such positive vibes that people often spoke about his kind, compassionate smile and his understanding words. He was an extremely caring and helpful support for his younger brothers whom he always expressed his pride for their growth and progress. He approached the obstacles of life with the logic and reasoning beyond his years and made others realize that there was hope even in the most difficult situations. Mack lived by the principle: “My Love is stronger than my Wrath” which he wore tattooed on his arm along with his deceased baby sister’s name “Amaya.” He was a true believer in “Family” and made sure to connect with his loved ones often. He was committed to attending family affairs no matter of the circumstances. Mack will truly be missed by many friends and his family.
Preceding Mack in eternal rest were paternal great-grandfather, Mack Conner Sr.; paternal great-grandmother, Venora Conner Byrd; paternal great-grandparents, Cansada and William Lucas Sr.; paternal great-aunt and uncle, Frankie and William Lucas Jr.; paternal great-aunt, Isa Lucas Freeman; paternal great-uncles, Wenston and Lorance Lucas, and Willie Horton; and his sister, Amaya Iana Soleil Conner.
In addition to his loving and devoted parents, Mack leaves to cherish his memory his maternal grandparents, Willie and Oscar Watson, of Greenwood; Lewis and Erma McCollough, of Southhaven; brothers, Lakeitron Conner, Tarion J. Conner, and Marchello Moore Jr., all of Memphis, and Makell Conner; “play brother,” Jehki Shephard, both of Greenville; maternal aunts, Kamesa (Donavan) Sibley, Kesalyn (Anthony) People, of Greenville, and Mershall Mason, of Memphis; and maternal uncle, Dijuan (Kanesha) McCollough, of Southaven.
Mack also leaves his paternal grandparents, Willie and Shirley Williams, and Mack Conner Jr. and his paternal great-aunt, Delorese (S.T.) Smith, all of Greenville; paternal great-aunts, Laverne (Henry) Gray, of Chicago, Jeannette Lucas, of Memphis, Vanessa Brown, of Las Vegas, Marcia Lucas, of Greenville, Patricia (Eric) Conner Carter, of Dallas, TX, Donna Conner Buchanan, of Oxford, Terrie (Michael) Conner Elam, of Houston, TX, and Geraldine Horton, of Covington, GA; paternal great-uncles, Lowell Lucas, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Manuel Conner, of Dallas, TX; and maternal aunts, Dr. Kimberly Womback (Alex) Rice, of Memphis, and Jane’t Buford Johnson, of Orlando, FL. He also leaves a host of first and second cousins, including special cousins, Karon and Kashara Cooks, of Greenville, nieces and nephews, and many friends including his group of close-knit special friends who attended the four-year pilot school at Grad Academy with him.
The family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to the Memphis Police Department, especially SGT. Ozell Toles, and Investigators: SGTs Kossler, Mosby, and Polk. Also, the family expresses special prayer and words of thanks to Mack’s new roommate and newest friend, Sanyu Rogers.