SERGEANT MACK LAWRENCE MINGGIA, JR. (RET) was born on June 3, 1962, in Littleton, North Carolina, to Lillie Mae Richardson Minggia and the late Lawrence Edward Minggia. He transitioned from this earthly life on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Durham Veterans Health Care in Durham, North Carolina.
Mack accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during his early life and became a lifetime member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, North Carolina. Throughout his military travels, he visited many different churches, but always called Mount Zion home.
His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System, and he graduated from Northwest Halifax High School in Littleton, North Carolina. He then enlisted in the United States Army with assignment stateside and overseas. From 2003 through 2009, Mack was deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Border Patrol in Yuma, Arizona, and his military accomplishments and awards were many: Army Commendation Medal, Army achievement Medal – Second Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal – Second Award, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w. “M” Device), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Driver and Mechanic Badge.
After successfully serving his country, Mack retired after twenty-four years with an honorable discharge. He later became employed with the North Carolina Department of Corrections and later transferred to the Virginia Department of Corrections, quickly rising to the rank of Sergeant, and retired after twenty years of loyal, dedicated service.
Mack enjoyed cooking, especially on the grill, creating his own special award-winning “Mack’s BBQ Sauce”. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, landscaping, listening to music, and just being outdoors.
Those left with many fond and wonderful memories are his devoted and loving wife, Tanya of the home; his mother, Lillie Cameron of Littleton, NC; his daughter, Lanita Williams (Deon) of Woodbridge, VA; his sons, Michael Minggia (Leita) of Temple, TX, Michael Palmer (Anna) of Denver, CO, Marcus Palmer (LaTisha) of Tuscon, Az, and Turquoise Lomax of Littleton, NC; his sister, Hazel Minggia (James) of Littleton, NC; his brothers, Lester Minggia (Fannie) of Littleton, NC, and Alvin Ray Minggia (Jeanette) of Drewryville, VA; his nieces and nephews, Pamela Richardson (Lamont), Otha Taylor, Carlos Knight (Joy), and Derrick Burgess (Nikki) all of Littleton, NC, Shonda Beatty (Nick, US Army) of Ft. Leonardwood, MO, Joven Powell (Julie) of Drewryville, VA, and Trevin, Al and Darren Minggia; his uncles and aunts, Willie Richardson of Washington, DC, Elaine Richardson, Ellen Alston (Jessie), and Louise Minggia all of Littleton, NC, Daisy Fields of Roanoke, VA, Nellie Bow (Lawrence) of Danville, VA, and Helen Bunch and Delores Minggia of Roanoke Rapids, NC; seven great-nieces, seven great-nephews, one great-great nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Rev. Dr. Eugene Lott will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, 648 Harristown Road, Macon, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.