Mackie Funeral Service & Cremations was a dream of Marvin Abram “ Doc “ Mackie. He was a community spirited entrepreneur who saw not only the connection, but the need in our community sorely lacking in professional undertaking services. In 1914 Doc Mackie opened a grocery store that soon developed into a general store, whose merchandise included coffins. In those days general stores sold everything from “the cradle to the grave”.
Doc Mackie took over the undertaking business of the old firm Moore and Hoke whose services went little beyond casket sales and delivery. Providing funeral services today is a profession; but in the early twentieth century, Granite Falls had neither a funeral home or a funeral director. Coffins were sold at the Mackie General Store and were delivered to the residence. Family members or neighbors prepared the deceased for services and burial. Even when calls came late at night. It is said that the Doc Mackie was given full charge when there was a death, sometimes even being the “preacher” for the funeral.
In 1917 Doc closed out the grocery business to open a furniture store and funeral home. In 1933 he bought the Russell home place on Main Street; and for a time, it served as the first funeral home in Granite Falls. In 1947 the house was dismantled to make way for a more spacious structure housing a funeral home and furniture store side by side. One of his sons Boyce “Snook” Mackie by that time was a graduate of Gupton-Jones School of Embalming and became manager of the funeral home. Not only was the new facility Boyce Mackie’s dream come true, but was also an asset for the town, with a fully furnished chapel, family receiving rooms, and state of the art preparation room- the first and only one in town. Another son, Glenn Mackie managed the furniture business.
In 1963 Annie Mackie High and her husband purchased the D.H. Warlick home at 35 Duke Street in Granite Falls. Open house was held for the funeral home in December of 1963. In 2007 the firm was purchased by W. Ed Whisenant and professionally operated with many upgrades until 2020. Ed and his wife JeanA, decided to retire, and having a friendship with the owners of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese they came to an agreement to sell the firm. On May 1, 2020 Andy Thompson and Ed Plemmons had the honor of officially being a part of the Mackie Funeral Service family. Andy Thompson’s family has had a long history in the Granite Falls/Grace Chapel Community.