Robert Earl Mackey Sr., was born to the late Dorothy Mackey and Joe West on May 19th, 1949, in Portland, Oregon. Robert lived in the North East area of Portland, also where he was raised. He attended Highland Grade School and well as Jefferson High School. In earlier years in his life, he relocated to Seattle, Washington where he worked at SeaDruNar Recycling as a truck driver. Robert eventually returned to his home city of Portland with his family and friends.
Throughout his life, Robert was known for many loves, cars and clothes being one. He took pride in his appearance, coordinating his attire from his hats down to the crease in his pants. He was a cavalier man, very humorous, with a contagious smile. He had an amazing ability to make difficult situations light, loving to laugh, and refusing to let anything “hold him down.” Robert liked his quiet time, this is where he enjoyed another one of his loves, music. He listened to various genres, blues being his favorite. He was a kind, caring man, making amends to all those he loved and cared for. Robert loved his family, and loved partaking in family gatherings. You would often see Robert, who was also known as “ Robert Earl and Uncle Pookie”, sitting amongst his children, nieces and nephews, laughing telling jokes about the days of old. You could also find him playing card games, chess, and dominos amongst the family.
Robert Earl is survived by his 6 daughters: Celeste Reed, Tarisha Mackey, Ebony Mackey, Kara Mackey, Samantha Mackey, Natalie Mackey and his one and only son Robert Earl Mackey Jr. (2) Sisters: Charlestta Reed and Barbara Jean West and brother In-Law Dale Blassingame. He is proceeded in death by his only brother Joseph “Junie” West. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, great and great-great, cousins and friends. Robert was a jewel to his family and will greatly missed.
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