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The Rev. Alverita D. Mack, of Williamsburg, died July 10, 2015, at Riverside Doctors’ Hospital in Williamsburg. She was 71.
Wake services will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2015, at Whiting’s Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at noon on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at St. John Baptist Church in Williamsburg.
Rev. Alverita D. Mack was born Alverta Rebecca Daniel to William G. Daniel and Rebecca Daniel. Alverta was the youngest daughter of the nine children born to William and Rebecca. At an early age, she was an energetic and active member of church and school. She always held an affinity for her alma mater Bruton Heights School and her schoolmates there.
Around the time when Alverta met David Mack and they decided to enter into holy matrimony, she discovered that her birth certificate officially listed her name as Alberta. That name was not to her liking, so she decided to officially change her name to Alverita. Married on Feb. 4, 1965, Alverita and David Mack went on to raise three children, Velvet, Steven and David Jr.
Alverita went on to have an extraordinarily active life in service to her family, church, community and career. Along with raising her children to have active lifestyles, she managed to carve out a successful 44-year civil service career with the federal government.
In service to her community, Alverita was an active member in various civic and religious organizations. On April 27, 1987, she joined the Pride of Grove Chapter 181, Order of the Eastern Star. She served as the worthy matron for OES from 2001 to 2003.
She was a member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club since 1983. She held office for the NANBPWC at the local, district and national levels, including, being named chaplain at the district level and president at the local level. There are many other organizations in which Alverita was an active member and sub-committee leader, such as the NAACP and Virginia Union Alumni association.
As a longtime member of St. John Baptist Church, Alverita worked tirelessly in support of the church and served in many capacities, including the Board of Christian Education, usher board, Sunday school staff, Ruth Missionary Board, children’s ministry, Woman’s Auxiliary and many other activities such as organizing the women’s and youth day services, facilitating the Women’s Retreat, Bible study and teaching vacation bible school.
In her pursuit to serve the Lord with all her might, she expanded her service to God. Alverita performed her initial sermon on Sunday, Aug. 11, 1996. She became an ordained minister on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2004.
While maintaining her commitment to her family, church and community, Rev. Mack set out and achieved goals in her personal life as well. She had an unbridled passion for knowledge and education, which manifested itself by her earning an associate’s degree from Saint Leo University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from Virginia Union University.
All of these accomplishments she achieved after surpassing the tender age of 50. These personal achievements have inspired her loved ones and have become a beacon of light to motivate her family and friends.
Rev. Mack is survived by her husband, David Mack Sr.; children, Velvet Daniel, of Fort Washington, Maryland, Steven D. Mack Sr., of Newport News and David Mack Jr., of Accokeek, Maryland; grandchildren, Steven D. Mack Jr., Ashley P. Mack and Johnathan C. Mack; great-grandchild, Lyrik A. Hylton; siblings, Rachel Reid, Maybell Lee, Thomas Daniel, Ruth Allison, William Daniel Jr. and Jerome Daniel; daughters-in-law, Kimball Mack and Adrianne A. Mack; along with a host of loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Whiting’s Funeral Home.
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