Dr. Fred Lackey Remembered for ‘Heart for the Lord and Desire to Serve Others’
Celebration of Life Service set for Wednesday, July 6
MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Fred Lackey, assistant to the president at University of Mobile and executive/associate pastor at Clements Baptist Church in Athens, Alabama, died Saturday, July 2.
Lackey, 81, had more than 60 years in the ministry, including leadership positions at the highest levels of Alabama Baptist and Southern Baptist Convention life. He served the university for three decades and with three presidential administrations in various volunteer, full-time and part-time capacities, including Board of Trustees member, Board of Regents member, interim vice president for development, and assistant to the president for church and convention relations.
“Dr. Lackey has been a pillar for the University of Mobile for several decades through his support to the President’s office, in the community, and in churches throughout Alabama. I have been moved by his heart for the Lord and his desire to serve others. He is indeed a man who will be greatly missed in the university and many communities throughout Alabama,” said UMobile President Dr. Tim Smith.
A 2014 article in the University of Mobile Magazine announcing the establishment of the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Memorial Scholarship captured Lackey’s energetic embrace of life and passion for sharing God’s love with every person he met. Calling himself “the Chief Resident Hugger of the University of Mobile,” Lackey said then, “I love people, and I’ve discovered this – it’s hard to oppose love.”
A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, July 6 at Clements Baptist Church in Athens, Alabama. Visitation will be at the church from 4-7 p.m. The Celebration Service will be officiated by Clements Baptist Pastor Tim Anderson and Dr. Kevin Wilburn, vice president of development at University of Mobile. The service will be live-streamed beginning at 6:55 p.m. at clementsbaptist.org. He will be interred at Stockdale Cemetery in Munford, Alabama in a private, family ceremony. Arrangements are by Spry Funeral Home.
A native of Alabama, Lackey grew up in the Cheaha Mountains of Talladega County and graduated from Munford High School. He and his wife, Sue, have been married nearly 62 years.
Lackey received his education from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry.
He was active in the Southern Baptist denomination on the local, state and national level, having served as president and vice president of the Alabama Baptist Convention, president of the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference, trustee of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, and as a chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Administrative Committee of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1990 he was named “Man of the Year” by the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission.
He has served four churches in his career: Calvary Baptist in Prattville, Alabama; First Baptist Church of Athens, Alabama; Westside Baptist Church of Jasper, Alabama, and Clements Baptist Church in Athens, Alabama.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters: Lisa Lackey Patterson and husband, Jimmy Patterson, of Montgomery, Alabama; Freda Lackey Anderson and husband, Patrick Anderson, of Athens, Alabama; Kelly Lackey of Athens, Alabama; and Roberta Clapper and husband, Steve Clapper, of McKinney, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren Anna Sue Jones Nelson and husband, Jacob Nelson; Mary Elizabeth Roberts and husband, Brandon Roberts; Rachel Suzanne Romine and husband, Jay Romine; Sarah Emmalyne Jones and fiancé, Tyler Crane; Lydia Jan Jones, Rebekah Renee Jones, Amy Catherine Anderson, Cade Patrick Anderson, Daxton Amos Anderson; and great-grandchildren Oliver Allen Nelson and Rowen Emmalyne Nelson. He also left his sisters: Betty Scoggins; Deannie Mueller; Nita Johnson and husband, Herbie Johnson; Janice Smith and husband, Lynn Smith; and his brother, Johnny Lackey.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study, with an 880-acre campus located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama.
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