William H. “Bill” Mackey III, 55, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his home.


Celebration of Life service will  be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 28, 2020 at River Pines Event Center, 2555 Farmlife School Road, Carthage, NC.  Please consider COVID 19 guidelines in attending this service.


Bill was born in Colombia, SC and moved to Carthage with his family  in 1972,  He was a graduate of Union Pines High school where he played football.  He then attended Appalachian State University, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.   Bill served his community first as a Probation/Parole Officer with the North Carolina Department of Correction and then as a Deputy with the Moore County Sheriff’s Department, where he retired as a Captain in the Investigations Division.  He was always grateful to the men and women who served with him for always having his back so that all could go home safely.  Bill loved his family very much and when you became a friend to Bill, you became his family.   He was not only a big presence in the room, he never met a stranger, his laugh and smile were contagious.  Bill loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, just anything outside.   He also liked traveling and visiting family.  Bill loved Carthage and like his mother, enjoyed serving our community. Bill was preceded in death by parents: William Hoyt Mackey, Jr. and Billie Moore Mackey; grandmother; Gladys Cole Moore.


Bill is survived by his loving wife, Lisa; sons: Cole Mackey, John Garrison and wife Chelsea; grandson: Logan Garrison; brother: Chris Mackey and wife, Rhonda; niece and nephews: Tristin, Ian, Lily, Wyatt, Jake, Ethan, Nathan, Jacob, Dustin. 

Memorials may be made to www.backinthewoodsagain.com


Online condolences may be made at PinesFunerals.com.


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  1. We’re so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was always smiling and creating a bright light in this world. He will be missed by so many who had the privilege of knowing him. Prayers for his family, his work family and all the friends who will miss him!

  2. The Aponte Family expresses their deepest sympathy of the loss of Bill. I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with Bill at the Sheriff’s Office. He will be missed.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa, Cole and all the family. Bill was very special to our family in many ways. We have memories of our time together that we will never forget.

  4. Lisa, Cole and family
    To know Bill was to love him, he always had that smile and kind manner.
    We have all lost a fine young man. May God give you that peace that only He can in this most difficult time.

  5. So sorry to hear about Bill’s death as there has never been a friendlier and nicer guy in our Moore County Judicial system than Bill.
    Bill was always kind and he has left a great legacy for all of us to strive to be like him.
    My prayers are with you all .
    Frank Thigpen

  6. Dean and I send our deepest condolences to all of Bill’s family. We were so very sad to hear this news! Praying for God’s love to surround and comfort you today and in the days to come!

  7. We are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. We pray that our dear Lord will bless you with His comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  8. I first met Bill as when he came on carthage fire dept as a jr fireman i think he was 16,I helped train him,he rode with me many times on tanker. And he spend his life doing service to help his fellow man. I am so sorry to hear of his life being cut short (RIP BILL)

  9. I first met Bill when he came on cartage fire dept as a jr fireman he was 16,I helped train him he rode with me many times on tanker.I think that was the start of his service to his fellow man,He was just a wonderful person.I am so sorry to learn of his death (RIP BILL) You earned it !

  10. Lisa, so sorry for your loss, Bill always had that smile I know you will miss, played sports with him and he was always a stand up guy wanting to help others. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Bill you will be missed.

  11. Bill was a mentor of many and one who all respected and loved. His passing has been a travesty but his legacy will forever remain in our hearts. Love you Brother Bill, until we meet again.

  12. Bill was great guy, who lived life to the fullest. I grew up with the Mackey boys here in Carthage. His Family is in our prayers. RIP brother

  13. Mrs. Mackey, Cole, John, Chris,
    Kim and I are grieved at your loss of Bill. I met Bill hunting. We became friends and always remained so in the many years I knew him, respected and loved him. A friend and encouragement to all. A man to be greatly missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come, God bless you all. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  14. Randy Mashburn, Lisa, sorry to hear of your loss of your true love one. I went to school with Bill he a very good Friend. AlWays ready to help anyway he could. RIP BROTHER TILL WE MEET AGAIN!

  15. I had the privilege to work with Bill at the Moore County Sheriff’s Office. He was not only a great Law Enforcement Officer but he was a great person who loved his job and the people who worked with him or for him. He also cared about the people he served in Moore County. He was not only Big Man but a Big Man with a Big Heart. Bill was not only a great coworker but a great friend, great husband and father. Bill you will be missed. Prayers go out to the family.

  16. Lisa I am so sorry for your loss of Bill. Bill was a great coworker, friend and all around great guy. Heaven has received a great man and friend. RIP brother Bill!!

  17. Lisa, Cole and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill was a really fine person. He loved you all and was especially proud of Cole and Cole’s accomplishments. Bill did an outstanding job at the Sheriff’s Office investigating major crimes, providing leadership to our investigators and mentoring our young deputies. Bill was a true friend.
    We will all miss him. Neil & Linda

  18. It’s heartbreaking to hear about Bill – what a loss of a big heart for this world! ‘Thoughts and prayers to his whole family, as this surely leaves a huge void from Bill’s wonderful presence. But Bill’s infectious spirit can continue in all of us.

  19. I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He had a big heart and a contagious laughter. RIP Bill.
    Many prayers for Lisa, Cole and all his family.

  20. I had the privilege of meeting Bill at the County Garage and over the years having many conversations with him. Bill was a very likeable person who would make you laugh and smile. I am sorry he departed us so soon. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

  21. To Lisa, Cole and Chris,
    Words cannot describe what Bil, “Big’n” meant to me and my family. He was an awesome friend and he love eah one of you in a special way. Lisa he loved you as he often told me! Cole your Dad did what a dad is tasked to do…he taught you to be a man as well as a gentleman and he did an outstanding job…for you are without a doubt. He was so proud of your . “pinning” as a NAVY Seal. You have your Dad’s heart for serving others in a protective way. Godspeed and stay safe in your duties. Chris, Bill was a proud older brother and he loved you and was proud of the man you became. It was a honor to call him a true best friend and I’ll see ya on the other side my ROTHER. You will live in my thoughts and memories forever.

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