James Wayne Mack

November 29, 1955 - January 18, 2024

James Wayne Mack

November 29, 1955 - January 18, 2024


James Wayne Mack, affectionately nicknamed “Bang, Bang!,” was born to Mary Louise Manning and Carl Mack on December 29, 1955, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of seven children.


James gave his life to Christ at a very early age and was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church. He attended Tulsa Public Schools and was an outstanding football player and sprinter. He was the first black quarterback at McClain High School and inducted as a
member of the McLain Athletic Hall of Fame for being a top-ranked athlete in the state of Oklahoma.
Presently, he still holds the school record for the 220-yard dash.


In the early 80s, James worked as a welder at Lee C. Moore and
after their closing, he began his career as a truck driver. This
position allowed him to travel all over the United States. When he wasn’t traveling, he served as a mentor and coach to young athletes. He was a charismatic,

inspirational man whose faith, perseverance, and commitment helped him and others overcome many of life’s trials and tribulations. He took pride in helping others. After years of traveling, he eventually returned home to Tulsa to care for his mother and worked for Dolese Bros. Concrete. After retirement, he dedicated his time to being a counselor.


James was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jalana Ann Mack; and brother, Kenneth Mack. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Jamia Mack Lewis (Robert); Jayla Starling (Michael);his beloved
grandchildren, Bryson, Jaymis, and Maya; his siblings, Darnett
Roberts, Carl Mack, Gregory Mack, Yolanda Mack Beckett, and Audrey Mack
Boner; Special friend, Margo Lewis, and bonus son, Michael Lewis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: February 3, 2024 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Gilcrease Hills Baptist Church

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