Kenneth Wayne “Mac” Macomber – Obituary

By  | July 26, 2018 | Filed under: Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Obituaries

Kenneth Wayne “Mac” Macomber, 73, died Tuesday, July 24, at home in Lacey’s Spring following a 14 month battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; daughters, Cynthia Noor (Mike), and Diona Binner (Mark); son, Kenneth Wayne Macomber II (Felicia), all of Huntsville; his 95-year-old mother, Margaret Macomber, of Huntsville; his sister, Barbara Pruett (John); and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Lewis Macomber.

Ken was born Dec. 17, 1944, at Fort Benning, Ga., where his father was stationed in World War II. Ken grew up in a career military family (U.S. Army and later U.S. Air Force) and lived in several states along the way, including Georgia, Washington, Oregon, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Louisiana, and overseas in Turkey and Okinawa.

He moved with his family to Huntsville in 1960 and later lived in Birmingham, where he worked as a technical job hunter and also served for nearly seven years with the Alabama Air National Guard.

During his career, he was also a security guard and served as a police officer for two different departments, Rogersville and Huntsville. On Feb. 16, 1972, while conducting a routine traffic stop near the Tennessee River in southeast Huntsville, he was stabbed with a knife in the lower left side by the driver of the stopped vehicle. The suspect fled in his truck and eventually escaped, although Officer Macomber gave chase despite his injuries. His wounds required 14 stitches at the hospital Emergency Room. Forty-four years later, on March 31, 2016, the Huntsville Police Chief presented him with its third highest honor, the Purple Heart Medal, in recognition of his service to the city in the 1970s.

Ken’s outside interests included collecting arrowheads and artifacts from other cultures.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, with the funeral service immediately following in the chapel. Johnny Curry, who served with Ken at HPD in the ’70s, will conduct the services and deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Huntsville Memory Gardens.

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