John Alexander MacKethan
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John Alexander MacKethan
  • December 12, 1942 - December 19, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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John Alexander MacKethan III died suddenly on Tuesday morning, December 19, following a heart attack. He was born in 1942 in Fayetteville, NC, son of John Alexander MacKethan II and Margaret Abigail Lowe.

At age three, following his father's death, John moved with his mother to Whitakers, NC, where he grew up with wonderful aunt Ida Lowe Knight and much beloved cousins-made-siblings Margaret Lowe and Coffield Knight who predeceased him. He graduated Whitakers High School in a class of 28 students, then Phi Beta Kappa from UNC-CH with a major in accounting, and UNC Law School, Class of 1968.

He was a proud Tar Heel, a lover of bluegrass music, an Okracoke surf-fishing expert, and a pancake griddle master. He could tango in a ball room with his friends or do the chicken dance in the kitchen with his granddaughter. He met his wife Lucinda in Chapel Hill and married there in 1969 -- their marriage was one for the ages. In grief but also great gratitude for their lives with him, he leaves, to celebrate his eternal presence, wife Cindy, son Alex with wife Beth MacKethan, and daughter Karen with husband Lance St. Clair. No father ever loved his children more, and no children could ever have brought greater joy to a father. They graced his life with four amazing grandchildren: Erik and Rowan St. Clair, Xander MacKethan, and Zachary Dale. The close circle of family who surrounded him with love and survive him are Coffield's wife Sally Knight, their children Scotty and Kevin, with wife Abby and their children, along with sisters and brother by marriage, Dana Hardwick, Pearce and Laurie Hardwick and their children.

John made many great friends during his years of work at Peat Marwick Mitchell and Poyner Spruill. He was an active member of Wesley Memorial UMC, where he was guardian gardener of the PLOW Community Garden, and also a proud member of West Raleigh Rotary, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He loved people from all walks of life, and his service was aimed to tolerance and inclusion. We give thanks that this beloved inland soul will rest in peace where the sky meets the sea.

A memorial service to honor John's life will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the MacKethan home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Rotary International www.rotary.org/en/donate, UMCOR www.umcor.org, or The Nature Conservancy www.nature.org