LEXINGTON, Ky. - Alton C. (Mac) McPherson, a loving husband and father passed away after a short illness on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.
He was born on July 14, 1931, to the late Wilburn and Leola McPherson.
He is survived by his wife, Jetta May Haigis McPherson; his daughter, Virginia A. Mundell (Michael); his son, Robert C. McPherson; his grandson, Jonathan Mundell; and his sister, Virginia Golden Witt. He is also survived by cousins, Leslie, Patsy, and Mary Gay Whitmer; in-laws, Charles and Reva Bratcher, Sam and Mary Ann Haigis, and John and Jeanette Haigis; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Ami, Lori (Lovell), Diana, Debra, Carolyn, Bruce (Hilary), Jodie Brectcher (Dallas-Jessie), Brook and Valerie Haigis (Christopher and Kimberly), John and Renta Haigis (Jessica, Kyle (deceased), Alicia), Robert and Audie Haigis, Judy and Art Rayburn (Jeremy and Melanie), Mike Haigis, Amy (Michael) Bagley (Allyson, Justin), Adam and Jamie Haigis (Samantha), Jon and Erica Haigis (Lily and Matthias).
He was preceded in death by Eugene Witt, brother-in-law; Michael Shane Mundell, grandson; and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Haigis, in-laws.
Mac graduated from Winchester High School where he was a guard on the Shawnees basketball team. His sister, Golden, was a cheerleader and Miss Papoose. His favorite hangout during his teenage years was Flynn’s. This was a safe gathering place where youth could go to dance and fellowship. He also attended KY Wesleyan College. Mac was a dental supply salesman for KY Dental, Patterson Dental, and Nashville Dental. He was also a high school and junior college basketball referee.
Mac’s passion for golf began at the age of 14. To make money to play, he would pick berries that were in season and sell them for 25 cents/pint. Although he never had a lesson, he was a very talented golfer. He learned to play golf by watching the best golfers and caddying for them.
Mac won many tournaments such as the Lexington’s City Men’s Tournament and the Braemer Tournament. However, the win that was the highlight for him was when he and his son, Robert, won first place in a tournament they played in together. Mac was always trying to get his daughter, Virginia, to caddy for him. When she finally agreed to do it once, he admitted that he didn’t really need her to caddy. He just wanted to show her off to everyone at the course. He was told that he had the best looking daughter in the world and she must have gotten her looks from her mother. Mac played with many outstanding men and women golfers throughout KY. At one time, he helped with the UK Women’s Golf Team. He loved to play golf and would help when anyone asked him. If he wasn’t playing golf, he was looking for golf balls. Mac played on many courses throughout the state, but his regular place was The Brook. Although he had many golf friends, his regular foursome was Buddy, Bill, Granville, and himself.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday at Milward-Southland where visitation will begin that morning at 10 am. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions are suggested to The First Tee of Lexington 3403 Kearney Road, Lexington, KY 40511, www.thefirstteelexington.org .
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