Ohio Biographies

Guy T. Mackey

The career of Guy T. Mackey adds another to the many illustrations which Monongalia County has furnished of the results attainable by intelligence, tact and perseverance when applied to the building up of an extensive business under the favor which has, for many years, attended all her enterprises. As junior member of the firm of Smith & Mackey, grocers, for the past eighteen years Mr. Mackey has influenced to large extent the development of a stable industry, and one which would have yielded pronounced success only to those who had the sagacity to perceive and the boldness to push to the best results so large an opportunity.

Mr. Mackey was born August 18, 1884, at Cameron, West Virginia, and is a son of B.A. and Jennie (Mess) Mackey. His father, who was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was reared on a farm and received a rural school education, but when a young man was attracted to railroading, and for twenty-two years was identified with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in various capacities. When he left that vocation he turned his attention again to the occupation of his boyhood, and for some years was the operator of a farm in Monongalia County. He is now retired from active pursuits and makes his home with his son at Morgantown, where he is held in high esteem and respect. His worthy and faithful wife, who was born at Cameron, West Virginia, died November 2, 1923.

Guy T. Mackey acquired his educational training in the public schools of Mannington, Marion County, and as a young man came to Morgantown, where he applied himself to learning the trade of glass blower. This calling he mastered and worked at as a journeyman at various establishments for about ten years, in the meanwhile carefully saving his earnings and keeping a sharp lookout for a profitable field of investment. Having become acquainted with Jefferson  T. Smith, a review of whose career appears elsewhere in this work, and who was a practical grocer of some years experience, a partnership was formed between the two in 1910, and this has continued with mutual profit and congeniality to the preset, their modern establishment being located at 437 Beechurst Street. The business has been built up to large proportions through legitimate channels. Mr. Mackey, like his partner, is a stickler for honesty. He never advertises anything that he has not on hand, and he never resorts to the expedient of questionable transactions. he wins out on merit, good nature, courtesy and patience with women, who are his chief customers, and belief in himself and his ability to succeed. He is an agreeable and obliging man, and his standing in the community rests upon the sure foundation of confidence and respect. Mr. Mackey is interested in fraternalism and is a thrity-second degree mason and a member of the Mystic Shrine, belonging also to the B. P. O. Elks for many years and the Junior Order United American mechanics. He likewise holds membership in the Morgantown County Club and the local Kiwanis Club, and in the latter cooperates with other progressive and enlightened citizens of modern tendencies in the promulgation of movements for the public welfare. In politics Mr. Mackey is a Republican, and while he has not sought public office for himself he has been active in his support of party and friends. In his youth he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he still belongs, and is now vice president of the Business men's Bible Class, the largest class of its kind in the State of West Virginia, which has approximately 500 members and is taught by Doctor Armstrong.

On July 22, 1914, Mr. Mackey was united in marriage with Miss Emma Deary, a daughter of D.M. and Mary (Whitman) Deary, of Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Deary follows the vocation of a stationary engineer. Mrs. Deary passed away in 1920 at the Cleveland home. Mrs. Mackey is also active in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church and has many friends in social circles of Morgantown. To Mr. And Mrs. Mackey there have been born two children: Ila Florrie, who was born may 14, 1919; and Bruce Melvin, born November 1, 1917. The pleasant family home is located at 408 McLane Ave.


From West Virginia In History, Life, Literature and Industry, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1928 - Volume 5