Carl Marshall Hackney, a World War II veteran, died on Monday, Sept 30, 2019. He was 94.
He was born on July 13, 1925 in Philadelphia to the late Robert L. and Eva B. Hackney. He was the second of six children.
He received his education in the Philadelphia public school system and graduated from Central High School in 1943. He was drafted in the United States Air Corps during World War II and served until 1946. He then attended Howard University on the G.I. Bill majoring in psychology and minoring in German. He pledged Alpha Phi Alpha and graduated magna cum laude. He went on to receive a master’s degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College.
Hackney was an active member of Lombard Central Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder.
He spent the majority of his career working in drug treatment programs and retired at age 82. He also worked at the U.S. Postal Service, the Youth Conservation Corps and the City of Philadelphia.
Hackney was very athletic. He played football in high school and participated in softball and bowling leagues as an adult. He had an uncanny ability to recall sports facts.
“He had a great sense of humor and was quick with the jokes,” his family said. His dry humor affected everyone around him.
Hackney was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Roy and Calvin; his wife, Elsie; son, Karim Abdullah Hackney and stepson Joseph Middleton.
He is survived by: his children, Ekua Hackney-Stephens (Jim) and Michael; step-daughter, Shena Middleton; granddaughters, Bailey and Brieana and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Oct. 5 at Beckett-Brown and Hodges Funeral Home. Interment was at Ivy Hill Cemetery.