Mack Reuben Means, 92, of Hickory, NC died peacefully at his home on October 14, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Miriam Bryant Means, in May of 2005. He was the son of the late William Bell Means and Molly Fincher Means. Mr. Means was born in Rock Hill, SC on September 3, 1921. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy and met his wife-to-be Miriam Bryant of Columbia. After attending pharmacy school for 2 years he enlisted in the US Navy where he trained to be an Aviator Cadet. With further training he became a Lieutenant Commander with 4 years of service and entered the Navy Reserves. He stayed in Pensacola, Florida where he trained and instructed new cadets. His favorite part in being a Naval Pilot while serving his country was landing on aircraft carriers, which was a chosen position from the Navy that only Elite Naval Pilots were asked to do. After leaving the Navy he returned to USC and finished his Pharmacy degree and married his love, Miriam. He began his career as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Parke-Davis Drug Company in Conway, SC and later moved to Hickory, where he continued in pharmaceutical sales and pharmacy relief work. While working for Parke-Davis he met another sales rep, Fred Fitzgerald, and they opened Medical Center Pharmacy in 1953, which is now owned and operated by his son, Bill Means.
Mr. Means was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Hickory. He served as an Elder in the church. He was a member of the Hickory Coffee Club and Hickory Merchant's Association where he was past president and Lake Hickory Country Club. He enjoyed flying different types of aircraft, especially his yellow stearman. He also enjoyed playing golf at Lake Hickory Country Club and spending time on Lake Hickory. Mr. Means was affectionately called "Pops" by his children and Paw Paw by his grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Miriam Bryant Means. Mr. Means is survived by his four children: Beth Gaddy of Winnsboro, SC; Ann Means of Hickory, NC; Sara (Paul) Moscati of Blythewood, SC and Bill (Karen) Means of Hickory, NC. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Dr. Bryant G. Byrne (Jon Mikel) of Greenville, SC; Dr. Parker Gaddy (Elizabeth) of Charleston, SC; Matthew Means of Columbia, SC; Kennedy Means of Hickory, NC; Mack and Henry Moscati of Blythewood, SC and 2 step grandchildren Caroline and Allie Cook of Hickory, NC. Also surviving are 3 great grandchildren: Walker Gaddy of Charleston, SC and Kylie and Kathryn Byrne of Greenville, SC.
A military graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory. A memorial church service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday after the graveside service at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory. The family will receive friends following the burial and memorial service in the fellowship hall of the church.
The family would like to thank all of his wonderful and caring sitters that cared for him in his home. Thank you Melissa, Wanda, Michelle, Tonya, Samantha, Hope and Holly. Also, thank you to Catawba Regional Hospice for their care and support. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hickory at 237 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC 28601 or to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or South Carolina College of Pharmacy, USC Campus, 715 Sumter Street, CLS 109 Columbia, SC 29425 in memory of Mack R. Means. Bass Smith Funeral Home of Hickory is assisting the family