"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life," John 5:24-26.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 3, 2014, at McGuire Veteran's Hospital in Richmond, Calvin Preston "Mack" Ampy transitioned peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a brief period of illness. Mack was the oldest of five children born to the late Preston and Beatrice Ampy. He was predeceased by a sister, Delores Ampy Walker.
A light-hearted, fun-loving, compassionate friend to all, Mack matriculated the public schools in Dinwiddie County, graduating in 1953. He then entered the United States Army and later married the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Ruby Nicholas Ampy. Mack retired from the Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company having held the position of maintenance mechanic for about two decades. He was employed also in a part-time capacity as mechanic for the transportation department of Dinwiddie County Public Schools for over 30 years. After his retirement, he owned and operated the Ampnic Hauling Company until his health began to fail. Mack possessed a strong work ethic and found enjoyment and a sense of satisfaction in getting up each day and going to work sick or well.
Mack's parents instilled in him the importance of having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As a result, he gave his life to Christ at an early age and attended his beloved church, the Olive Branch Baptist Church of Dinwiddie for more than 75 years. There he served as a trustee and worked with the transportation ministry for many years.
Mack leaves to cherish his memories: his loving wife, Ruby Nicholas Ampy; three sons, Kendall "Ricky" Ampy (Linda), Troy N. Ampy (Camilla), and Gary D. Ampy (Kimberly); eight grandchildren, Amir S. Wallace, Amin K. Wallace, Kendra R. Ampy, Jason W. Ampy, Briana J. Ampy, Chelsea J. Ampy, Gary D. Ampy Jr., and Chloe M. Ampy; one great-grandchild, Emorie J. Denton; one sister, Vivian K. Wyatt; two brothers, Dr. Franklin D. Ampy and Charles I. "Cookie" Ampy (Marion); one brother-in-law, Ralph Donald Nicholas; one devoted uncle, Ernest "Tuck" Tucker (Anne); an adopted son: Clifton Crawley Sr.; nieces and nephews: Velma Nicholas, Donahue Walker (Naomi), Michael Nicholas (Tamara), Stephanie W. Madison (John), and Tisa A. Ampy; a devoted nephew, Kenneth E. Ampy (Latrice); a loving cousin, Violet Mayfield; devoted friends, Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts, Samuel Wingfield, Clarence Harvell, Jimmy Harvell, Henry Urquhart and Albert Coleman; a most devoted friend, Barbara W. White; and other beloved family; and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday April 8, 2014, at the Olive Branch Baptist Church, 11119 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie. The Rev. Kevin M. Northam will deliver the eulogy and the Rev. Kenneth R. Hawkes will officiate. The family will assemble at the residence at 11:15 a.m. on the day of the service for the procession. Public viewing will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 804-863-4411.