Henry Kary Lacking was born June 20, 1934, in McComb, Mississippi to the late Henrietta Lacking and J.B. Lacking Sr. He confessed his love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age. Henry was baptized at Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church in McComb, Mississippi under the leadership of Rev. S.J. Dickey. Once Henry moved to Milwaukee, WI he joined Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev O.B. Sartin. Henry served as a church usher from 1955 to 1966. Henry eventually joined Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Brandle C. Morrow Sr. on February 25, 2018.
Henry attended school in the Pike County School System in McComb, Mississippi. In 1955, Henry moved from McComb to Detroit, Michigan. In 1956, he moved his family from Detroit, Michigan to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to secure a better life. In 1958, Henry obtained employment at Jewell/Sherman Pickle Factory. In 1967, he worked at Wisconsin Motors until 1968 where he obtained a job at Milwaukee Packing Company. Lastly, in 1970 he secured a job at Wehr Steel Corporation until he retired in 1986. In addition, Henry worked as a custodian and bartender to supplement his income. He bartended for various bars in the Milwaukee area such as; Warren’s Lounge, Malcolm’s 7/11, Leon’s Ebony, Joe Cools, and The Groovin Inn where he met the love of his life, whom he eventually married on March 24, 1979.
In his spare time, Henry loved to work on cars. He also took pride in cultivating his garden and the maintenance of his yard. Every year for his birthday, Henry celebrated by having a cookout/barbeque for his children and family. Henry loved to watch the sports channel, cartoons, and Animal Planet. Often he would fall asleep waking up asking, “what happened?”
Henry was preceded in death by his mother Henrietta Lacking, his father J.B. Lacking Sr., two sisters Mary Williams and Dorothy F. Lacking, two brothers Jerry D. Lacking, Billy Ray Lacking, and one grandson Dontaye D. Hall.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 42 years Bertha M. Lacking. Henry had five children from a previous marriage, Kay F. Leopold, Arlyn C. (Robin) Lacking Sr., Commnelle C. Johnikin, Scottie D. (Monifa) Lacking and Kary D. Lacking Sr. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A special non-biological son Steve Lu Jack. Two godchildren Jeffery (Aurora) Frye of Woodland, Washington, Johnny (Ashley) Frye of Scott’s Airforce Base Belleville, Illinois. Five brothers James Lacking of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, H. Lee (Charlene) Lacking of Leedsville, Louisiana, Jay Lee Lacking, Donnie Lacking, and Phillip Lacking of McComb, Mississippi. Seven sisters Bernice Quinn and Dorothy F. Nunnery of McComb, Mississippi, Jessie Lacking and Dorsey D. Lacking of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hancie Lee Roundtree of McComb Mississippi, Charlotte Williams of Summit, Mississippi, and Minnie (Terry) Taylor of Huntsville, Alabama. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren Danielle Hall, Shannon Smith, Erika (Willie) Bailey, Arlyn (Tasha) Lacking Jr., Brittney Lacking, Geneva Lacking, Kary Lacking Jr., Kamaren Lacking, Jasmine Johnikin, DeAndre Freeman, and Ayanna Lacking. Fifteen great-grandchildren, his fur baby Cody and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Chapel of the Chimes, 13235 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield on Friday, August 13, 2021, from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Funeral Service 11:00 AM.