Garel Lee “Mac” McKiever, 69, of Monticello, passed from this life Friday, April 14, 2017 at Christus St Michaels Medical Center in Texarkana Texas.

He was born on June 19, 1947 in Drew County Arkansas.

Mr. McKiever was the middle son of D.L. and Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever. He was a partner in the family business, McKiever Packing Company, operated with his parents and two brothers for more than 60 plus years and is still in operation.

Affectionately known as “Pop Mac”, Mr. McKiever was an avid cattleman and loved attending many weekly auctions and Registered Angus Specialty sells. His greatest joy was attending rodeos and various athletic competitions his children and grandchildren were involved in, always cheering and encouraging loud as possible. He was a 1965 Graduate of Drew Central Schools and received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Business in 1970 from Arkansas A&M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and was a member of the Theta XI Fraternity. He was a long time member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church and on January 15, 2017 he rededicated his life at Mountain View Baptist Church where he enjoyed attending with his very special friend, Carolyn.

Mr. McKiever was preceded in death by his loving wife of 30 years, Betty Wylie McKiever; his parents, D.L. and Ancy Mae (Burch) McKiever; and a grandson, McKiever Lee Burchett.

He is survived by a son, Bret Lee McKiever (Alidya) of Lockesburg Arkansas; a daughter, Stacy Lee McKiever Janes (Brandon) of DeQueen; two brothers, Donald McKiever and wife Tona of Monticello and Dale (Bimbo) McKiever of the Prairie Grove community; 6 grandchildren Breannah Linely, Mayson McKiever, Carson McKiever, Tori Janes, Braylee Janes and Bryndle Janes. He also leaves behind a very special and caring companion, Carolyn McKinney and her children and grandchildren who held a very special place in his heart.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel. Burial will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on April 18 at the funeral home.