Feary had been making
changes in his life
Features: Memories of MackeyBy Helen Altonn
Entertainer Bryant "Mackey" Feary Jr., who hanged himself in a state prison cell Saturday, had "made some great changes in his life," an assistant pastor at Word of Life Christian Center said today.
Chauncey Pang spoke for Feary's family at a press conference to express their "heartfelt gratitude and thanksgiving to the people of Hawaii and abroad."
"Your prayers, your support, your words of encouragement and the love you have shown at this time is truly and sincerely appreciated," the family said in a written statement.
"They are very very grateful for the good things said about Mackey," Pang said, adding the family did not want to answer questions.
Feary's ex-wife, Marcie, son Sebastian, parents Bryant and Renee Feary, brother Frank, sisters Dancetta Kamai and Alison Lopez and Lopez's husband, Kaia, gathered in the Christian Center library.
Books surrounded them with such titles as "How to Change Your Life" and "Discovering the Winner in You."
Pang said the troubled singer, who suffered from addiction to crystal methamphetamine, also known as "ice," and clinical depression, had faithfully attended the center about 1--1/2 years.
He was convicted of criminal property damage and two drug offenses for smashing his wife's car window in 1977. He served six months of a one-year prison term and had been sentenced to five years probation. Later, the probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. March 6 at Hawaiian Memorial Park. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to The Sebastian Feary Trust Fund, P.O. Box 257, Kaneohe, HI, 96744.
The family has established an email address for comments about Mackey Feary and his music: firstname.lastname@example.org.