Aug. 21, 1925 Kimball McDowell County West Virginia, USA
Jan. 14, 2010 Virginia, USA
William Benton Mabry, 84, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 14, 2010. He was born in Kimball, W.Va., on August 21, 1925, to the late Carlie Melvin Mabry and Sarah Martha Dickerson. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Delphia Gardner Mabry; three brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Floyd Cosby, of Roanoke, Linda and David Mowles, of Star City, Ark., and Debbie and Lew Kellison, of Vinton; son and daughterin-law, Mike and Sandra Mabry, of Elliston; three brothers, Melvin Mabry, of Roanoke, Kenny Mabry, of Campton, Ky., and Alvin Mabry, of Roanoke; 11 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a loving church family at Villa Heights Baptist Church. As a member of the greatest generation, he proudly served with the 1st Marine Division seeing combat action in the Pacific Theater between October 1943 and April 1946. He remained active in the Marine Corp Association and the 1st Marine Division Association. He retired from the Norfolk Southern Corporation in 1985 after serving 43 years. He was an active member of the Villa Heights Lions Club for many years serving in a variety of leadership positions. He was a devoted member of Villa Heights Baptist Church and the Brethren Sunday School Class. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and was active in a variety of ministries humbly spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Always faithful, he remained true to God, family and country. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010, at Villa Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Jake Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Villa Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 4080 Challenger Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 24012. The family will receive friends at Villa Heights from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel.
Published in the Roanoke Times from 1/16/2010 - 1/17/2010