Garner Allen Mabry Jr. passed away in his Mesa home at 9:13 AM on Friday, February 12, 2010, an exceptionally great day in Arizona, holding the hand of his dear wife of 67 years, Helen Dixon Mabry. He was surrounded by all six of his children, many of their spouses, and several of their 32 Grandchildren. Over 77 Great- and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren waited prayerfully for the news. Born an only child in Baytown Texas on June 25, 1924, Al is preceded in death by his father Garner “Pop” Mabry and his mother Lois Gates Mabry. He is a World War II Veteran whose relatives came to America aboard the Mayflower.
“Big Al” was a patriot and a faithful Christian. He lived by Rotary’s 4-Way test and saw to it that all of his Grandkids committed it to memory. “Is it the Truth?” “Is it fair to all concerned?” “Will it build goodwill and better friendships?” “Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” He was a charter member of the Mesa West Rotary Club and served as District 550 Governor ’85-86. As District Governor he was a delegate to Rotary’s International Convention, where he voted to allow women to join Rotary. Al was a four time Paul Harris Fellow. In 2009 he was presented with Rotary International’s highest individual honor, the “Service above Self Award”. Al was also honored as the Salvation Army’s “2009 Volunteer of the Year”. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mesa.
He was a successful Arizona real estate broker and the consummate entrepreneur. His associates respected his honesty and commitment to a fair deal.
His life was typified by enthusiasm. He loved to collect things. He enjoyed parades. He wrote hundreds of letters of encouragement and praise. He never quite finished telling a joke without laughing at his own punch line. All of his family reunions began with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. His posterity includes those of many faiths and all are faithful.
He is survived by his wife Helen and his six children and their spouses: Mary Clark, Garner III and Kay, Marsha and Emmett Abel, Mark and Jerri Mabry, Ron and Caye Mabry, and Nancy and Warren Asmus. They proudly carry his legacy of God, Family, and Country.
A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Thursday, February 18, at the First United Methodist Church, 15 East First Avenue, Mesa 85210. There will be a viewing Wednesday, February 17, from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Bunkers Family Funeral Home 33 North Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to either:
Mesa West Rotary Foundation, C/O Ron Mabry
1456 S. Creston Circle Mesa, Az. 85204
Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St.
Phoenix, Az. 85014