Iris Evans Mabry was born March 6, 1922 at Lawrence, MS. A longtime resident of Newton, Mrs. Iris passed away Friday May 8, 2020 at the Mississippi Care Center in Morton at the age of 98 years, two months and two days.
Graveside services will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park South, Jackson in the presence of immediate family members under the direction of Ott & Lee Funeral Home.
Rev. Larry Laird, her longtime pastor will officiate and music will be provided by her great-granddaughter Avery Wolfe.
Mrs. Mabry was a member of Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church at Lawrence, for many years. She lived a number of years in Jackson, and worked with the Jackson Police Department as a crossing guard. One of the highlights of her life was being chosen to guard Dr. Billy Graham when he held services in Jackson. As a testimony of her faith and a student of God’s Word, Mrs. Mabry read the Bible over three times, cover to cover.
She is preceded in death by her husband George “Buddy” Mabry; one daughter: Vicki Duran; one son: Mitch Mabry; one grandson: George David Mabry, Jr.; her parents: Virgil and Bertha Monk Evans; one sister: Penny Gill and two brothers: Charles Medford Evans and Ernest Neil Evans.
Survivors include one sister: Billie O’Bannon; one brother: Jerry Evans; her children: one son: David (Fay) Mabry; two daughters: Linda (Ray) Montgomery and Cathy (Larry) Griffin; one son-in-law: Gerald (Jan) Duran; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
The Mabry family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the the staff and employees of Mississippi Care Center in Morton who cared for her during her time there.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pine Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 951 Gibbstown Rd., Lawrence, MS 39336.
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