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Garry Bingham Mallernee

March 14, 1949 ~ December 19, 2021 (age 72)

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CW4 (Ret.) Garry Bingham Mallernee, 72, of Kannapolis NC, passed away December 19, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. In his own words, he was excited about his "bright, shiny future in heaven". He will be dearly missed and was an inspiration to all who knew him.   

Garry was a Purple Heart veteran who proudly served in the US Army, including two tours of duty as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, retiring from military service in 1985.  Following retirement from the Army, he had a second career with James River Equipment (John Deere). 

Garry was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Jean Mallernee of Cadiz, OH. First among the surviving family is his loving wife Joyce, who still calls Garry her "Sweet Baboo" after 53 years of marriage. He was the cherished father/father-in-law to Lori & Matthew Woodle and Wendy & Scott Blackwelder. He was a beloved grandpa to Bradley Blackwelder, Samantha & Josh Adams, Courtney & David Layton, Allie Woodle, Emma Woodle, Caleb Blackwelder, Joshua Blackwelder, and Harrison Woodle. He was also a doting great-grandpa to Piper Layton.

Also surviving Garry are three brothers: Donnie Mallernee (Grace) of Bowerston OH, Dennis Mallernee (Susan) of Cadiz, OH, and Bill Mallernee (Luann), also of Cadiz, OH. He was also close to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom Stewart (Lynn) and Cindy Harkins (James). 

Garry was blessed to have numerous nieces and nephews, great-nephews, and great-nieces on both his and Joyce’s sides of the family. He was exceptionally proud of all of them. 

Garry was a longtime member of Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church in Kannapolis, serving over the years as a Sunday School Teacher and Church Council Member. He will be fondly remembered in the community as an advocate for fellow veterans.  He served as President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Concord Chapter 909, and as a Vice-Commander of American Legion Post 115. 

A Memorial Service to celebrate Garry’s life will be held at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church conducted by Rev John Futterer. The family will receive friends in the church commons from 1:00 PM-2:30 P.M. Inurnment will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Salisbury National Cemetery Annex, 501 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury, NC 28144 with military graveside rites conducted by the US Army and the Cabarrus County Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will leave from Whitley’s Funeral Home in Kannapolis at 10:15 am, for those who may wish to join the procession. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Garry's memory to Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church Youth Group, 101 Vance Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. The family would also like to encourage everyone to consider being an organ donor.  Garry's double lung transplant in 2011 gave the family a bonus 10 years with him.

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December 28, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Kimball Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church Commons

Memorial Service
December 28, 2021

2:30 PM
Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church
101 Vance Avenue

Graveside Service
December 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Salisbury National Cemetery Annex, Statesville Road, N.C, Salisbury

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