Jay Crayton Mabry, 73, of Kannapolis, passed away Monday morning, September 7, 2020, at his home, following a period of declining health.
Born January 11, 1947, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Jake and Elizabeth Dunnmon Mabry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Whitley Mabry, and sisters, Karen Mabry Blevins, Neisa Mabry Hudson and Jan Mabry Stallings.
Jay had honorably served his country, and retired after 21 years of faithful service, as a member of the US Army, where he was a staff sergeant. He had bravely served 2 tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Mr. Mabry enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and especially enjoyed “skating date nights” with his granddaughter, Jayden. A loving and devoted father, grandfather and friend of many, Mr. Mabry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He loved all of his family and had a special love for his white boxer, Tonka, and his mustang cars.
Family members include his daughters, Nita Dunn (Chuck) and Elissa Lyerly (Christopher); his sisters, Sylvia Mabry Couvier (Jim); his loved grandchildren, Kyndoll Roach, Jayden Athey, and Peyton and Katelyn Dunn; nieces, nephews and extended family members.
The family will receive friends from 11:00-1:00 pm Friday, September 11, 2020, at Whitley’s Funeral Home. Services to remember and celebrate the life of Mr. Mabry will begin at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel, conducted by Everette Stotesbury. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove, with military rites.
For those who may prefer, memorials in Mr. Mabry’s name may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
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