Mabry remembered as servant leader, lover of animals, friend of Mississippi State

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Malcolm Mabry Jr. sits on grass with a white dog, Lulu, beside him
Malcolm Mabry Jr. and his dog Lulu

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A former state legislator, Delta farmer and supporter of Mississippi State University is being remembered for his dedication to the betterment of others, including “man’s best friend.”

Malcolm Mabry Jr., a Dublin native and resident of Clarksdale Nursing Center, died June 12 at age 87.

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Mabry’s love for animals, in particular a dog named Lulu, led him to donate part of the $1.5 million to bring a state-of-the-art radiation oncology unit to Mississippi State, so those in Mississippi and surrounding states could access expert cancer treatment for their pets closer to home. Mabry had been a fervent dog lover since childhood and began to rescue and care for stray dogs in the last two decades of his life.

A former high school history teacher and self-published author of two poetry books, Mabry served for 24 years in the Mississippi Legislature, where he gained a reputation as an arch defender of civil rights and a champion for the underserved. He also spent seven decades farming his family land in Dublin, work he continued until the age of 84.

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