Dr. James Davis Mallory, Jr.

Born in Anniston, Alabama on March 13, 1932

Departed on March 23, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Celebration of Life Service: Forrest Hills Baptist Church
    • Saturday March 30, 2019 10:00am

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James Davis Mallory, Jr. died on March 23, 2019, having fully lived his 87 years with purpose. After graduating from McCallie School in Chattanooga and from Princeton University, he received his medical degree and internship in internal medicine at Duke University in 1959. Following graduation, he received a degree in Aerospace Medicine as flight surgeon and was chief of the Air Force clinic at Orlando, Florida Air Force Base for four years during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

It was in Orlando that a major change occurred in his life when Dr. Mallory committed his life to God, in a way that he had never done before, so that serving Him as an agent of healing became the focus of his remaining life. To everyone’s surprise, this led him to return to Duke University in 1963 to specialize in the one area of medicine that he liked the least as a medical student, Psychiatry. “God is always up to something” he often said. In 2010, Dr Mallory was one of four psychiatrists in the United States named by Dr. Alan Nelson in his “A Christian Legacy in Psychiatry” as pioneers in the integration of Christianity and Psychiatry.
Before retiring to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007, Dr. Mallory was the director of the Atlanta Counseling Center for 36 years.

Dr. Mallory was the son of the late Lena Deaver and James Davis Mallory, Sr. of Anniston, Alabama. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betsy Tippett Mallory
and their four children, James Davis Mallory III (Kelly) of Georgia, Dr. Roger Lee Mallory (Susan)of Colorado, Elizabeth Deaver Corzine (Charles) and John Molett Mallory (Kim) of Tennessee; a sister, JoAnn Dean of Georgia and a brother,
The Reverend Richard Mallory of Phoenix, Arizona.

He was a loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren, Davis, Judson Mallory and Garland Mallory Kazmierski; Austin, Chase and Brandon Mallory; Sean, Mallory, and Allie Corzine; Nathaniel, Raynor, Walker and Schaeffer Mallory and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:00am at
Forrest Hills Baptist Church, 2101 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN.

Memorial donations in memory of Dr. Mallory may be made to a charity of your
choice, or to the Forrest Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, where he attended
and taught Sunday School.

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20 Comments to Dr. James Davis Mallory, Jr.

    March 25, 2019 3:37 pm

    Betsy and family,
    May God cover you with his peace and comfort at this time. God truly used Jim for his purpose in our broken world. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Our Bible Study class misses you so much.

  2. Richard Penney
    March 25, 2019 10:26 pm

    Betsy and Family,

    Its such a wonderful thought to know Jim is with the Lord and is experiencing wonders beyond imagination.
    I valued his friendship and knew I could always call on him to teach Sunday School when I was away. The first time I asked him to substitute for me his response was…chomping at the bit. That’s exactly what the teacher wants to hear.
    I will miss him so much and will pray that you and the family will have peace at this difficult time.


  3. Sam Pritchard
    March 26, 2019 2:31 am

    Betsy and Family,

    Jim was always friendly to me during the time we were in Sunday School together, and was quick with a smile and a handshake when we crossed paths in church later on. I enjoyed hearing about his bicycle riding experiences. He blessed my life.

  4. Donna J Penney
    March 26, 2019 9:44 am

    Betsy, I wish you and your family comfort and peace now as you go through this time. We always have admired both of you. I am so sorry this has happened. Jim was always so friendly and smiling when I saw him at church. He always seemed happy to be teaching and spreading God’s love. He will be greatly missed. We love you.

  5. Gary Hill
    March 26, 2019 8:17 pm

    He wiil forever be my friend.

  6. Clara
    March 26, 2019 8:56 pm

    Betsy and family Jim will live on in Gary and my lives always. Thememories of he and Betsy are priceless .As the hymn says” Safe in the arms of Jesus “ Much love. Clara

  7. Chuck and Margie Wright
    March 27, 2019 8:41 am

    So many memories of the blessing of our friend Jimmy: his talent on guitar and banjo,
    His Godly wisdom “Confrontation breeds intimacy”. Excellent writing “The Kink and I”, His
    faithfulness to The Scriptures and passing it on to SS classes, His example of loving dear
    Betsy, children and grandchildren ~ showing us how, and yes, leaving us too early, whether
    at 9 PM with “It’s my bedtime” or now, going to heaven ~in God’s perfect timing. We already miss
    Him ~ wonderful example and Friend. We pray God’s comfort on ALL who love him. We thank God.

    March 27, 2019 9:44 am

    “Oh my gosh”, Jim sat next to me at the Friday morning men’s Bible study classes. Always with his Bible, quiet demeanor, and a big smile as he shared stories with the rest of the men at our table. Our favorite discussion was about his bicycle riding, and his new customized bike, fit for him only. I wish I could have known him and his past much better than just the table talk on Friday mornings. I will miss him dearly as my eyes now tear up as I write this. God has blessed Jim with a rich life and family. May he rest in peace as family and friends celebrate his presence in Heaven. “Oh my gosh Jim, we all miss you”.

  9. Alan Clark
    March 27, 2019 12:06 pm

    When I was struggling with riding Percy Warner park Dr Jim offered to help me navigate the trails. We became cycling buddies. He was 30 years older than me but he would go flying past me going downhill. But I cherished the tops of the hills where we had to stop and catch our breath. It was there that we connected. He wouldn’t miss an opportunity to thank God for his blessings and family. I will never ride those trails without thinking of him.

  10. Janice & Joe Cimino
    March 27, 2019 4:24 pm

    To Betsy & family: So sorry for your loss, we all may feel God called him too soon, however, his work on earth was done. Now he will be walking with Jesus on a path of gold, not sure that there will be bikes in heaven? Jim was so nice, a gentleman,! I saw him at the Y a few times, he always had time to say hello, even passing in church , a very smart man but never made anyone feel he was! May God keep the family together & draw you closer as Jim would want you to continue on 🙏

  11. Sam Boyd
    March 27, 2019 6:20 pm

    Jim was a good friend with whom I related on a running, biking, and spiritual level in a unique way. He was always an encourager to me as a person and pastor. He made himself available to Carolyn and me when we walked through the “valley” of her ALS and anticipated death. Jim had a profound understanding of the human mind and emotions as he spoke spiritual help and healing from the ” mind of Christ.” I will miss my friend’s presence and smile. ” Absence from the body is presence with the Lord!” The LORD bless you and keep you Jim and Betsy, his girlfriend for 63 years.

  12. Debbie and Randy Luffman
    March 27, 2019 7:26 pm

    We will miss him so much. Loved to sit at his feet as he shared a Bible lesson. A brilliant man. Soft spoken, insightful, loving, compassionate. I could go on and on. Debbie and I were truly blessed in knowing him. Love ya man!

  13. Bob and Jeri Melton
    March 28, 2019 3:43 pm

    Dear Betsy, Deaver and Chaz,

    Bob and I loved the teaching of Jim when he taught in our SS class at CPC. Bob and I thought he was perhaps the best we ever heard. You are in our prayers.

  14. Susan Sawyer
    March 28, 2019 4:16 pm

    I was referred to Dr Mallory from Birmingham, Al from the Minireth/Meyer Clinic in Texas! I am a retired Nurse! When young, I had very difficult time adjusting to the realities of life…in nursing! and just life in general. But Dr Mallory’s gentle , kind and sweet spirit helped calm my heart! My parents who are now with the Lord also met him. Aside from the Lord, meeting
    Dr Mallory was one of the wisest decisions I could ever have made! So grateful for this Godly man’s life, and his wise counsel! I will forever be grateful to the Lord for allowing me to meet him! Only in heaven,will you realize your influence and receive your reward! Prayers for his wife and family during this time…

  15. Helen Glenn
    March 28, 2019 11:04 pm

    Betsy: I was so shocked to hear of Dr. Mallory’s death. Each Sunday you all were always right in front of me in the sanctuary, I will miss seeing him. I always looked at him as such a Godly man and enjoyed his teaching very much. He will be missed. I know that this is hard for you as well. May our Lord be with you each hour of the day. I know that He will because that is His promise. He will never leave you or forsake you.

  16. Randall and Jo Brummitt
    March 29, 2019 1:53 pm

    We remember Jim with love. We steadfastly pray for you and your family. Jim and you are special.

  17. Patricia Layton
    March 29, 2019 9:53 pm

    You and Dr Mallory are eternally imprinted on my heart. I am with you in the sorrow and the celebration of his life! I love you sweet sister in Jesus…

    Patty Layton 🙏

  18. John & Peggy Taylor
    March 30, 2019 4:52 pm

    You know how much we love you and Jim. You helped us with our family issues when we needed it and blessed us with your testimony. Jim and you are as good as it gets.
    John & Peggy Taylor

  19. Leslie and Barbara Holmes
    August 13, 2019 4:14 pm

    Leslie and Barbara Holmes

    Dear Betsy,

    With great sadness of heart and, yet, anticipation, Barbara and I heard only today (August 13) that Jim had been called home. How we thank God for you during our time at North Avenue! We have no other contact information for you than this, hence this note. Actually, we do have contact information for you by way of prayer and we will be asking the Father to comfort and strengthen you and your family.

  20. Jane Tillitski
    October 23, 2019 1:27 am

    Dr. Mallory was my doctor for many years. God worked through him in a miraculous way to allow me to have a very blessed life in spite of a traumatic brain injury. I cannot find words to express how thankful I am to him. He was truly a man of God.

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