William E. “Bill” Mabry Sr. passed away on September 4, 2018 at home. Bill was born September 10, 1937, in Magnolia, Ohio, to the late Lincoln, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Mabry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Johnny Mabry and great grandson Jeremiah Wilson.
Bill was the patriarch of the Mabry family, serving as the oldest male family member, he exercised his moral authority with compassion and understanding. A stern yet loving family man. Family was very important to him, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and pastor. If a family member was sick he’d prepared his special concoctions to help them get better. As a full time man of God he pastored from 1998 until the present at the following churches: Phillips Chapel C.M.E., Ford City, PA, Miles Chapel C.M.E., Fairmont, WV, New Christian Temple C.M.E., Akron, OH, Norwalk Community C.M.E., Norwalk, OH, Faith United Disciples of Christ, Canton, OH, Melchizedek Ministries, Canton, OH, and last buy not least, Ruach International Ministries, Canton, OH.
Bill graduated from Sandy Valley HS, then went on to serve in the US Army, where he was not only a paratrooper, but also a military police officer. Bill had a great work ethic, he was a retired ironworker #550, he also worked at O’Reilly Auto Parts, and was a former mason, as well as a pillar in his community. Besides working hard Bill loved spending quality time with his wife and family, in his spare time he loved fishing, playing pool, bowling, golfing, playing cards and having family/church game and movie night.
Bill will be lovingly remembered and cherished by his wife of 26 years, Apostle Diana Mabry; children, William (Tamara) Mabry II, and Tonya Haynes (previous marriage), Minister Inez (Carlos) Stewart, Pastor Oliver Campbell , Jr., Tobias Lee Wilson, and Mario Wilson; brothers, Lincoln Mabry, Jr. and Johnny Mabry; sisters, Valeria Fields, Betty Mabry and Christina Hudson; (27) grandchildren and (11) great grandchildren; special daughters and sons, Ruach International Ministries; special friends, Perry Range and Everett Jackson as well as a host of other relatives and friends.