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Arnold A. Mallard passed peacefully from this life to be with his Lord on September 16, 2012, surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Arnold was born on June 21, 1930 in Sardis, GA to Joseph Rowland and Maude Mallard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joseph Rowland Mallard, Jr. Arnold is survived by Virginia, his wife of 60 years; his son, Arnold A. Mallard, Jr. (Rhonda); daughters, Debra Mallard and Terri Hart (Greg); six grandchildren, Adam Mallard (Balinda), Bobbi Jo Kordula (Chad), Clayton Sorey, Joni Bohne, (Karl), Justin Hart, and Crystal Smith (Matthew); four great-grandchildren, Allison Mallard, Maggie Bohne, Austin Mallard and Tucker Kordula. Arnold is also survived by his brother, Murray Mallard and family; his sister, Lucille Chivers and family; brother-in-law, Terrell Oliver and family; and sister-in-law, Angeline Williams and family.
Arnold was a prominent business owner in the construction industry and driving force in his church and community ministries. He was born a 4th generation farmer, and working the land was his destiny.
Fully planning to follow in his father's footsteps, he enrolled in Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, Georgia. While looking for a summer job with a college friend, they ended up at the Georgia Department of Transportation and were hired on the spot. That day marked a new direction for his career.
On June 22, 1952, he married his sweetheart, Virginia Oliver, and shortly after he was hired by Duval Engineering and moved to Savannah, Georgia to work a bridge project. Then he was relocated to the Jacksonville office. In 1957, he was asked to relocate to Brevard County to help manage a project to build roads and do site development for what was to become Kennedy Space Center.
In 1961, Houdaille acquired Duval-Wright Engineering and the team of men who had began the project. With Houdaille Duval-Wright, he became the Central Florida Area Supervisor, managing projects at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Patrick Air Force Base and Disney World.
In 1974, he convinced Virginia to start their own construction company, A.A. Mallard Construction, Inc. In 1982, they founded V.A. Paving, Inc. They ran the company and their life on a foundation of Christian principles and values, drawing strength from God during struggles and giving God all the praise for any success.
After his retirement in 2005, he fully enjoyed life, devoting time and abundant energy as Deacon and Trustee at King Street Baptist Church, Board member at Seafarers Ministries and ministered to area churches as a member of The Gideon International Viera Camp.
He also found great joy in doting on great-grandchildren, gardening, hunting and working on their farm in Georgia.
Funeral service was held Friday, September 21st, at King Street Baptist Church followed by interment at Brevard Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to King Street Baptist Church, Seafarers Ministry Cape Canaveral, or Gideon International.
You may sign Arnold's guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, 2012