John R. "Johnny Bob" Mabry (1927 - 2012)

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John R. ""Johnny Bob"" Mabry, 85, of Vandalia, died on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at his residence.
A private memorial service and dinner will be held at the Vandalia Fire Department on Tuesday. Kalmer Memorial Services in Lebanon was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, 219 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471. To light a memorial candle, send a condolence message or place a donation on behalf of Mr. Mabry, visit
Mr. Mabry was born on Sept. 29, 1927, in Vandalia, the son of Burr and Frances Snook Mabry. He married Virginia Stringer on Dec. 10, 1949.
Mr. Mabry and his wife were owners and operators of The Village Shoppe in downtown Vandlaia, and were the originators of Jay's Barn Restaurant. After retirement, he enjoyed working part-time for Superwash in Vandalia. He was a World War II Navy veteran, and was also a long-time, multi-generational member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the American Legion and Vandalia Moose Lodge.
Johnny Bob loved the outdoors, the fire hall, his St. Louis Cardinals and spending precious time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; children, Brad Mabry of Vandalia; Rebecca Biellier of Vandalia, and Curtis Mabry and his wife Christi of St. Charles, Ill.; grandchildren, Cassie and her husband Terry Beesley of Vandalia, Blake Biellier of Austin, Texas, Andrea and her husband Any Deliman of South Elgin, and Jonathan Mabry of St. Charles, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Jonah, Andrew and Austin; brothers, David Mabry and his wife Cathy of Taylorville, and Steve Mabry of Decatur; and sister, Linda and her husband Dan Michel of Vandalia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31, 2012
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