Gail Lewis Mallory was called home to our Lord on June 24, 2021. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Norwood Lewis Sr.; her mother, Juanita Sowell Lewis; and her brother, Joseph Norwood Lewis Jr.
Gail is survived by her loving husband Sidney “Neil” Mallory of 58 years. She is lovingly remembered by her son, Roderick “Rick” Mallory, and his wife, Julia; her daughter, Kristin Holmes, and her husband, Michael; her grandchildren, Sarah Pickett, and her husband, Matthew, Dillon Holmes, and Caroline Holmes; sisters, Jackie Cook, and her husband, William, Polly Honeycutt, and her husband, Mitchell, Shirley Clemmons, and her husband, Charles, and Joni Barnes.
Gail was born Sept. 1, 1941. She was a graduate of Bolivia High School, class of 1959. She attended East Carolina University after high school.
Gail worked for the North Carolina Department of Education as a dedicated teacher assistant for 25 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and supporting them in their extra-curricular activities as well as working on crafts.
Gail had a special love for all of her students. One student in particular was a young girl that arrived in her class in the second grade without the ability to speak any English. Through the efforts of Mrs. Mallory and others this student learned to speak and write the English language extremely well. Today this individual has earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is entering her fourth year of medical school.
Services for Gail will be held July 20, 2021 at New Hope Presbyterian Church located at 800 Cherrytree Road Northeast in Winnabow, NC 28479. Visitation will start at noon at New Hope Church with funeral services at 2 p.m. immediately followed by a graveside service at the church cemetery.
Gail’s funeral services will be performed by Air Force Chaplain Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin, retired, and Pastor Lora Rissmiller. General Costin led the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps from August 2015 until his retirement in September of 2018, and is now serving as the president of Charleston Southern University. Serving as pallbearers will be Dillon Holmes, David Edens, Allen Barnes, Tyler Clemmons, Brendan Clemmons and Chuck Clemmons.