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James Rivers Mabry, Jr

  James Rivers “Rivey” Mabry, Jr. 76, of Abbeville, SC, passed away on September 23, 2022 at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC.

  Born May 19, 1946 to the late James Rivers Mabry, Sr and Caroline Black Mabry. He was a 1964 graduate of Abbeville High School and a member of the high school marching band where he played the trumpet.  He was a member of Abbeville Presbyterian Church and member of the Baritone Voice Choir. He served a brief stent in the National Guard and worked with Abbeville Rescue Squad as a paramedic.  He was a licensed electrician and owner and operator of Mabry’s Electrical Service for over 30 years.

  Rivers was a performer and vocalist in numerous plays at the Abbeville Opera House including The Sound of Music and Oklahoma. He sang the Lords Prayer during the weddings of his brother, Dexter, sister Caroline and daughter Susan. He served as a city councilman, a member of the Abbeville Jayce’s, involved with the yearly Christmas parades and was instrumental in fund raisers.  He was a devoted Clemson football fan and IPTAY member. He enjoyed nothing more than taking family to the Clemson football games in Death Valley and soaking up some of the best football atmosphere around. Rivers had a big heart for animals, but, particularly had an affection for cats, which included a few of his own Main Coon’s Trouble, Tiger, and Spell Binder. 

  Rivers is survived by his two daughters Theresa Mabry and Susan Mabry Thompson, both of Abbeville. Two grandsons Kale (Meg) and Cody Thompson, great granddaughters Ember Moon Smith and Kenna Thompson all of Abbeville. A nephew Preston Mabry of Columbia, SC.

  He was preceded in death by his brothers Francis, Dexter, Tommy, and a sister Caroline Mabry King. A grandson Jedediah “Jed” Smith.

  “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting…...what a ride!!!” GO-TIGERS!

  No services are scheduled.  In lieu of flowers, his daughter’s respectfully request donations be made to Abbeville Animal Shelter, 79 Old Calhoun Falls Rd., Abbeville, SC 29620 in his memory.

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A candle was lit in memory of James Mabry, Jr

Sheryl Brown Oct 23 2022 8:05 PM

Sorry to hear about Rivers, I knew him from the Nat . Guard. He was a good man.

Stan Price Oct 7 2022 5:05 PM

I love you Mabry Family. I wrote a big long thing and then it wouldn’t go through. Just know I loved your dad. He was a good man. Love,Harby Williams

Harby Williams Oct 5 2022 6:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of James Mabry, Jr

James Hall Oct 2 2022 2:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Mabry, Jr

Margaret Hughey Sep 27 2022 8:21 AM

Thinking of you all!

Bob and Lori Glace Sep 27 2022 6:13 AM

I loved him so much, my brother in law he called me sister and so did Tommy.I hope he is with all his brothers, mama, daddy now and no more suffering I love you brother rip

Lynn mabry Sep 26 2022 6:32 PM

Susan and Theresa I am so sorry about your dad. Will keep y’all in my prayers

Lauren Hastings Sep 26 2022 5:23 PM

Susan I am so sorry. Will be keeping you and all of your family in my prayer. Lawrie

Lawrie Rinehart Sep 26 2022 4:32 PM

Susan, and families So sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time and days ahead.I know the heartache you are feeling right now as I loss my parents , you are not alone on this sad journey.Thinking and praying for you always.This is not goodbye but see you later in our Heavenly Home.

Fred & Francis Smith & Girls Sep 26 2022 1:23 PM

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