MABRY, Ben Lewis. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle died peacefully at his Hendersonville, TN home on November 9, 2020. A native Nashvillian, Mr. Mabry was born June 18, 1935 (age 85). A devoted family man, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Martha Mabry and two children, Deena Marie Foster and Mark Mabry (Nashville, TN). Mr. Mabry is also survived by son-in-law, David Roseberry (Nashville, TN), two grandchildren, Nazreth Roseberry and Jada Roseberry (Nashville, TN), and three great grandchildren. He was the loving brother of Bobby Mabry (St. Petersburg, FL), Patricia Holland (Murfreesboro, TN), Michael Bodily (Hermitage, TN), and Billy Bodily (Englewood, FL). He was predeceased in death by his mother, Irene Bodily, and father, Carl Mabry (Nashville, TN).
As a younger man, Mr. Mabry was a Navy Reservist who earned the reputation of being an honest, hardworking man with a great sense of humor. In 1957, he was among the first group of people hired at Nashville's Ford Glass Plant. He was a proud UAW member, and early on, he was a standout shortstop for Ford's championship-winning softball team. He worked at the company throughout his career before retiring in 1988 (31 yrs). Spending the bulk of his retirement in Columbia, SC, he was a faithful member of White Knoll Baptist Church where he also served as Trustee. Utilizing his passion and talent for repairing things, he happily served five years as the beloved and revered Maintenance Supervisor of White Knoll Elementary School, retiring in 1998.
Returning to the Nashville area in 2020, Mr. Mabry lived his final months surrounded by his immediate loved ones. He demonstrated an abundance of gratitude for the family and long life God provided him. He knew he was loved, and in his final years he made sure that those closest to him knew how much he loved them. As he believed he would, he now resides in the peaceful presence of Almighty God.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bryan Bodily, Christopher Bodily, Jack Holland, Scott Mabry, David Roseberry, and Nazreth Roseberry.
Visitation and private service will take place at Hendersonville Funeral Home (353 E Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075). Visitation will be from 12pm - 5pm on Sunday, November 8. The private service will be held at 12pm on Monday, November 9. Interment will follow at Hillview Memorial Cemetery, Avant Avenue (at US Hwy 70), Alexandria (DeKalb County), Tennessee.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing measures will be in place and we ask for all guests to please wear a mask.