Jim B. Mallory of Dallas, formerly of Cornelia, Ga., passed away on April 17, 2022, in Dallas. He was retired from the healthcare computer system industry where he had been employed by IBM, Accenture, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems Corporation at multiple locations across the United States. In addition to Texas and Georgia, Jim had lived in a number of other states including California, New Mexico and North Carolina. His business years afforded him opportunities to travel to virtually all 50 states as well as European locations. By far, Jim’s favorite place in the world was Paris, France. He was an active, engaged and continuously sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for almost 40 years.
Jim was born at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Ga., in 1954 and was brought up in Mt. Airy and Cornelia, Ga. He attended Hazel Grove Elementary School and South Habersham High School and was among the academic top 5 percent of students in the second graduating class of Habersham Central High School in 1972. He received his associates degree from University of North Georgia (Gainesville) in 1974 and his bachelor of science from the University of Georgia in 1976. He attended graduate school at Georgia State University in 1980.
Jim first moved to Dallas in 1981 and remained here until 1983 when he began his “Journey across America,” moving to and working in multiple cities and states. He moved back to Dallas in 1989 and remained here until his death.
Jim was the son of the late Jim B. Mallory of Atlanta and the late Floyce Wright Mallory of Cornelia. His maternal grandparents were the late William Luther Wright and the late Vallie Jane Patton Wright. He came from a big extended blood family with many first cousins, first cousins once removed, twice and three times removed, many of whom survive him. He also had a very large family of choice located across the United States with a concentration in Dallas.
Jim’s remains will be scattered in a beautiful public park in Dallas, his adopted hometown. Jim considered himself a naturalized Texan but a true Georgian at heart and forever a DAWG.
At Jim’s request, a private celebration of his life is being planned for a sunset boat excursion on the River Seine in Paris. His many visits to Paris each time culminated in a night-time trip down the Seine enjoying the lights of Paris from the open upper deck of a boat. Jim once described his greatest sense of peace as being when he was the lone passenger on the upper deck of a boat sailing down the Seine at night with the city lights flowing through a light snow.