Mary Alice Malone, age 84, of Jackson, passed away at Jenkins Care Community on Friday, July 19, 2019. She was born in Jackson County on Sept. 26, 1934 to the late Albert and Bessie (Whaley) Hughes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Donald Malone; brothers, Ralph Hughes, William Franklin Hughes, George Hughes and Howard Hughes; sisters, Betty Jane Ewing and Phyllis Ann Rowland; and grandson, Jeremy Gilliland.
She is survived by her son, James “Jim” (Sherry) Malone; daughter, Mary Donice (Keith) Gilliland; grandsons, Keith (April) Malone, Jeff (Marilyn) Malone, James (Amber) Gilliland, Clayton Tyler Gilliland (Gabby Jones) and granddaughter, Stephanie (Braxton) Sloas. Also surviving are great-grandsons, Kevin Malone (Bethany Smith), Bentley Gilliland, Colt and Connor Sloas; great-granddaughters, Kaya Shaw, Brooklyn and Alexis Malone, and Alyssa Gilliland; great-grandson, Grayson Malone; and great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Malone, as well as many special nieces and nephews, who survive.
Mary Alice was a member of Bethesda Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She truly loved and enjoyed her friends and family. Mary Alice had a heart of gold, and even though she had polio and was left with disabilities, she never let that stop her from enjoying life. She never wanted pity, she taught everyone how to be a better person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A special thank you to Jenkins Care Community, National Church Residences, Portsmouth Ambulance and Fresenius Kidney Care for taking such good care of Mary Alice.
Friends may call Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Funeral services will immediately follow the calling hours at 1 p.m. with Pastor Daniel King officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.lewisgillum.com