Jim B. Mallory of Dallas, formerly of Cornelia, Georgia, died on April 17, 2022 in Dallas. He was retired from the healthcare information systems industry where he had been employed by IBM, Accenture, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems Corporation at several locations in the United States. In addition to Texas and Georgia, Jim had lived in several other states, including California, New Mexico, and North Carolina. His years in business have seen him travel to nearly all 50 states as well as European locations. By far, Jim’s favorite place in the world was Paris, France. He was an active, committed, and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for nearly 40 years.
Jim was born in Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia in 1954 and raised in Mt. Airy and Cornelia, Georgia. He attended Hazel Grove Elementary School and South Habersham High School and was in the top 5% of Habersham Central High School’s second class in 1972. He earned his associate’s degree from the University of Georgia du Nord (Gainesville) in 1974 and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1976. He attended Georgia State University graduate school in 1980.
Jim first moved to Dallas in 1981 and remained there until 1983, when he began his “journey across America”, moving and working in several cities and states. He returned to Dallas in 1989 and remained there 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 large extended blood family with many first cousins, once-distant, twice- and thrice-distant first cousins, 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 planned for a sunset boat trip on the Seine in Paris. His many stays in Paris each time lead to a nocturnal descent on 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 only passenger on the upper deck of a boat cruising the Seine at night with city lights streaming through light snow.