Thomas “Tommy Mabry (2-23-19) service 2-27-19
Thomas Jack Mabry was born in Savannah on Dec. 5, 1963, the son of Teddy Jack and Wilda Kay Mathis Mabry. A graduate of Hardin County High School, Tommy, as he was known to everyone, attended Tennessee Tech in Memphis before deciding it just wasn’t for him. He returned to Savannah and married Tammy Renee Adams. That marriage, which took place on Sept. 9, 1984, lasted 34 years and blessed them with four sons.
In August of 1988, Tommy opened his first and only business in his parents’ shop behind their house. They had always encouraged, or at least tolerated, his love of tinkering with and fixing old cars, a hobby he discovered at the ripe old age of 12. When he was 14, he took over his parents’ carport, using it to dismantle a 1946 Chevrolet pickup which he then restored. It was only logical that, at the age of 24, he should own and operate Kustom Kars, an auto body repair and refinishing business. Seven years later, the business moved to Talley Street where it has remained for the last 23 years. His expertise led to his appointment to the Auto Body Advisory Board at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, a position he held for many years.
Tommy had attended Love and Truth Church for the past 27 years. The only other place you might find him was on the beach with his feet in the sand, listening to the waves as they rolled in. It was a special place for him, one that he always shared with his family. Tommy had one of the kindest hearts, one that was tender to the needs of others, and that never allowed him to say no to any request—a trait that occasionally got him into trouble.
Tommy Mabry died on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the age of 55, leaving behind his loving wife, Tammy, as well as his four sons, Cory Addison Mabry and his wife Jessica, Blaine Elliot Mabry and his wife Abby, Preston Tate Mabry, and Thomas Jack Mabry Jr., all of Savannah. He also leaves his two brothers, Barry Dale Mabry and his wife Diane, and Larry Eugene Mabry, both of Savannah; and his sister, Beth Renee Mabry Haggard and her husband Tim of Nolensville, Tennessee. His mother, Wilda Kay Mathis Mabry also survives, and Tommy was expecting his first grandchild in September.
Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Teddy Jack Mabry.
Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m., at Love and Truth Church in Savannah, with A.J. Fowler and David Baker officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens at Savannah.