Dr. Hunter P. Mabry, 82, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 after a long struggle with chronic radiation damage to his intestinal tract many years ago. Born in Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, he was a native of the Shenandoah Valley. During his youth he lived in the Waynesboro area and graduated with the Wilson Memorial High School class of 1951. Later, he completed his B.Sc. in Rural Sociology at the then Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Virginia Tech), his B.Div. at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and served as a missionary to the Philippines, 1959 to 1963 under the Board of Missions of The United Methodist Church.
Desiring to help train persons to become pastors, he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology in 1969 and over the next 25 years served on the faculty of the United Theological College, Bangalore under the sponsorship of The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries (GBOGM) where he helped to train students at the B.D., M.Th. and D.Th levels. His published writings include Christian Ethics, An Introductory Reader, The Christian Clergy in India, Vol. 1, Social Structure and Social Roles, and Manual for Researchers and Writers.
Dr. Mabry is survived by one sister, Marie Lowe, who lives in Mississippi; his beloved wife of 53 years, Dr. Esther Galima Mabry; son, Philip of Waynesboro; and daughter, Ruth of Oman; along with son-in-law, Abdulrahim Al-Bahlani; and grandchildren, Malik and Zakaria. After his retirement from the GBOGM in 1996, he devoted much of his time and energy to voluntarism – he was one of the founders of the Virginia Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Justice and of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice; participated actively in other social justice established organizations such as Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Virginia Organizing and initiated actions on issues such as restoration of voting rights and opening of job opportunities to ex-felons who have paid their debt to society.
The principal, faculty, staff and students of the UTC offer their prayers and condolences to the bereaved family and remember gratefully the profound influence that Dr. Mabry made to the United Theological College and its community.
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