(August 17, 1947 - October 12, 2014)
Larry Mabry was a President & CEO in Senior Care Services after a 20-year career with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama during the turbulent years of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. He was the son of Simon and Melcena Mabry and his siblings are Shirley Melcena Brown, Jean Belcher, Barbara Womack, Sandra Jones, Marshall Robinson, and Michael Robinson. Larry and his wife, Paulette Mabry, were married for forty-five years and raised their children Marcus Mabry and Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame member Neka Mabry in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Neka’s involvement in competitive swimming inspired Larry to become a certified USA Swimming Official. He was fascinated with the sport and his daughter’s love of swimming. As an officiant, he was able to give back to sport and develop an understanding of the rules. Swimmers knew that Mr. Mabry was in their corner and he always encouraged them to do their best. His favorite saying was “All you have to do is get a good start and race the clock!” Larry officiated in local, state, regional and national meets. He met and befriended swim officials wherever he was and enjoyed keeping in touch through the years. Officiating became another passion for Larry and he was thankful that he had an opportunity to give back to the sport.
Larry was a passionate runner for 43 years and enjoyed fitness, serenity and mental toughness. His hobby became a lifestyle and his running partners became lifelong friends. He was inducted as a member of a very select group of runners by completing four 100-mile distance races in one summer. He became a recipient of the Grand Slam Ultra Runner Eagle in 1989.
Larry’s parents instilled in him a strong sense of faith and respect for others. Throughout his life, Larry practiced these principles in business, family and friendships. Larry was known for his exceptional professionalism, his acts of kindness, his electric smile and big loving hugs.