Barbara Whitelock Mallory

August 18, 1936April 27, 2021

Barbara Whitelock Mallory, 84, of Athens, GA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Born August 18, 1936 in Anderson, SC, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mildred Whitelock and is survived by her brother, Richard E. Whitelock.

Barbara was married to Robert Gordon Mallory, Jr. on July 2, 1955 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Athens, GA. They made their home together in Decatur, GA where they raised four children and stayed for 48 years. As a homemaker, she raised her children, enjoyed her cats and dogs and her many friends in the neighborhood. Her late husband, Gordon, was retired from C&S National Bank.

After many years of retirement, Gordon and Barbara moved to Athens where they lived together at Lanier Gardens Senior Living Community. Barbara and Gordon had many dear friends at Lanier Gardens.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, R. Gordon Mallory, Jr.

In addition to her brother, she is survived by her four children, Bobby, Mary, George and Joe Mallory; five grandchildren, Kristin, Matthew, Bryn, Lauren and Allison; and two great-grandsons, Jayce and Ryan.

A private graveside service with family will be held on Friday, April 30 at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, GA.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Kristin Dillingham

May 5, 2021

Barbara Mallory was my Grandmother. To me she was also like a mother. She was the kindest person that I knew. I remember as a young child on Friday's (not every) she would let me stay home with her, what she called "playing hooky" from school. We would go to the mall and go shopping. She loved to shop, she loved perfume and so did I. I can remember I would go to the glass counters where all the different fragrances were and I'd spray each one on me. We would bring her mother along at times too. We would all have a chick fil a sandwich then go into Woolworths.
My grandparents took us every year to Destin FL. I have so many good memories with her and my family in Destin. She loved animals and had many as I was growing up. If I was home sick she would always care for me while my mom was at work. She had a bell and she told me if you need me you just ring this bell and I will be right there. Sometimes I'd ring it just to make sure she would come. She came every time, with a smile and thermometer.

Not long ago before she passed, we were talking on the phone just about life and I asked her what she wanted to do with her life at the time she was in her 20's. She told me, I knew I had found the one (her late husband, Gordon) and she told me I just wanted to be a mother. I wanted to stay at home , have kids and be the best mother I could be to them. I told her she accomplished that. She was a loving mother to four beautiful babies. She was the best and coolest grandmother. She was a die hard bulldawg fan. She loved watching the games and cheering them on. She loved the beach and laying in the sun, she loved fashion and every Friday rain or shine she was going to the salon to get her hair done. Above all she loved her family. I will miss her everyday, but I know that she is in heaven now and she's having the time of her life. When god calls me home she will be standing there and say, "Hey babe!" I hold 36 years of memories in my heart forever. I love you grandmother.

George Mallory

May 3, 2021

My mother was the best mother a child could hope for. I have so many memories of her growing up, one of the many funny things was when I was still in elementary school. If I was home sick from school, my mom would always make a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. As part of my caregiving from my mom she would bring into my room our black and white cat, Travis. She would hold Travis in her arms and take his paw -making a gesture for me to let him get close to me and tell me Dr. Bombay, him being the cat, wanted me to let him examine me and give me a diagnosis.
Travis would then get in the bed with me and immediately push his way onto my pillow and precede to take a nap.
When entering the room, she would call out the cry, “Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay, come right away “ -just like Samantha Stephen’s.
My mom will always be in my thoughts and prayers. She deserved only the best in life and I know she was ready to see God and join her parents and aunts and uncles at the big dinner table in heaven. On the menu will be Aunt Mary’s fried chicken, green beans and delicious pound cake. I know that something good will come out of my mom’s passing. Hopefully it will be good laugh in the day or a thought of “my mother would love to see this”.
She was my best friend and I will miss her very much.
Here’s to you, mother. Rest In Peace.
Your son, George

richard whitelock

May 3, 2021

I never considered writing a memory about my sister upon her death. She was always a part of my presence, my life. Since she was older than I, there was never a day that I didn't feel her influence. So it is with heavy heart that I bid her farewell but I am confident that having broken the bonds of earth, she is living a new life and will prepare the way for us who follow.

Barbara Sue was kind and loving. She was slow to anger and always treated everyone to my knowledge with respect. She loved her daddy, Richard L. from the "moon and back" and remained an important part of our mother's life as well. She raised four children and provided a loving and supportive home while they grew to maturity.

Barbara Sue was a loving and loyal sister to me. And she was always very generous with her support. She and I both developed from the love of 7 Papa sisters of Athens, Ga and she was literally a die-hard Georgia Bulldog fan until her last breath. I knew she was anxious to shake the bonds of earth and join her family in heaven. It makes me happy to know that she is with them now and yet everyday without her reminds me of the great void that has recently come into my life.

So prepare the way, Barbara. I am just right behind you. One day we will all be together, once again.