James Charles Mabrey

October 22, 1953May 4, 2019

MABREY, JAMES CHARLES age 65, died Saturday, May 4, 2019 at home. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. James was born October 22, 1953 in Fort Leonard Wood, MO to parents James F. and Shirley J. (Violette) Mabrey. James worked as a Truck driver for Pepsi. He enjoyed car racing, creating sticker art, but mostly spending time with his grandchildren. James graduated to a smart phone in 2018 and was able to reconnect with friends, family, his love for music and racing. Surviving are children Jennifer (Kevin) Steele, Mary “Tiffanny” (Trent) Hamilton, James “Colt” Mabrey, Shana Cochran; grandchildren Brandon Steele, Kayla Irmen, Kamren Steele, Hannah Frank, Lyliannah Frank, Laura Mabrey, Mallory Mabrey; great-grandchildren Kailee Cherrt, Emmalynn Irmen; mother of his children Mary Yvonne Cooper; brother Jerrald Mabrey; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter Mary Yvonne Mabrey“ Little Mary”; brother Jeffrey Mabrey. “THUMBS UP” Arrangements by the Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, MI Condolences may be left on-line at


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Deborah Blankenship

May 8, 2019

Jimmy, you have always been a gentle & loving cousin. I remember coming to your house on Oxbow Lane & you & your brothers & Dad always having a car project you were working on. You had these little mini bikes & you & Jeff taught & encouraged me to ride up & down that lane. I felt so daring & cool & accomplished. You were always loving & encouraging to me. You told me stories of how you could be a pain, but I never saw it. It is hard for me to believe you have crossed over to the land of the eternal. I will carry your memory with me always. I will miss you.

Cathy Holmes

May 7, 2019

I can't remember ever not knowing Jimmy and the Mabrey family.... Our Dads were race buddies in the 50/60's. Hearing of his death while at the racetrack, Saturday, was a shock. We shared so many race and family stories the past few years... such good times! We will meet again at the racetrack in the sky...
My condolences and prayers for the family.


May 7, 2019

Jim and I just texted each other Saturday afternoon, and now to find out he passed that same day. Jim was such a good friend, loved his racing that's for sure. I will sadly miss him. RIP my friend

Dale Keenan

May 7, 2019

Every Saturday for 10 yrs you were always there at the race track to help me with my race truck so I could race. Made sure we had our pizza at the end of the night. You will be missed, your race buddy Dale Keenan.