Community members of a north Lubbock neighborhood came together Saturday afternoon to honor a local volunteer. John Mallory worked with Lubbock's Habitat for Humanity Chapter since its inception in 1987. In 1993 Mallory took over as Executive Director, but sadly, in June of 2004, Mallory lost a battle with cancer. He was 61-years-old.
Mallory told family and friends that Habitat work was his calling. Saturday, Habitat home owners came together with Mallory's family to name the park in their community after John.
"He worked on nearly every house that is out here," John Mallory's wife Jean Mallory said.
"In each house, yes he did," Habitat home owner Prencess Sneed said.
Those who knew John Mallory say he made a tremendous difference in their lives.
"He was like a father, and he would sit down and talk to you and say, Princess, this is what you need to do to get here," Sneed said.
Even when Sneed thought she couldn't become a Habit home owner, "He wouldn't let me give up," Sneed said.
Saturday afternoon, Sneed gave an emotional speech as part of the dedication ceremony for the John B. Mallory Park.
"To see all these children out here playing, then you know that's what it's for," Jean Mallory said.
Looking down the street from the park, you'll see a front porch on every home. That was part of the plan and John Mallory's wish, to build a community where neighbors come out to meet each other.
"We want them to come out and say hello to their neighbors," Jean Mallory said.
The park wouldn't have been possible without dedicated volunteers. That includes members of Mallory's family. "They brought donations instead of presents," John Mallory's Granddaughter Mallory Bothun said.
That's right, little Mallory's birthday wish was money for Habitat. "Because my granddaddy worked for Habitat," Bothun said. She also helped landscape the park, and her favorite part, "Planting flowers with my grandma," Bothun said.
Those living in the Habitat community say the park is a fitting tribute to John. "It's awesome to see his name appear back up," Sneed said.
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