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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 4, 1987

OBITUARY - FLAVEL BAIRD MALOY

Flavel Baird MALOY of Mount Ayr died May 27, 1987, at the Ringgold County Hospital after a final illness of one day. He was born to C. L. and Alice BAIRD MALOY in a log cabin south of Delphos,Iowa, on January 7, 1892.

Reared on a farm in Middle Fork township in Ringgold County, he was educated at a country school across the "White Way" road from the home, attended Clearfield High School, and was graduated from West High School in Des Moines, Iowa.

On November 18, 1912, he married Irene WILKINSON of Mount Ayr at St. Joseph, Missouri. They were privileged to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 1982.

The couple made their home on a farm north of Redding, Iowa, until 1926 when a tornado destroyed their farmstead and "blew" them into Redding, where F. B. owned and operated the Redding Oil Co. with Grover WRIGHT. In 1940 they moved to a Mount Ayr home where the couple remained until Irene's death in 1983 and where he continued to reside until his death.

In Mount Ayr, F. B. founded, with Glen DIXON, the Mount Ayr Livestock Market and the pair also acquired and operated a substaintial farm and cattle business in Clinton township. He continued to trade cattle and manage the farm until his retirement in 1973. A man of long experience and sound judgment, his views on farm and business matters were sought until his death by men more than half a century his junior.

F. B.'s long life and good health were a result of his simple tastes and active interest in people of all ages in his community. After Irene's death, he was able to remain at home with the caring assistance of Vivian POLLOCK, Roxie TRULLINGER and Earl SCHARDEIN, all of Mount Ayr, and many good friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two sisters, Elva, who died as a child, and Bernice LYNCH, who died in 1984; two sons, Jack, who died in infancy, and Flavel Baird "Bill" MALOY, Jr., who died a naval casualty of World War II; a son-in-law, Edward CARR, and a step-granddaughter, Jeanne BUSH.

He is survived by his daughter, Marian HUGHES and her husband James of Lenox; three grandsons, Patrick CARR and his wife, Susan of Spencer, Iowa, Michael CARR and his wife Nancy of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Joseph CARR and his wife Vicki of Fairfield, Iowa; two great-grandsons, Edward and David CARR of Spencer; five nieces and one nephew, including Kathleen FREED and Barbara SEIFFERT and her husband of rural Redding, Iowa; a former daughter-in-law, Ila HOLMES and her husband of Des Moines; three step-granddaughters and their husbands, Mary WALTER of Lenox, Iowa, Peggy TRIPP of Kent, Iowa, and Kathy AZINGER of Fort Madison, Iowa; and thirteen step-great-grandchildren.

F. B. was a life-long member and supporter of the United Methodist Churches of Redding and Mount Ayr, a fifty-year member of the Faith Lodge No. 179 Masonic Order, and the Za Ga Zig Shrine of Des Moines, and numerous farm and political organizations. Reared in an era when a high school education was not common and a college degree rare, he was widely read and substaintially self-educated and took a keen interest in politics, business and farm financial issues and local concerns.

These, together with his devotion to the doings of his extended family, and his interest in sports, especially baseball, kept him active until the last day of his life. He was a noted pitch player and raconteur who elevated good conversation to high art and it is perhsps this quality which will be most sorely missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29 at the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, conducted by Pastor Edward KAIL. Music was by Mike GREENE, organist, and Mrs. Rolfe TAYLOR, vocalist.

Casketbearers were Craig ELLIOTT, Richard ELLIOTT, Steve MITCHELL, Michael WARIN, Bob ANDREWS and Bill ANDREWS. Honorary pallbearers were Earl SCHARDEIN, Henry MOSER, BIll RUSK, Jack ELLIOTT, Dr. D. E. MITCHELL, Milt HENDERSON, Harold COMBS, Bernard CRAWFORD and Paul THOMPSON. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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