October 22, 1915 ~ March 16, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 12:00 P.M
FLORENCE E. BROWNE FUNERAL HOME
436 LENOX AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10037
Oscar William Mallory II was born in Auvergne, Arkansas on October 22, 1915. He was the third of ten children born to Oscar William Mallory, Sr. and Minnie Mallory. He was preceded in death by both parents and following six brothers: Lathie Mallory, Elston Mallory, Roy Mallory, Calvin Mallory, Jerome Mallory, and Herbert Mallory.
Oscar departed this life on Sunday, March 16, 2014. He leaves to cherish his memory two brothers and one sister: Joseph Mallory, Sr. of Kokomo, Indiana, Frederick Mallory of Hampton, Virginia, and Irene Moore of Kansas City, Missouri. He also leaves to mourn his loss a legion of nieces, nephews and other extended family members too numerous to mention here. However, even though there are many of us scattered throughout the world, Oscar never forgot a single one in the family, and he often reached out to each and every one...and he made certain that the rest of us knew the whereabouts of everyone else in the family, no matter where they were or how remote the ties were or how we were related to each other. Oscar was that glue that always thru good times and bad times kept us bound together no matter what.
During the 1940’s and 50’s Oscar was a Freelance photographer for the Amsterdam News in New York City where he photographed many famous individuals in the field of entertainment and also many diplomats who traveled to New York City during that time. After fifty plus years as a Dining Car Waiter, he retired from the Railroad and taught himself to be a master locksmith where he provided lock and key services all over the Upper part of Harlem for many years. Oscar dearly loved his family and provided extensive moral and financial support wherever and whenever it as needed before he became incapacitated and unable to travel as he had in past years. He took his family as his personal responsibility, and he diligently granted the financial aid and assistance that he felt was needed, whether or not you agreed with him.
If you knew Oscar, you knew he could be humorous and very personable warm outgoing and giving. Yet, you also knew that he could not hide his devilish side at times.
Oscar lived in Harlem for over sixty years and made many friends there during that time. He truly enjoyed entertaining family and friends alike while showing them every aspect of the Harlem that he loved so dearly.
His most recent place of residence was Park Gardens Rehabilitation And Nursing Care Center in the Riverdale section of The Bronx. His family is very thankful of the care he received during the past few years.
I’d like the memory of me, to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow, of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing, times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those, who grieve, to dry before the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave, when my life is done.
I BID A SAD BUT LOVING ADIEU TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ALIKE
- Oscar William Mallory