Cyrus Mallard
Cyrus Mallard
  • November 17, 1927 - December 22, 2017
  • Roswell, Georgia

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Cyrus Stevens Mallard, Jr.
Cyrus, better known as Cy, was born and grew up in Thomasville, Ga. In high school, he was in the starting lineup of every varsity sport and a member of the National Honor Society. He then went to Georgia Tech for one year, while awaiting a draft into the U.S. Army.
After serving in the occupation of Japan from 1946-1948, he entered Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina to begin preparing for the ministry. After receiving his BA degree he entered Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia where he graduated Cum Laude with an M Div degree. He later did post graduate work there while serving a church in Atlanta.

From 1954-1956 he served the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, Alabama, along with the Presbyterian Church in Newbern, Alabama (for one Sunday a month).
In 1956, he was called to First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana as Assistant (now called associate) pastor.

From 1957 to 1965, he served the West End Presbyterian Church in Atlanta as it made a transition to Cascade Heights.

In 1965, he was called to the Roswell Presbyterian Church, a small historic congregation in Roswell, Ga. During his tenure, a new sanctuary and educational buildings were built which allowed the church congregation to grew from approximately 150 members to over 1,200. At Cy's retirement the church had grown to the fourth largest in Atlanta Presbytery. Ever looking to the future, the last thing he did before retiring was to lead a successful financial campaign to build new modern church offices. These offices were built shortly after Cy's retirement and helped the church to continue to grow. At his retirement, he was named Pastor Emeritus. He and his wife, Ann, have continued to call Roswell home.

During retirement, from 1995-1996, Cy enjoyed serving Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs while they had a search for a new pastor.

In 2003, Cy was again called to serve, and he worked as Parish Associate for Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga. During the time at Roswell Presbyterian Church, Cy served on the board of The North Fulton Community Charities, The Child Development Association of North Fulton, and Housing Initiatives, also known as Homestretch; a program to prevent homelessness. He, along with others, was also instrumental in getting these charities started. He also gave of his time to Northside Hospital in their early days as a volunteer chaplain until they could afford a full time chaplain.

He was also involved in the Roswell Little League and Midget Football Association and the Roswell Baseball Association.

Since retirement he has served on the board of North Fulton Hospital. Earlier, he was also on the site selection for the hospital. During this time, he has also served on the board of The Porter School and Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. For many years after retirement, Cy was active in NAMI Northside, an organization to help families and individuals struggling with mental illness. He was also a tutor at Star House, an organization to aid Spanish-speaking students with homework.

Cy has been moderator of Tuscaloosa and Atlanta presbyteries. He was elected as a delegate to the General Assembly of the PCUSA three times. He served on or chaired many presbytery committees including Presbytery's Council.

Cy was much loved for his genial personality and warm, caring heart. He will be missed.

His parents, Cyrus Stevens Mallard and Mary Harrison Mallard of Thomasville, Georgia, predecease Cy.

His survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Mallard Duffey of Austell, Georgia, his wife, Ann Orsborn Mallard, originally from Greenwood, Mississippi. A son, Mark Orsborn Mallard (Katie) of Alpharetta, Georgia, a daughter, Mary Mallard Bennett, (Bob) of Carmel, Indiana. He leaves grandchildren, Meredith (Tom) McCutcheon of Indianapolis, Indiana, Josh Bennett (Daniella) of San Francisco, California and Bethany Mallard, Alpharetta, Ga; and Leah Eller. Atlanta, Ga and Paige Eller of Denver, Colorado.

Anyone who wishes to do a memorial should send a contribution to the Cyrus Mallard Jr. Scholarship Fund at Columbia Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030