Andrew J. Mallory Jr.

[ Age 66 ] Florist owned shop for 36 years.

April 11, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter

Andrew Jackson Mallory Jr., former owner of a West Baltimore florist shop, died of complications from surgery April 4 at Joseph Richey House hospice. He was 66.

Mr. Mallory was born in Baltimore and raised on Ruxton Avenue. He attended Frederick Douglass High School and later obtained certification from the American Floral Art School in Chicago.

Mr. Mallory worked for years at the Druid Hill Park Conservatory, where he gained valuable horticultural experience, family members said.

In 1971, he and his wife, the former Gloria Brown -- whom he married in 1961 -- opened Mallory's Flower Shop on West North Avenue.

"Their motto was `Flowers for all Occasions,'" said Joyce A. Brown, director of alumni relations and executive director of the Morgan State University Alumni Association.

While Mr. Mallory designed floral arrangements, his wife handled the shop's business affairs.

The couple became mentors for aspiring florists in the area and worked side-by-side for 36 years. They closed the business last year after Mr. Mallory began suffering failing health, family members said.

Mr. Mallory also was an accomplished woodworker, draftsman and milliner.

The longtime West Baltimore resident was an active member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, survivors include a sister, Betty J. Billy of Baltimore; several aunts; and an uncle.l --fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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