Fred A. Malik Sr.

Published 12:34 pm Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fred A. Malik Sr. died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at River Region Medical Center. He was 98.

Mr. Malik was a native of Birmingham, Ala. He moved in 1944 to Vicksburg, where he worked for R.G. LeTourneau until 1948 and then he moved to Toccoa, Ga., where he owned and operated Toccoa Metal Products with his brother, Joe Malik. He returned in 1971 to Vicksburg with his family, and he owned and operated American Portable Appliance until 1973, when he retired. After a very short retirement he started and opened VAMPCO. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. He was an entrepreneur having engaged in many projects. He was an avid fisherman and golfer, having done both in his 90s.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Malik; brothers, Joe and Louis Malik; a daughter, Mary Jane Malik; his parents, John and Maggie Malik; two sisters, Mary Rafool and Ramsey Shoup; and great-granddaughter, Layla Grace Pettway.

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Survivors include a son, Tony Malik Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Flora; two daughters, Roxanne Gay and husband Joe of Vicksburg and Margaret Dicks of Warne, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Patrick Young (Jillian), Ryan Gastley (Jennifer), Jeremiah Cottner, Leanne Pettway (Bryan), Katie Malik, Lindsey Gay, Lauren Rohrer (Paul), Sayde Fortner, Chole Fortner and Fred A. Malik III; and nine great-grandchildren, Ada, Emma and Dawson Gastley, Erin, Sam, Hayley and Conner Young and Briley Kate and Colton Pettway.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church with Monsignor Patrick Farrell and the Rev. P.J. Curley officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from noon until the service.

Pallbearers will be Steve Barlow, Patrick Young, Ryan Gastley, Brian Pettway, Drew McIlreavy and Jeremiah Cottner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Rohrer, Mike Kavanaugh, ICU nurses at River Region Medical Center, Joe Gerache and Phares Griffin.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, P.O. 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 or Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, The Division of Public Affairs, University Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.