He prepared for Princeton at Anniston (Ala.) High School and McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. At Princeton he majored in biology, was a member of Cannon Club, and participated in IAA football, track, and swimming.
He earned a medical degree from Duke University in 1958. After a straight internship at Duke, he served four years in the Air Force as chief of the clinic at the Orlando, Fla., Air Force Base.
A spiritual experience led him to commit his life to God and to return to Duke to specialize in the one area of medicine that he had liked the least as a medical student, psychiatry. “God is always up to something,” he often said. He went on to become director of the Atlanta Counseling Center for 36 years before retiring to Nashville, Tenn., in 2007.
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betsy; their children, James Davis Mallory III and his wife, Kelly, Dr. Roger Lee Mallory and his wife, Susan, Elizabeth Deaver Corzine and her husband, Charles, and John Molett Mallory and his wife, Kim; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister JoAnn Dean; and brother Rev. Richard Mallory.