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David Michel

educator and school administrator, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, to James Edward and Mazy (Brooks) Mallory. Arenia and her older brother, Edward, were the only two children of this couple, although James Mallory had another daughter from a previous marriage. Mallory was raised in Jacksonville and attended local high school and Newton Baton College. The Mallorys were musical entertainers and their daughter learned how to play the piano and prepared to be a concert pianist at the Whipple Academy of Music (1918–1922) in Jacksonville. Mallory was saved at age sixteen while attending a local revival sponsored by the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), also called the Sanctified Church, in 1920 Her decision to join the Sanctified Church mostly composed of poor and uneducated people vexed her mother who told her to choose between her and the COGIC Mallory chose to leave home and told ...