Marvin L. Jones, 80, of Winters, Texas passed away on February 24, 2014 at 10:35 A.M. at Abilene Regional Hospital. He was born August 19, 1933 in Hemphill, Texas to Marvin F. and Virgie (Woods) Jones. He was reared in Beaumont and graduated from South Park High School and attended Lamar University. Marvin graduated from Houston Baptist University in 1967 as a member of the first graduating class and as the first accounting major. Marvin was active in numerous business endeavors through the years. He started working while in college as a band instrument repairman, serving a four year apprenticeship in the field. Subsequently he was active in the retail business, optical field and banking, in the Beaumont area. Marvin was licensed to preach by the First Baptist Church of Vidor, Texas. In 1965, he married Norvelie Rachford in Beaumont and they were later divorced. They moved to Houston where he graduated from Houston Baptist University. He was in the banking industry during that period. He was a member of the State Banking Department examining force. He later was employed in corporate accounting for a large insurance corporation and in hospital finance. In 1970 he entered public service as Director of Finance for the children's protective service agency in Houston. Marvin met and married Nancy Norman in 1976 while living in Houston. In 1978, Marvin and Nancy moved to Winters to assist her father, John Norman, in the various family businesses. He opened an income tax and bookkeeping business and managed the insurance business of John Norman. He also assisted in the farming operations and operated the Lazy N Stables. In 1983, they moved to Dallas and Marvin joined Dallas County Government, retiring in 2003 as Financial Administrator of the Dallas County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Following the death of his wife Nancy, he returned to Winters to make his home in 2005. Among Marvin's interests was writing, although none of his works were ever published. He was an advisory director of the Z.I. Hale Museum, which he and Nancy helped found. He was a founding director the Winters Area Foundation and was president of the board, a member of the Winters Lions Club, a director of the North Runnels County Hospital District and a director of the West Central Texas Council of Governments, where he also served on the Executive Board. He was a lifetime Associate Member of the Sheriff's Association of Texas. Among his civic endeavors were membership in the Vidor, Texas Optimist Club of which he was a distinguished president and a zone committee chairman, the Orange County Chapter of the American Cancer Society of which he was a vice president, membership of the Runnels County Child Welfare Board and chairman of the Region IV Child Welfare Advisory Council. Marvin was a member of the Pilot Committee for Mental Health Services in the 1960's from which developed the Regional Mental Health Services program known as Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority. Marvin was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Southeast Texas Mental Health Center. He also held membership in many professional associations over the years. Among the special honors he has received was being listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Personalities of the South in the 1970's and International Who's Who in Public Service in 2001. He also has received commendations from the Texas Department of Public Welfare, the Dallas County Auditor's Office, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force. He received the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal, an Eisenhower Commission from the Republican Committee and was a life member of the Republican National Committee. Genealogy was another of his special interests. The Jones family has been traced to Colonial Virginia, later moving to Georgia and then to Texas. The Woods family were also traced to Colonial Virginia and his Great grandfather received a land grant from the Mexican Government in what is now Newton County in 1827. His Great Grandfather McCree arrived in Texas in 1865 or 1866, having served as an officer in the Confederate Army. The family lost their South Carolina plantation as a result of the Confederate defeat. He settled in Jasper County and was an early official of that county. Survivors are a good friend, Kim Gilles, his niece, Edith Jones and her daughter Elizabeth, his niece, Elaine Woodard and her son Joey, his nephews James Cline and Allen Cline. He is survived by other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, his parents, his brother Sam Jones and a sister Mary Cline. Services will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at Winters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Heath Powers officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery under the direction of the Winters Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Winters Area Foundation at P.O. Box 211, Winters, Texas 79567.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2014