Albert Ginn
1939 - 2021
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Albert Runels "A.R." Ginn, Jr
1939-2021
Albert Runels "A.R." Ginn, Jr 1939-2021 A.R. was born July 17, 1939 in Houston, Texas to parents Albert R. Ginn, Sr and Dorothy May Carr Ginn. A.R. passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 in Cypress, Texas. A.R. is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Ollie Lynn Ginn, son Kelly Ginn (Becki) and children Madison (Cory) and Karter (Courtney), daughters Tracy Dandy (Mark) and sons Joshua (Wea) and Jacob (Rebekah), Julie Casburn and daughters Katie (Shane), Sarah and Shelby and Ginger Ziebold (Brent) daughter Mia. A.R. and Ollie had one child together, Albert Ryan "Crew" Ginn. Crew preceded A.R. in death in 2015 at the age of 29. A.R. is also survived by 12 great grandchildren, his brother, Russell E. Ginn (Beverly) and numerous other relatives. A.R. grew up on the Northside of Houston with a large extended family which lived in close proximity of his childhood home. During his childhood, he was fortunate to be able to spend time at the family's close friends Earl and Faye Griffiths' ranch in Central Texas, where A.R.'s love of working in the outdoors, hunting and fishing began. A.R.'s Dad and Mom instilled in him a strong work ethic together with an unwavering belief in Jesus Christ. The family attended Lindale Baptist Church. At the time of A.R.'s passing, he and his wife Ollie were members of Waller Baptist Church. A.R. graduated from Sam Houston High School in January 1958. He was a star tight end and place kicker (Greater Houston 1st Team) and received a full ride football scholarship to Rice Institute (currently Rice University). In the 1950s Rice was a national football powerhouse. In 1959 he left Rice and joined Metallic Building Company in Houston moving up to Superintendent. He left Metallic to join A&S Steel Buildings Houston as General Manager and then returned to Metallic as Vice President responsible for all operations. In 1976, A.R., together with his brother and three industry associates founded Metal Building Components, Inc. (MBCI) where A.R. was the President & CEO. In February 1978 MBCI opened its second location in Lubbock, TX. In January 1980, MBCI sold 80% interest of the company to Monier Limited of Australia. A.R. continued to run MBCI and build it over the next 18 years by adding another 20 plants in North America. During this growth period A.R.realized the need for MBCI to have a plane in order to visit these plants regularly. He used that opportunity to learn to fly and ultimately had a Commercial license, and was type rated in several jets that he flew regularly as a Captain. In 1998 the then owner of MBCI, BTR (London, England), with AR's agreement, sold MBCI to NCI Building Systems in Houston, TX. At that time NCI was similarly sized company to MBCI. A.R. later became the Chairman, President & CEO of NCI, a New York stock exchange company and A.R. served as such until he retired in 2007. During his time at NCI, A.R. led the combined companies into a much larger and very profitable company. A.R. was involved in many industry associations and was inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame in 2016. A.R. and Ollie married in 1979 and lived a wonderful life of love, adventure, fun and family. During their marriage they enjoyed ranching and were involved with cutting horses and raising both white-tailed and exotic deer. Additionally, for a very long time, they bred, trained and campaigned both English Cocker Spaniels and English Springer Spaniel bird dogs in field trials throughout the US and Canada. A.R. and Ollie made many great friends from their bird dog travels which remain to this day. A.R. was inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame at the National Bird Dog Museum in February of 2018. A.R. also hunted and fished both in the US, Canada and Africa. One of his favorites was an annual elk hunt at the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation near Ruidoso, New Mexico. He had many mounted trophies as reminders of his opportunities to pursue those passions. A.R. also loved old cars, his favorite (restored twice) was a 1957 Chevrolet convertible which won First place and Best of Show at the Houston Autorama. Family was a large part of A.R. and Ollie's life experiences. The family enjoyed water sports (boating, jet skiing and water skiing). Along with traditional water skiing, A.R. was also an accomplished barefoot water skier which was great fun to watch. Family gatherings over the years became very large events with all of the extended family. A.R. loved to cook for these events and food was always a large part of these family gatherings no matter the season or reason for getting together. A.R. will be missed on many levels by so many people. His larger than life character will never be forgotten and forever cherished. A celebration of A.R.'s life will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Second Baptist Church Cypress Campus, 29900 HWY 290, Cypress, TX 77433. Visitation will be from 9:45-10:45 with the funeral at 11 a.m. Private family interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Online donations: alz.org. Mail: P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011



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Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
I will miss you, my big. Brother. Thanks for the memories of Spring Creek , Guadalupe and family trips. Our families were always special times. I was your sister and you and Russell my brothers . We will meet again ,In the Sweet by and By. God took good care of you.
Barbara Worsham Center
Sister
January 14, 2021
Dear Kelly and family,

Please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of your father. I did not have the privilege to meet him but reading about his life made it clear that he must have been a very special person as a father, husband and business man. I offer you our thoughts, prayers and well wishes during this time of loss.
Jan Lembregts
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Jan Lembregts
January 13, 2021
Ollie and Family,

MJ and I would like to send our deepest condolences to you and the family on the loss of A.R. As employees of MBCI, we were blessed to have known such a wonderful "Boss Man" and he will be missed dearly by all. May God bless you, and keep you ~

"You live to be loved, and you die to be remembered".
MJ and Tracy Bouquet
Friend
January 13, 2021
I'm having a very hard time coming to terms with the fact that my friend is no longer with us. The last time I saw him and spoke to him was Tuesday December 22nd. At the end of the day we wished each other a Merry Christmas, and I told him to stay healthy! And, he told me to do the same. Little did I know that was the very last time I would see him or talk to him. A.R. was one of a kind! He was a great person all around! I'm going to miss hearing him say, "Good morning, how are you?" And, then flashing that awesome sincere smile of his! Go rest high on that mountain, my friend. Your work on earth is done! We're going to miss you so very much!!
Ginger Taylor
Friend
January 13, 2021
Ollie , may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
AR , was truly 1 of a kind and a wonderful friend.
Love, Manuela
Manuela Fendley
Friend
January 13, 2021
Sorry to hear this. I have a ton of respect for this man.
bruce clarke
Coworker
January 12, 2021
Tracy,
I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Paula Field
Paula Field
Friend
January 12, 2021
A very wonderful man and good friend. I got to know A.R. after Ginger and I went to work for him and Ollie about 10 years ago. We became friends and enjoyed many laughs and traded wisecracks. He had quite a sense of humor, but we knew right away if he was in a business frame of mind when we walked in.
I always played music at work and he would sometimes walk by my Bose and turn it up or say, “why don’t you turn it up so we can hear it”. He loved it when a favorite song of his came on and definitely wanted it turned up. He loved the song, “Almost Persuaded” and I wound up making that his ringtone on my phone. Every time I hear that song I think of him. I will have wonderful memories of him for a very long time. He’s not someone that could be easily forgotten. I loved him and Ollie both and so happy we met and have shared many years of friendship. He will be missed by many and I pray that God will bless and comfort Ollie along with the rest of his family. I pray God will heal her broken heart.
Nancy Knight
Friend
January 11, 2021
A. R. told me his initials stood for "Always Ready," then we agreed it could alsobe "Always Right. " From his signature "Hey!", to giving my husband grief. We always enjoyed cutting up with him & watching run circles around many half his age or more. A gracious man for sure. Our field trial family has lost a giant. He will be missed is a great understatement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ginn family.
Amy Rogers
Friend
January 11, 2021
Our condolences to the family
John Fillier
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
With tears in my eyes, I am sending my deepest prayers. A.R. was the most generous and kindest man. Ollie I am sending you a great big hug and my deepest sympathy
Love you Ollie
Deb Strohl
Deb Strohl
Friend
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