Dickens County History Book
Funeral services for Paul T. Marion, Spur, former superintendent of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station here for almost two decades and leader in Texas cattle feeding research for 35 years, were held May 8 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.. Lt. Col. John Rakestraw, Fort Hood, and Rev. Eddie Allsup, officiated. Lt. Col. Rakestraw is a former pastor of the Spur church and now is an Army Chaplain.
Burial was in the Spur Cemetery following graveside military services.
The family requests memorials be directed to Texas A & M Development Foundations, Paul T. and Mary Marion ´40 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box J-7 College Station, Texas 77844 in care of Robert L. Walker.
A native of El Paso, Marion came to Spur Research Station in 1957, after serving as an animal scientist at Texas A & M University and with the U. S. Department of Agriculture for about 17 years. He supervised establishment of the Texas Experimental Ranch in Throckmorton County and initiated in research project there on grazing management and nutrition for cow-calf operations in the Rolling Plains in 1957 and 1958.
At Spur, he initiated the first research on use of hormone and antibiotic materials in beef rations in Texas and conducted research on total confinement of beef cows in drylot. His work on feeds and feeding supplements and on use of locally farm-produced forages and grains received wide recognition.
Marion also worked as a research scientist at the Texas A & M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Weslaco just prior to retirement in 1975.
His B.S. degree was from Colorado State University and his M.S. was from Texas A & M in 1940. During World War II, he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and the European Theatre in four major campaigns with the U.S. Army Reserve, having the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He served with Gen. George S. Patton´s Third Army and fired the first rounds in relief at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the 277th Field Artillery Battalion and also served in the Pacific Theatre.
He was a member of the Reserve Officers Assn.; The American Society of Animal Science; The Assn. Of Former Students of Texas A & M; The American Riflemen´s Assn.; The National Cattlemens´ Assn.; Colorado State University Alumni Ass. and past president of the Spur Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Denva Marion, Spur; one son, David Paul Marion, Colorado City; a daughter, Mila Marion, Spur; one brother, Jack D. Marion, Hemet, California; two grandchildren, Paul E. Marion and Raye Leigh Marion, Colorado City.
Pallbearers included Alvis Bilberry, Charles Sonnamaker, Roger Sonnamaker, Jim Arnold, Kenneth Stoneman and Alvin Jones. Honorary pallbearers were W. D. Blair, Frank Walker, J. H. Taylor, O.J. Barron, Jr., W.J. Waldrip, Jim Humphreys, John Broadway, Mineola; F.T. Boecker, Alamo; Charles A. Taylor, Ft. Stockton; John Riggs, College Station; Charles E. Fisher, Mabank; Earl Burnett, Temple; Lester English, Alma, Arkansas and members of the Methodist Men.
©The Texas Spur, May 13, 1982
CORRECTIONIn the obituary of Paul T. Marion, published in the May 13 edition of the Texas Spur, part of the background information, supplied by the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station, The Texas A&M University System, Neville P. Clark, director, College Station, Texas, was incorrect.
The Marions came to Spur in 1940 and he became superintendent of the Spur Experiment Station in 1957.
The Texas Spur regrets this error.
©The Texas Spur, May 20, 1982from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
Services for Mary Denva Marion, 87, of Spur were at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in Spur with Chaplain Col. John A. Rakestraw, USA, (RET.) of Little River, TX., Rev. Larry Burton of Spur and the Rev. Bob Ford, a retired minister of Abilene. Burial will be in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
Marion died Monday, January 22, 2001 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
She was born Oct. 15, 1913, in Henderson, Texas. She married Paul Travis Marion on Dec. 14, 1940, in Calvert, Texas. He preceded her in death May 5, 1982. She had lived in Spur since 1940.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women, the Mary Martha Sunday School class and the annual Rose Mary Party. She was active in the Parent-Teacher Association, Den Mother for Cub Scouts, active in Dickens County 4-H, the Spur High School Band Boosters, the Bridge Club. She was a member of the 12th Man Foundation of Texas A&M, and was an associate member of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M. She also was a member of the Kathren Fite Circle.
She was a baseball fan who followed the New York Yankees. She was a music lover who each Saturday claimed the radio to listen to the Metropolitan Opera broadcast. When her son David and grandson Paul were seniors in the Fightin´ Texas Aggie Bandgrandsonended every game and saw them perform the halftime drills.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Captain Paul E. Marion March 20, 2000; one sister, Toi Murphey Copenhaver May 14, 1996; and one brother, Aubry David Murphey in 1912.
Survivors include one son, David Paul and Gail Wright Marion of of College Station; one daughter, Mila Marion of Spur; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Texas Methodist Foundation, 11709 Boulder Lane Suite 100, Austin, TX 78726-1808, or the Texas A&M University Development Foundation for Paul T. and Mary Marion Scholarship Fund, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840-2811.
©The Texas Spur, Thursday, February 1, 2001, page seven
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