Marvin Albert Glass passed away Sunday April 10, 2016 at his residence surrounded by family at the age of 102. He was born October 14, 1913 in Chismville, AR to the late Alice Crossland and Jesse Glass. He graduated from Mansfield High School in Mansfield, AR and attended Arkansas State University. He was a veteran of the US Navy in WWII serving in South America. After the war he joined the Army National Guard and was called into service during the Korean Conflict.
Throughout his life he pursued many endeavors including owning a service station, and homesteading near Cody, Wyoming, farming wheat, barley, and alfalfa. He returned to Mississippi and worked for CA Eastern Airways in Columbus, Mississippi, a private government contractor that specialized in training Air Force Pilots. When the base transferred to Mission, Texas, the family moved to McAllen, Texas. There in Mission, he supervised the work load and scheduled flow of 150 aircraft undergoing the various phases of maintenance and inspection. He was widely respected as an expert in the operation of the aircraft and was credited with the company receiving many commendations from Air Force Agencies. While living in McAllen, he enjoyed raising and breeding parakeets. When the company planned to relocate again, the family moved back to West Point, Mississippi.
Among other endeavors he managed the Henry Clay Hotel, then owned by the John Bryan Real Estate Company. He also maintained a small farming operation and raised cattle. In his later years he worked for the United States Postal Service. After retirement he enjoyed his work as an election commissioner and his affiliation with the MS State Archeological Department. He went on digs in Israel and mission trips to Honduras.
In retirement he also pursued his interest in collecting antiques especially focusing on antique clocks. He became known throughout the area as an expert in repairing clocks and was often interviewed and filmed regarding his expertise in the maintenance of antique clockworks.
Marvin remained in remarkably good health throughout his 102 years. He always had a garden and delighted in out-door activities including the raising of unusual pets such as peacocks. He was beloved by his grandchildren and will be sorely missed.
There was a private family graveside service at Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Whit Waide, Shandon Gunter, Matthew Raff, Jim Arnett, Ney Gehman, Woody Welch, Eric Moody, and Johnny Maxey. Honorary pallbearers were Pud Belek, Edward Espinoza, Steve Mitchell, Bill Rodgers, John Rodgers, Joe Wray, Kenny Dill, Randel Whitmire, John Elliott, Jack Elliott, Jr. Special caregivers include, Lori Chism, Elnora Dean, Shaneaka Robertson, Donna McDonald, and Ethel Brown.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Raff (Michael) of Jackson, Sandra Waide (David) of West Point; special daughters, Mary Beth Moody (Roland) of Norcross, GA, Mary Carolyn Ellis of West Point; special son, Joe Rodgers (Carolyn) of Fort Worth, TX; niece, Bobby Lois Lacey; nephew, Billy Claude Glass; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Emma Glass; brothers, Claude Glass, Lloyd Glass; sister, Nora Ellen Rodgers; special granddaughter, Vicki Rodgers Mitchell; special son-in-law, Danny Ellis.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery c/o Anna Sims 911 Henryville Rd Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.