James Harold Marks, Jr.
December 19, 1933 - October 9, 2019
James Harold Marks, Jr. left his earthly body and went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 9, 2019.
He was born to Rebecca Mae (McCraken) and James Harold Marks on December 19, 1933 in Frankewing, TN. He graduated from Giles County High School in 1951 and then attended Auburn University. Upon graduation from Auburn in 1955, Jim became the first member of his family to earn a college diploma. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Officer’s Commission earned through the ROTC, Jim began his career as an Engineer with the space program in the Army Corps of Engineers, first in Albuquerque, NM and then in Huntsville, AL.
Jim married Charlotte Anne Goodroe of Dalton, GA in 1955. Together, they had three daughters: Landra Orr, Lesli Kimbro and Lara Marks. After Charlotte’s passing, Jim married Rebecca Ann Stoner of Bloomington, IN in 2002. Jim and Rebecca lived in Ft. Myers, FL, Tallahassee, FL and Bloomington, IN.
After serving his country in the Army, Jim’s career took him back to Tennessee, where he owned several businesses in Nashville, and then on to Florida, where he owned Snelling Staffing Services in Ft. Myers. Following his retirement in 2006, Jim and Rebecca embarked on a series of adventures, traveling extensively in the U.S. as well as to South America, England, Turkey, Denmark and Spain. Jim was a faithful Christian; he loved the Lord and cared deeply for those around him. His evening grace always ended with a request for God to “keep us mindful of the needs of others.” Jim volunteered with Prison Ministries and was an active church member of New Hope Church in Ft. Myers, FL, St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, FL and Faith Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN.
Jim will be remembered as a happy man filled with love and laughter. He saw life as an unfolding journey full of adventure and opportunity. He maintained a positive outlook and a wonderful sense of humor. Jim was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. Mornings would find him working on a difficult crossword puzzle, which he always completed in ink. Afternoons would find him playing tennis or golf, unless it was a Saturday in the fall — those were always reserved for Auburn football games. Evenings would find him reading a history book, or perhaps the theological writings of Martin Luther, or even working on a course in Physics or Advanced Calculus. Among all of his interests and joys, Jim truly loved his family the most. He often expressed his joy in knowing that he loved and was loved by two wonderful wives. He delighted in spending time with his entire family and cherished each and every one of them. He will be missed terribly by his wife, children and grandchildren, and his dog, Zeke.
In addition to Rebecca, Landra (Mark Orr), Lesli, and Lara (Katherine Cantrell), Jim is survived by his sister, Janine (Eddie) Wilson; his sister-in-law, Petra Marks; his stepchildren, Ben (Karen) Coller, Maribeth Coller (Gene Chewning), and Matt Coller (Rivkah Roby); his grandchildren Rhianna Orr, Rachel Kimbro, Caitlin Orr (Riley Doyle), Erin (Alexis) Nieves, and James Kimbro; and step grandchildren Mike Schlictman (Michelle Ronay), Emily (Austin) Isaacson, Tyler (Kim) Chewning, and Sarah (Justin) Freeman; and his great grandchildren Cassie Orr, Charlie Nieves, Will Nieves, Jesse Freeman, and Luke Freeman. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, John Marks and Edward Marks.
A Memorial Service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 2200 South High Street, Bloomington, IN on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors at 1:00 prior to the service at the church. They invite and encourage all friends to join them at the church after the service for remembrances and a celebration of Jim’s life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3122 Mahan Dr., Ste. 801-268, Tallahassee, FL 32308.