By Deanna Kirk
COLLEYVILLE -- Marvin Ellis Hairgrove Jr., 66, of Colleyville and Barry, the latter home to his dream fulfilled, Oak Horn Ranch, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. With his loving wife at his side, constant prayer and steadfast support from friends and family near and far brought him final and lasting peace. Grace Hospice provided medical care and more in Marvin's last days.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at White's Chapel United Methodist Church. Pastor Jo Ponder, a longtime friend to Marvin and his family, will officiate.
Memorials: To honor Marvin's life, please send someone you love a card, flowers or something small to show you care. Additional donations to White's Chapel United Methodist Church, the Texas Longhorn Foundation or local public school foundations, libraries or athletic programs will further honor his memory.
Marvin Jr. was born July 2, 1947, in Jackson, Miss., to Marvin Ellis Hairgrove Sr. and Jewel Roper Hairgrove. As the son of a petroleum geologist, Marvin was raised throughout the Gulf Coast, from Grand Isle, La., to Tyler, Dallas and Houston. He studied geology at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and attained an education in life that no known institution of higher education can match.
Marvin's accomplishments and exploits are too numerous to list here. To those who knew him, he was at once loving husband, father, rancher, friend, teacher, storyteller, master of thoughtful gestures and acts of kindness. He endured much for the sake of others, and through his example inspired more people than one can count. He loved the ocean, his ranch and his family, although not necessarily in that order.
Survivors include his wife, Gerry Means Hairgrove of Colleyville; sons, Landon Barrett Hairgrove of Washington, D.C., and Logan Patrick Hairgrove and wife, Mira, of Hong Kong; daughter, Dawn Hairgrove of Houston; sister, Sylvia Blackman and husband, Lee, of Canyon Lake; grandchildren, Caden Cannon of Orange County, Calif., and Corban and Jewel De Los Santos of Houston; and so many others whom he welcomed into his heart and made feel like family, whether or not related.