Oscar McDowell Marvin

April 12, 1924March 12, 2013

Oscar McDowell Marvin, 88, died March 12, 2013 at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, NC. The only child of Oscar M. Marvin, Sr. and Gladys Early Marvin, he was born on April 12, 1924 in Statesville, NC.

Oscar graduated in 1941 from R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC. He served during WWII in the US Army 34th Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart. He graduated in 1948 with a BA from UNC, a MBA from University of Chicago in 1953, and a MS from University of Louisville in 1971. He worked as a foreman at Hanes Dye Finishing Co. in Winston-Salem, NC in 1948. In 1952, he served as Hospital Administrative Resident at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1953, he worked as Assistant Administrator at City Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1954-1957, he was Assistant Administrator of Medical Care Commission in Raleigh, NC. Oscar was a missionary to Japan, Yodogawa Christian Hospital, Osaka from 1957-1960. He served as Assistant Administrator and then Administrator of the City of Memphis Hospital, Memphis, TN from 1960-1968. At the University of TN, Oscar was a Lecturer in the Department of Preventative Medicine and Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy. He served as Executive Director of the Louisville Medical Center, Inc., in Louisville, KY from 1968-1993.

Oscar was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA in Cary, NC and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA. He was a former member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, USA, Twigs Kosair Children’s Hospital, Belles N’ Beaus Square Dance Club, and The Louisville Rotary Club, all in Louisville, KY. He was Past President of the Jefferson Co. Association for Children with Learning Disabilities in Louisville, KY. Oscar served on the Medical Center Board for Hospitality House in Louisville, KY.

He enjoyed tutoring adults and children in reading and playing golf and bridge.

In 1951, he married Jane Krauss. They had 3 children, Frederick McDowell (wife, Nancy Anderson), Elizabeth Anne (deceased), and Robert Doyle. In 1977, Oscar married Marcia Ann Benefiel Jackson. Marcia had two children, Jonathan Paul Jackson (wife, Jennifer Thorsen), Katherine Susanne Jackson (husband, Jay Leitson). The blended family has fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA, 2220 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27519. A reception will follow the service. A graveside service will be held later in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Statesville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, USA.

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Lynn Hoffman

March 25, 2013

Dear Marcia,
Mike and I are so sorry to hear of Oscar's passing. He was such a kind and gentle man. You complemented each other so well. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Lynn Hoffman

March 23, 2013

Dear Marcia, I was saddened to hear of Oscar's death. It was so good to get to know both of you while working for the Furlough Home. Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Martha Holder Brown

Betty Quan

March 20, 2013

Marcia, so very sorry to hear of Oscar's passing. I know you had many good years together. You are in my thoughts and prayers. As always, God will help you through this sad time.

Betty and Ed Quan

March 18, 2013

Dear Marcia, Morris and I have thought of you folks often. We are keeping you in our prayers. It is a comfort to know that you will see him again in all his glory. Please be in touch. Morris and Phyllis King, Bigfork, MT


March 16, 2013

I am sadden to read about you loss but remember the hope for the future at Luke23:43: "truly I tell you today You will be with me in Paradise."

Regina Crouse

March 16, 2013

I was deeply saddened to learn of Oscar's passing. He is one of the first people I met during my first visit to Cornerstone and I spoke with him on other visits to the church. He was very interesting to talk to and just a dear man. My condolences to the family and to his church family. He will be missed by many. Regina Crouse

Jane Goodman

March 15, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family.
Jane E. Goodman

steve kiper

March 15, 2013

So sorry to hear of Oscar's passing,what a great guys! Prayers to you and your family.
Steve Kiper

Priscilla Becker

March 14, 2013

Oscar was a fine southern gentleman and my husband and I were privileged to have known He and Marcia. They were fellow Presbyterians and customers at our tree farm at Christmas time.
It was truly a loss when they left Louisville and we missed them. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers.

March 14, 2013

Dow, my condolences to you and your family. I happened to see the obituary in the Louisville paper and wanted to send you a note. Billy Jones