October 19, 1923 – May 16, 2018
Charles Marcus, 94, passed away on May 16, after a brief illness. A native of Jonestown, Mississippi, Charles was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Anita Golman Marcus, his parents Nathan Edward and Bessye Levinson Marcus, of Jonestown, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee. Charles attended the University of Mississippi where he played varsity football and baseball and earned a BS in Commerce in 1942; the University of Illinois earning a BS in Economics in 1947 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1948. Charles served with honor and distinction in the United States Army as a tank support infantry commander in North Africa, Italy, Southern France and Alsace Lorraine, where he was severely wounded. Charles was highly decorated for his bravery, having been awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with Clusters and the Silver Star for distinction on the battlefield. Having achieved a field rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 21, he was demobilized with the permanent rank of Captain. He was intensely proud of his war record, but never wore his medals on his sleeve. Charles practiced law in Dallas from 1949 until his retirement in 2003. A lifelong Scout, Charles was an Eagle Scout, and as an adult leader, was the scoutmaster of Troop 729 in Dallas, the Circle Ten Council Board, a member of the National Court of Honor and a member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Charles was awarded scouting’s highest adult leadership award, the Silver Beaver. Among other communal organizations, Charles served on the Board of Directors of Congregation Shearith Israel and was a lifelong trustee of the Ike and Fanny Sablowsky Foundation. Charles was a man of great integrity, displayed unerring humility, and through his long career in scouts, trained many men and boys to be leaders in society. He had a passion for sports and was a lifelong, avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He excelled as a collegiate athlete and turned down an offer to play for the New York Yankees to attend college. His other passion was family, which for Charles, always came first. Charles is survived by his brother Robert and sister-in-law Letty Marcus, brother-in-law Larry Golman, his children Fraser and Rhonda Marcus, and Carolyn and David Abrams and 4 grandchildren, Austin, Nolan and Emanuelle Marcus and Samuel Abrams. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Jewish Committee on Scouting, Circle 10 Council or the Golman Family Fund of Congregation Shearith Israel. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Avenue, Dallas, in the Aaron Family Sanctuary.
- Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018
- Committal Service Thursday, May 17, 2018