Marvin Aurelius Woolen, Jr.

October 9, 1940January 7, 2019

Marvin Aurelius Woolen, Jr, passed away in Winston-Salem, NC on January 7, 2019 after an illness from injuries sustained in a car accident.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be held at Greenwood Serenity Memorial Gardens in Montgomery, AL early next week.

He was the son of Marvin Aurelius Woolen, Sr. and Mary Nelle Green Woolen, born in Spartanburg, SC and raised in Atlanta, Ga. He grew up on Bellaire Drive and was known as a “Buckhead Boy” all around good guy, well liked and fun. He attended R L Hope Elementary and North Fulton High Schools, Graduating in 1958. Involved in the Science Club, Latin, Pro Club, Officers Club/ROTC, Rifle Team, Debating Club and Hi-Y Club, he was very involved in High School life. Going on to attend Vanderbilt University, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, where he met his first wife in Nashville and was married in 1962. They lived in Atlanta, GA, where he worked with his father in the cotton business and had two daughters before moving to Memphis, TN for two years.

In 1972, Marvin was hired by Weil Brothers-Cotton, Inc. to take over the management of their operations in Montgomery, Alabama. He was in charge of all aspects of merchandising cotton grown in the Texas and southeastern cotton states. His success in that position was extraordinary, and at the age of thirty three, he was made a vice-president of the company. While serving with Weil Brothers, he was elected president of the Atlantic Cotton Association and later the American Cotton Shippers Association, both well-respected industry organizations that represented the cotton trade in both regional and international venues. In 1988, Marvin was recruited by the Rollins family of Atlanta, Georgia, to establish and serve as president of a new merchandising firm which would purchase all U.S. cotton growths for distribution in both domestic and international markets. Rollins Cotton Company opened for business in July of 1988, and was successfully managed by Marvin Woolen for several years prior to his acceptance of a managerial position at Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Marvin served as Vice President of Cotton Purchasing at Cone Mills and its successor company Cone Denim, an ITG Company, from July 5, 1995 through April 4, 2009. Marvin managed cotton for Cone’s U.S., Mexican, Nicaraguan, and Chinese facilities.

Marvin served as Director of Cotton Risk Management, at Frontier Spinning Mills, Sanford NC, from October 9, 2009 through June 30, 2017. Marvin managed cotton price risk for Frontier’s five U.S. yarn manufacturing facilities.

Marvin was preceded in death by his daughter, Laurie Lee Woolen. Surviving family members are his current wife, Connie Jean Seward Woolen, daughter Leslie Woolen Fraser from his marriage to Wanda Wear Woolen, granddaughter Charlotte Wear Fraser Smith (John Barker Barrett, III), great-granddaughter Virginia Alice Weare Smith; and his son James William Woolen from his second marriage; and dear friends Stuart Fraser, John Bakane, Tom Cantrell and others who meant a great deal to him.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Foundation, 4 North Blount Street, Suite 200 or to University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901; please designate for the Special Care Nursery. On line condolences may be sent to


  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Reception Following the Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

Marvin Aurelius Woolen, Jr.

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Ginger Lundstrom

January 17, 2019

So sorry for your loss Will and our hearts goes out to you. Take comfort that you were lucky to have spent so many of his last years being close to him and being there for him. That time meant so much to him and it is something no one else could have provided for him. He loved you so much and we can all only hope that someone in our lives loves us that much. Now you must do what he would want for you to do and that is go on with your life and become the son he loved so much. He will always be there for you in prayers and memories and we want to be there for you too.
So sorry we did not know about the services in Montgomery to be there for you. You are in our hearts and prayers as always.
Ginger, Jay, Drew and Kristen

Phyllis Roberson

January 16, 2019

I’m so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father! I know how much you loved him & I’m sure he loved you even more. I have heard how much he depended on you these last few years and those memories will stay with you forever! Please know that you, your mother, Pat and your extended family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Looking forward to having you visit us in Eastern NC real soon!


Kimberly Alford

January 16, 2019

We are thinking of you and how much you loved your dad! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Kimberly and John Alford

Allyson Ludewig

January 15, 2019

Leslie & Wanda,
My sincere sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Allyson

Scott Shepherd

January 11, 2019

I just wanted to express my sympathy to Marvin's family and let you know what an impact Marvin had in my life. I worked for Marvin at Rollins Cotton Company in Montgomery for 3 years . Mr. Woolen Sr. (who we just referred to as Sr.) taught me at the Memphis Cotton Exchange Cotton School in 1985 and introduced me to Marvin Jr. I always considered it an honor and a privilege to have worked for Marvin Jr. and to have known both men. They are both, with out a doubt, the smartest men I have ever known in this business.

Again, I count it a privilege and blessing to have know Marvin and worked for him. I don't think he ever knew the enormous impact he had on my life.

with much sympathy and kindest regards,

Scott Shepherd

Augusta, Georgia

david hardoon

January 11, 2019


I was deeply sadden when I learned today that Marvin has passed away.

He was a friend and mentor, a person whom I held in high esteem soon after I joined Weil Brothers-Cotton, Inc. in 1977. I was a "squidge" then, learning the cotton business not only from Mr. Bucks and Mr. Bobby, but also from Marvin, when I moved from Memphis to Montgomery. He took me under his wing, teaching me in more ways than one on how to be a cotton man, the full spectrum, from trading a position to holding a stiff drink. When I got my wings and moved to Osaka, Japan to run Weil's operations in Asia, he was there on the other side of the world, someone whom I can consult almost on a daily basis. That relationship continued when our career paths diverged in 1988, he to Rollins, Cone, and Frontier, and I to Dunavant Enterprises, Inc.

And now, again from the other side of the world, from France in retirement, I contact you to tell you that I share in your bereavement. I also want to tell you that I shall lift a glass of whiskey on the 12th of January 2019 to salute a dear departed friend.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

David G. Hardoon Jr.

Bard Diffly

January 11, 2019

So sorry to hear of the passing of Marvin. I will always appreciate the kindness Marvin showed me when I was getting started in the Cotton Futures business. He was always open and willing to offer advice when I reached out to him. Best wishes for Peace to the family during this time.
Most sincerely, Bard Diffly

John Bakane

January 10, 2019

Rest In Peace old friend. I worked with you for over 22 years and never ceased to be in awe of your knowledge of the cotton market. You made a lot of us at Cone and Frontier look good in our careers; you had impact on our businesses, but never sought the lime light.
You were one of the most misunderstood and underestimated members of our team. Secretaries would ask me to bring you in out of the rain when you were deep in thought about the market and smoking a cigarette outside. That last cigarette also caused you to miss that flight out of Mexico. And the only time you refused to be a team member was when you said you would not, under any circumstances, eat any of that goat head the Chinese served us in Urumqi, China. But genius is foreign to most and often misunderstood.
In our 22 years, you only told one joke... I believe it was on the day that we realized your recommendation to buy cotton “All of it” was worth about $25 million!
But while we shared in many business experiences and successes, my most treasured memory is that, underneath that dry and gruff exterior, you were a good man, with a heart of gold, and one who could be trusted!