November 13, 1921 – May 13, 2019
Marvin T. Dobbins, 97 of Lubbock, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019.
Marvin was born to Starrett and Martha “Rado” Dobbins on their family farm in Haskell Co. Texas near Sagerton. Marvin moved to Lubbock in 1939 where he learned the plumbing trade, working for his mother’s side of the family, the McKinleys. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and attended Basic Training at Ft Sill, Oklahoma and received further training at Florence Air Base, South Carolina. He served as a crew chief and aircraft mechanic primarily at Lubbock Army Airfield and he finished his enlistment at the rank of Corporal. He met and married Ernestine Loveless formerly from Abernathy in 1946.
Marvin returned to the construction trade after WWII and worked several years as a plumber before joining Anthony Mechanical Company in the early 1950’s, a relationship which lasted 35 years. He rose to the rank of production engineer and was Vice President of Anthony Mechanical Incorporated at the time of his retirement in 1986. His friendship with that company’s president, Bill Anthony lasted over 50 years and survived numerous hunting and fishing trips. He was most proud of the work his company did in assisting the construction of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Covenant Hospital, and the Central Heating and Cooling Plant at Texas Tech University. His final assignment was to assist with the building of the Ronald McDonald House near the medical center.
Marvin is predeceased by his father and mother, Starrett and Martha “Rado” Dobbins and by his granddaughter, Courtney Dobbins. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ernestine Loveless Dobbins, his sons Ken and Kelvin, and grandchildren Erin Dobbins Barrickman and Austen Dobbins.
Groups important to his life were the Geriatric Art Society (GAS Group), where he created watercolor paintings which have been displayed at a number of sites. He was a regular walker at the South Plains Mall with his friends C.B. Martin, Travis Jones, Charles Howard, Bill Meyers, and many others. Marvin and his family have been long-time viewers of the television ministry of the First Baptist Church of Lubbock. Donations to this congregation will be warmly received.
Marvin and his sons are particularly indebted to the South Plains Honor Flight, which assisted them in visiting Washington, D. C. to view our capital and to visit war memorials. Donations to this group, which supports further visits to the capital by veterans are gratefully encouraged.
- Starett and Martha "Rado" Dobbins, Parents
- Courtney Dobbins, Granddaughter
- Ernestine Loveless Dobbins, Wife
- Ken and Kelvin Dobbins, Sons
- Erin Dobbins Barrickman and Austen Dobbins, Grandchildren
- Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019
May 16, 2019
Uncle Marvin was a heck of a guy. He loved his family and friends 100%. He was a man of many words and would have talked your ear off at times, depending on the subject. I remember when my sister and I were younger, my grandmother Ramona lackey estill would always take us to his house and he would always try or even at times succeed at sneaking us some candy. To his wife, kids and grandchildren, from my family and I, we would like to give yall our condolences and tell you that he will be missed by so many people but never forgotten. He's an angel looking down at all of his loved ones saying " don't cry, I'm at home where its beautiful and peaceful. Amen..... stephanie henthorne
May 14, 2019
It was such a pleasure working with Mr. Dobbins . He was always so kind and pleasant. I enjoyed getting to know his sons who took wonderful care of their father. My thoughts are with you.