Marion Edgar Luper, Jr.
Life began for Marion on October 18, 1927 in Jacksonville, Texas. His parents, Marion Edgar Luper and Johanna Harrop Luper were both educators who lived in Austin, TX before returning to their former home in Woodville, TX. He had one sister, Doretta Luper Gilchrist of Woodville.
Marion graduated from Kirby High school in Woodville, TX in 1944 and received his BBA degree from Sam Houston State University in 1946 at the age of 18. He received his MA degree from The University of Texas at Austin and did additional graduate study at Columbia University, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M University where he received a National Defense Education Act Fellowship in English.
Before beginning his teaching career, he worked for the Austin National Bank, W.H. Richardson Wholesale Hardware, The State Auditor’s Office where he was an Assistant State Auditor for five years, was an agent for State Farm Insurance, worked for Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice in Houston, and FG Masquelette and Co., a Houston CPA firm.
His teaching career began in Houston, TX at Reagan High School, which was followed by Odessa, College, Bowie Junior High School and Permian High School, from which he retired in 1986.
He was involved in Scouting in Woodville, where he earned the Eagle Scout Award. In addition, he was a life member of Phi Delta Kappa, Texas State Teacher’s Association, National education Association and had been a member of First Baptist Church since 1954.
Music was always an important facet of his life beginning at home and continuing through school. He sang with the A Capella Choir at Sam Houston, the Houston Symphony and Chorale, River Oaks Baptist Church Choirs of Houston, Austin and Odessa. He served on the boards for the Odessa Council of Arts and Humanities as well as the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale.
Travel was an important facet of his life having taken him to Europe, Central America, Mexico, China and Japan.
Marion is preceded in death by his partner, Nelson T. Allison, his parents, and his good friend from Washington, D.C., Jared A. Barlage.
He is survived by his nephew, John Allen Gilchrist, his niece Karen Gilchrist Fortenberry, his nephew, Marion Scott Gilchrist and close friends, Steve and Reba McHaney, Doug and Judy Smith, Roy and Susan Collier, and Bob and Linda Neidert.
Marion was laid to rest on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, TX with Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Mission Dorado Baptist Church in Odessa, TX, with Reverend Bob Bratcher officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Marion’s honor to the Odessa Council of Arts or the Ellen Noel Art Museum.
What a great man he was! He was the best English teacher I ever had,including college. But he was first and foremost a friend and a gentleman from the old school when manners and gentility counted. I have to say I loved the guy. He, Nelson and my mother were dear friends. She loved him as well. He left a wonderful legacy to his students.
Gerlyn McDonaldFort Worth, TX
Mr. Luper was a joy and a kind and loving friend to my mother, Thelma Gratton, my aunt Bernice Peery and my entire family for many years. Always kind and happy and gracious , willing to help in any situation and giving of his time to all in his life. I will always remember him and Mr. Allison.
SUZANNE GRATTON JOHNSONLincoln, Ne., TX
It's been almost 60 years since Mr. Marion Luper was my English teacher & I still admire & love & respect him as much as I did then. He was a great person & great teacher. God Speed Mr. Luper! I know the Angels are singing & the Saints rejoicing!
Linda PierceComanche, TX
Marion was not just a teacher or friend to all of my family. He was an adopted uncle to us kids, a brother to my mom, Sally, and a son to my grandparents. He and Nelson were a part of our lives and we loved them dearly. My brother, John Searls was accidentally left out of the obituary but loved and was loved by Marion also.
Susan CollierMontgomery, TX
Mr. Luper, was an inspiration to do better. He loved our language and how it worked and he was correct when he taught that without 100 percent understanding of English works, you are lost. Marion was a gentleman in every sense of the word. I am so glad, blessed, and extremely fortunate to have had you for a teacher, and to have known you. May God bless.
Otis E Brasfield, Jr.Odessa, TX
I love Marion so much. There's no way to replace him.
Marion was an amazing, caring gentleman. I feel so blessed to have had him as a friend and co-worker.
Fritzi HeronOdessa, TX
Mr. Luper was such a kind and encouraging teacher. I will always remember him and consider myself fortunate to have known him.
Annelle WallEdgewood, TX
Beloved by thousands of former pupils (including myself) & family & friends. God Speed, Dear Mr. Luper. Love!
Linda PierceComanche, TX
He was a great Christian man. He will be miss but not forgotten. Prayers to the family. ❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
Alan HurleyOdessa, TX