Marshall Clinton “Potts” Formby, Jr

Marshall Clinton “Potts” Formby, Jr

Birth
Como, Hopkins County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Dec 1984 (aged 73)
Plainview, Hale County, Texas, USA
Burial McAdoo, Dickens County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec B, Row P, Plot 15
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Funeral services for Marshall Formby, 73, were held Saturday morning at 10:30 in the First Baptist Church, Plainview. Dr. Carlos McLeod, former pastor and a director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Dr. Fred Meeks, pastor, officiated.

Formby died December 27 at his home in Plainview following a lengthy illness. He was a former Dickens County Judge and was raised at McAdoo. He had served as a state senator, and a regent at Texas Tech for six years and served on the Texas Highway Commission.

He received a bachelor´s degree in government in 1932 at Texas Tech, where he was the editor of the school newspaper. He received a master´s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Baylor University. He was honored as a distinguished alumnus by Tech in 1981 and was a long-time practicing attorney in Plainview.

A former Dickens County judge, his term as a state senator was interrupted by World War II, in which he served with the Army engineers in the European Theater.

He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1962.

Formby was co-owner of radio stations in Hereford, Levelland, Temple and Tyler and had extensive farming interests in West Texas. He also was associated with oil production and the cable television industry.

He was a director for banks in Crosbyton and Petersburg and a member of the Central Plains Hospital Authority. He was a lifetime member of the Plainview YMCA board of directors and a past district governor of Rotary International, District 573. He was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Formby was a member of the board of the Public Relations Department of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and a life member of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Advisory Council in Fort Worth. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Plainview, where he taught a Sunday School class for many years.

Burial was at 3 p.m. in the McAdoo Cemetery under the direction of Lemmons Funeral Home, Plainview.

Survivors include his wife, Sharleen; a son, David of Plainview; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Frances) Scales, Lubbock; and a granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Norman Wright, Danny Laws, Judge Harold LaFont, Lt. Marshall Formby, Gordon Flack ad Gene Stanley.

The family suggests memorials to the Texas Tech University Medical Foundation´s Marshall Formby Endowment for Vision Research.

Gov. Mark White praised former state senator and Texas Tech University regent, Marshall Formby, Thursday as a man who "dedicated years of his life to public service" and said the Plainview attorney "will be sorely missed" by all Texans.

Source: The Texas Spur, January 3, 1985


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