2010/09/12 - Marvin Terrell
We are all born with special gifts, and for one dedicated servant of our community, his gift is in the area of construction.
Marvin Terrell devotes time to Longview Habitat for Humanity where he serves on the construction committee. Habitat provides decent, safe, and affordable housing for families who could not otherwise afford to build and buy a home on their own. Construction is scheduled to begin soon on Habitat’s seventy-second house.
Mr. Terrell is a board member for Camp Gilmont, a Christian based camp in Gilmer, Texas, and serves as chairman of the maintenance committee there. He led a group of volunteers in building a new home for the assistant manager at the camp, and was involved in the planning and construction for the camp’s new Crain Conference Center.
“After my military service and all the places I served, I was interested in coming home to Longview to get back to my family and career here,” Mr. Terrell said. “Retirement has afforded me the time and opportunities to be active in the various groups I work with.”
Mr. Terrell’s retirement has also given him the opportunity to use his skills on mission trips to the gulf coast, helping rebuild areas that have been decimated by hurricanes. He has also traveled to Guatemala and Colombia, helping to build an orphanage and a nursing home.
Mr. Terrell was born in Kilgore and graduated from Longview High School. He received his bachelor of science degree from East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas, and his master’s degree in secondary education from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Terrell is retired from White Oak High School, where he taught Industrial Technology. He and his wife, Pat, have been married 42 years and have three adult daughters. Mr. Terrell is an Elder in the Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a trustee, teaches an adult Sunday school class, and volunteers with Meals on Wheels for the church outreach. He also serves as Presbyterian coordinator each year for summer church camp.
“When I was on a mission trip to the gulf coast after hurricane Rita, I saw a poster that had a message attributed to Jimmy Carter that sums up what I believe,” Mr. Terrell said. My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have, to try and make a difference.