James Alvin Marlin

October 16, 1932 ~ August 27, 2021 (age 88)

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Iuka-James Alvin Marlin, 88  passed away peacefully on Friday, August 27, 2021 at his home in Iuka with family and friends surrounding him. He was the son of the late Theron Kendall and Vivian Lucas Marlin. Mr. Marlin was born on October 16, 1932 in Fawn Grove, MS. Jimmy, AKA Skillet to most that knew him, graduated from Iuka High School in 1951. He attended Itawamba Jr. College. He then decided to join the United States Army where he served his country as a Tank Commander in the Korean War. He was in the “Hell On Wheels” division. After serving his time, he moved to Tupelo where he started his business career. Jimmy became a very successful business man selling and trading cars. He co-owned the Lincoln-Mercury dealership which he later bought and managed. Years later, Jimmy moved back to Iuka where he served on many boards and committees and co-owned and operated the Marlin-Moore Chevrolet dealership. Mr. Marlin served on the A&I board for the State of Mississippi. He was Game and Fish Commissioner for 6 years. For 11 years he was on the Tombigbee Water Management Board. He worked as an investigator for the State Insurance Commissioner, was active in the Development Foundations for Tishomingo, Alcorn, Prentiss and Lee counties. Mr. Marlin served as president of the board for NASA Facilities Operations (Tri-State Commerce Park). Jimmy served on the TCEPA board for more than 15 years where he served as President. Jimmy was a Christian and a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Burnsville, MS. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid nature lover. He loved to tell how he was instrumental in bringing turkey back to Tishomingo County. One of his fondest stories to tell was how he and Elvis Presley were friends. Jimmy was deeply loved and admired by his family and friends and never met a stranger. Mr. Marlin was preceded in death by his parents T.K. and Vivian Marlin, his son, Mike Marlin, a nephew Ken Moore and Willie “Black Meat” Walker, his longtime close associate.

Survivors include his two sons; Bob Marlin (Jenny) of Lafayette, LA, Scott Marlin (Ciji) of Iuka, MS, a sister, Judy Moore (Bill) of Iuka, MS, a daughter in law, Georgia Cowan Marlin of Brandon, MS. He was blessed with seven grandchildren; Brett Marlin, Tyler Marlin, Caitlin Shiyou, Matt Marlin, Saylor Marlin, Austin Marlin and Albanie Marlin. He had two great grandsons; Parks Shiyou and Beckham McCullough. He had one nephew, Phillip Moore (Paula).

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors words delivered by longtime friend, Mitch McNeece.  Burial will follow in the Marlin family plot at Fawn Grove Cemetery in Itawamba County.  Visitation will be from 5 PM-7PM Monday at the Iuka Baptist Church, 105 Eastport St., Iuka and on Tuesday from Noon-service time at Holland Funeral Directors, 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo-which are honored to be assisting their friends.

Pallbearers are Brett Marlin, Tyler Marlin, Matt Marlin, Austin Marlin, Jake Moore and Jordan Blunt.  Honorary pallbearers are Gary Harper, Lowell Walker, Bud Coley, Nicki McRae, Billy McKissick, Jerry Wilemon, Judge Paul Funderburk, Judge Glen Davidson , V. M. Cleveland and Tim Davidson. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net

Memorials may be made to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 14194, Jackson, Mississippi 39236

Funeral Service

August 31, 2021

2:00 PM
Holland – Tupelo Chapel
5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd.
Tupelo, MS 38801

1 thought on “James Alvin Marlin”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear of cousin Jimmy’s passing. I have not seen him in many years but think of him often. I will always remember him as “Jimmy the Gangster,” that’s what we called him when we were kids because he was always so cool and dressed so cool. My family knew he was friends with Elvis and actually thought Jimmy was better looking. I remember one time many years ago I considered moving to Tupelo and went to see Jimmy at the dealership to see if he knew of any jobs available in the area and he made a phone call and told me I could start at a local factory the following Monday if I wanted. He was quite the man. I know he will be missed by many.
    Mike Cooper


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