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Marvin Enloe McCain

(LYNN HAVEN, Fla.) Marvin Enloe McCain died June 19, 2022, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

He will be interred at the family farm in Ashland, Ala., during a private family service.

Mr. McCain was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Clay County, Ala., to Reuben Glover and Eliza Ann Martha Dora Clementine Martin McCain. Following graduation from Lineville High School in 1942, Marvin entered the U.S. Army, serving his country in Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Germany during World War II. He closed his military service as part of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army.

After his release from military duty in 1946, Marvin enrolled at the Alabama College for Women as one of the 32 veterans given this privilege. It was here he met his wife. After one year, they transferred to Peabody/Vanderbilt University, and he graduated with a B.A. in economics and an M.A. in school administration in 1953.

Lenda and Marvin moved to Panama City, Fla., where Marvin began his long career in education at Jinks Junior High School as assistant principal, then at Callaway Grammar School as principal. Later, he was appointed as assistant superintendent of Bay County Schools. The highlight and eventual close of his career in education came as the founding principal of Mosley High School. After retiring, he developed Mowat Highlands and several other commercial enterprises.

Marvin cared about his community and remained active throughout his life. He was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church. He also served in various civic positions. He was active in Lynn Haven Rotary, where he received the prestigious Paul Harris Award, as well as the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans and VFW.

Marvin was an avid golfer and had three holes-in-one during his life. He bagged a turkey at the age of 91 and landed a 14-pound bass at the age of 93. For his children and grandchildren, he was a walking masterclass on the golf course, the field and the boat. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, and he never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lenda Ann Haynes McCain; children, Dr. Eleanor Anne McCain (John Jinks) and Allen Haynes McCain (Laura Hauser McCain); grandchildren, Elizabeth Jinks Stewart (Brandon Scott Stewart), Anna Ross Jinks, Kaylor Allen McCain (Sarah Montgomery McCain) and Porter Michael McCain; and great-grandchildren, George Marvin, Harrison Russell Stewart, Ruth Benson and Jill Enloe McCain. Marvin was the youngest of nine children and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church Rebuilding Fund at P.O. Box 1878, Panama City, FL 32402 or to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, www.nationalww2museum.org. To post remembrances, condolences and photos to the tribute wall, please visit www.daviswatkins.com.

Davis-Watkins Funeral Homes and Crematory.

Marvin Enloe McCain

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