You are Invited to a Free Screening of Chairman James H. Jones
An Improbable Leader - NC First Black School Board Chairman
Saturday, September 26, 2015
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Roanoke Cinemas l 1722 E. 10th Street l Roanoke Rapids, NC
Seats are FREE but LIMITED
Confirm your attendance by September 23, 2015
Doors Open 10:30 am
Presentation begins: 10:45 am
Come Early! First Come-First Serve
Hello Friends and Family,
On December 3, 2013 I launched this on line campaign to raise $7500 towards completing the documentary film, Chairman Jones—An Improbable Leader!
This is a true story of the desegregation of public schools in Northampton County, NC and the pivotal role, my father, James Henry Jones played as the first black school board chairman in the State. It is an actual account of a chapter of American History in that place at that time, told through the voices of those who lived it. It includes personal interviews with dozens of people throughout the State who witnessed his extraordinary leadership and these turbulent times.
The story is particularly relevant today as public education finds itself under attack and in decline. The documentary film records and preserves this important story.
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Marvin Garner, a son of the late Anderson and Beatrice Sykes Garner, was born November 11, 1945 in Roanoke Rapids, NC. He peacefully departed this earthly home for his Heavenly home on July 28, 2015, at Signature Healthcare, Roanoke Rapids, NC
At an early age, he confessed Christ and joined Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Garysburg, NC, a church that he loved very much. God used him in many ways at Oak Grove.
Marvin received his education from the public schools of Northampton County at Garysburg Elementary School and Gumberry High School. He graduated from Halifax Community College in 1971.
He was drafted in the United States Army March of 1966, and served a tour of duty in Bamberg, Germany. He was Honorably Discharged after serving two years.
Marvin was united in Holy Matrimony to his high school sweetheart, the former Doris Vincent on March 5, 1966 and God blessed this union with two wonderful children.
For many years, he was employed at J. P. Steven and as a Correctional Sergeant at Southampton Correctional Center, Capron, VA from which he retired.
He was a true Renaissance Man, and was known by many as the satellite and computer man. He was an intelligent and wise man who excelled in many areas.
Marvin leaves Precious Memories to his loving and devoted wife of 49 years A. Doris V. Garner of the home; his son Victor T. Garner (Tracy) of Garysburg, NC; his daughter Stephanie N. Garner (Raymond, II, special friend) of Windsor Mills, MD; his precious grandchildren, Ciara Smith of Fort Washington, MD, Jalissa High, Kanesha High, Tanesha Barnes (Ronald), all of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Jazmin High of Melbourne, Australia and Raymond Gotha, III of Windsor Mills, MD; his loving great-grandchildren Andre Williams, Charlei. Balmer, Ke’Ante Avent and Ronald Barnes; his siblings Reginald Garner (Ann) of Plainfield, NJ, Almeda Garner of Los Angeles, CA and Charlotte McCurdy of Garysburg, NC; he was preceded in death by two brothers, Earnest A. Garner and Edward G. Garner; his mother-in-law Susie P. Vincent of Gaston, NC; four devoted sisters-in-law Arnetha L. Garner, Garysburg, NC, Jacqueline Ford, Baltimore, MD, Ruby V. Ward and Susie V. Squire and her caring husband Melvin all of Gaston, NC; brother-in-law Leon Vincent (Jean) of Gaston, NC; cousin-in-law Commissioner Fannie P. Green (William) of Garysburg, NC; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.