Dwight H. Marriott, age 100 of Higginsport, Ohio died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ripley, Ohio. Mr. Marriott was born October 26, 1918 in Higginsport, Ohio the son of the late Hubert and Mabel (Neu) Marriott. He was also preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years – Inez (Richey) Marriott in 2009, whom he married June 17, 1946 and special friend and longtime care giver – Anita Flaugher.
Dwight entered the workforce in the 1930’s raising cattle and delivering milk from his parent’s farm with his horse drawn cart to area residents. After his graduation from Higginsport High School in 1936, he began his employment with the Citizens Bank of Higginsport as a teller. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II from 1941 – 1944 and was discharged as a Master Sergeant and then resumed his career with the Citizens Bank of Higginsport. He was promoted to assistant cashier in January 1952 and then promoted to cashier in January 1955. He went on to become executive vice-president in 1972 and president in 1979, an office he held for many years. He as well as his wife, Inez lived their entire lives in the Higginsport area, turning down opportunities to work in the “Big City” banks. He felt his place was serving the community he was raised in and worked side by side with Inez for thirty-two years until her retirement in 1985.Past employees recall his arriving to work on his bicycle as he lived just a few blocks from the bank. He was a remarkable example to the younger employees with his vast knowledge of banking and his loyalty to his job.
Dwight, along with his wife owned and operated their insurance company, Marriott Insurance Company for more than forty years. He was very community oriented and civic minded. He was a member and always actively involved with the Brown County Planning Commission, since its inception over fifty- five years ago, the Brown County Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Tobacco Festival VIP committee, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge # 2293, the Masonic Lodge F&AM # 71, a lifetime member of the Courts-Fussnecker American Legion #367 in Ripley, Ohio and a devoted member of the Higginsport Christian Church. He also was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel and in 1988 he was named to the Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Local School District “Hall of Fame” and was named the Brown County Chamber of Commerce “Person of the Year”.
Brown County residents have witnessed, first hand, his outstanding support and contributions to every civic, veterans, school and charitable cause this county has had in the past eighty years. His efficient and sensitive approach to his customers and their problems, in good times and bad, was remarkable. He has been a role model for many young and inexperienced people entering the banking profession and has been a teacher and stabilizing influence in both their business and personal lives. Through every business or personal crises, Dwight and Inez were always one of the first on the scene to offer sincere support, assistance and encouragement. He has been a dynamic “Goodwill Ambassador” for Brown County and the State of Ohio.
Private funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the convenience of the family at the Cahall Funeral Home in Georgetown, Ohio. Rev. Bill Arnold will officiate. There will be no visitation. Interment will be in the Confidence Cemetery in Georgetown, Ohio.
Higginsport Christian Church
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Ohio Valley Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund
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Hospice of Hope Care Center at Kenton Pointe
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