Jim Marks, 81, of Candler, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Prior to moving to Candler in 2007, he had been a lifelong resident of Westchester County, NY. The son of the late Wayne and Helen Breslin Marks, he grew up in Pleasantville, NY and graduated from Mount Herman Preparatory School.
He completed his formal education at Pace University where he earned his BA in Marketing. He returned there as an Adjunct Professor, teaching advertising and marketing. While at Pace he headed up Ad Team student competitions at the National level.
Jim’s career led him to write and serve as advertising creative director for several NYC agencies, including Benton & Bowles and William Esty. During this time he worked with Mohammed Ali and Jaclyn Smith. He also wrote “People” for the Associated Press and was the Founding Editor of Hudson River Boating News and PetGazette, WNC’s pet newspaper.
In addition to his love of writing, he coached kids soccer, helping to establish the AYSO in Westchester County, NY. He brought exchange teams to England and California.
Jim was active in local Republican politics. He believed that this country was founded by God and that the values of America’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution reflect that. As a descendant of a Revolutionary War patriot, Jim joined the LTC Felix Walker Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Serena Marks Gordon; son, Wayne Marks; brother, Bob Marks; and sisters, Betty Marks Dronzek, Mary Ann Lincoln, and Pat Marks Dronzek.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Masouras Marks; son, Kevin Marks, his wife, Kelly, and sons, Dillon and Liam of Colorado and granddaughter, Toni Marks of Croton on Hudson, NY
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday, October, 16th at Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church, 2 Bear Creek Road, Asheville. The family will receive friends from 1:00PM until the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cato Institute www.Cato.org or Tunnels to Towers www.t2t.org