Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 42
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 30, 1976
Page 42
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Began as Newlyweds Constructing First Home Changes Their Careers By Cmfc Shearer Jim and Tona Marion built their first home 11 years ago when they were newlyweds. Jim has been building houses ever since. J.D.-(Jim) Marion isn't sure just how he got into the business of building homes. But he's fairly certain that it wouldn't have happened if he hadn't built that first house, and that wouldn't have happened if he weren't a frugal young man, who was willing to work hard--and he still is. Jim Marion worked out of the local carpenter's union, but he got a permit to go on a dam construction job in Collegeville, Ohio. · He recalls now, "1 borrowed a pair oiTold worn coveralls and an old tool bbi.from Tona's grandfather. I wanted to look like I had lots of experience when they started hiring in that morning. - "They took me right away because they thought I looked experienced. My first job on the dam took me 90 feet in the air and 1 had never even had my foot off the ground, but I stuck with it for six months and saved all my money:" After that time in Collegeville, he came back to Charleston, went to work for-FMC Corp., and ran a little pool room on the side. He had used the money from his darn job to buy a new car, but he then started saving again, and when he had enough ahead, he built his first home. He did all the work himself, including thewiring and plumbing. He did such a good job that his brother asked him if he would build a house for friends. Marion says, "They didn't have much money, so 1 tokl-them what 1 could do for what they had, Before I had that house finished someone else asked me to build a house." ' That's how the business got its start. Marion hires six men full time. And he boasts, "We never miss a day's work." There are Marion-constructed homes in nearly every area of the city. Marion attributes his success to the fact that he has a good working relationship with his clients as well as his employes and also to the fact that he does much of the work himself. . , : Mr. and Mrs. Marion, their seven- year-old daughter, Jamie,'and their five-year-old son, James, now live in a large Colonial-style home at Pinch. Marion says, "1 built this house without even a plan, and a lot of it was done in the evenings:" He explains,-"We sold the house we were in and I moved the family into a trailer at Sissonville while 1 finished this one." The design of the house is strictly Jim Marion's, but the interior design is Tbna Marion's.' She uses her favorite colors, green and yellow; arid she uses the antique furniture they have collected and refinished. Jim laid the soft gray tile in the entry ' and did the walls in lime green and white Hocked covering. The stairway, like the living robrri, is carpeted in brilliant grassy green. French pieces, a setee with aqua wood and sage green velvet upholstery, a matching marble-top table and a chair done in soft rose give the entry a cozy, comfortable look, while a huge brass and white enamel chandelier provides soft lighting. Earth tones prevail inhe floral print living room sofa to complement the green carpeting. Dark wood accessories and a brilliant tangerine velvet chair complete the decor. The dining room is furnished with a complete matching set which the Marions bought several years ago at an auction. ,/The design of the furniture is art deco, but that was not known until Mrs. Marion worked for months scraping off white paint and refinishing each of the pieces--table, chairs, small china and buffet. , . ' She admits there were times when she would gladly have tossed out the whole thing, but now that the shiny finish has surfaced and the chairs are reupholstered in cut velvet, she has changed her mind. The family room has a huge brick fireplace with shelves which Marion built. Again earth tones prevail with - bright orange and yellow accents. The second floor master bedroom has the same color scheme of green and yellow, but softer and the addition of .pink. Mrs. Marion is a stay-at-home career ^ women. She is bookkeeper for her husband. "She knows more about the business than 1 do," he says. She can figure costs and after half an hour in the office can tell me anything I want to know about any house I've built." Colonial Style Home Was Designed by J. D. Marion for HU Family He Built the Home to His Family's Specifications and Needs ail Photris by Jack 'Tiernan Chan ID rgmta -May 30, 1976 Informal Dining Area Is Extension of the Kitcken Formal Dining Room Is Decorated in Art Deco Styling Jim Marion Spends Most of His At Home Hows a the Family Room Where Hefitamines Blueprint and Plans Contracling Jobs Mrs. Marion Relaxes in Foyer of Her Home at Pinch She Did All Decorating in l ie Home i

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