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Howard County Community Remembers Marvin "Quail" Dobbs

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By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - The town of Coahoma is coping with the loss of one of their biggest residents. Former rodeo clown turned Justice of the Peace Marvin "Quail" Dobbs passed away.

"He's one of the best persons you'd wanna meet anywhere," Bennie Green, Justice of the Peace for Pct. 1, Plc. 1 said.

"He was a very upbeat person and he had a great sense of humor," Howard County Judge, Mark Barr, said.

"He always had a smile on his face," Gwen Harding, a Howard County clerk, said.

Whether you had just met him or knew him for years, one thing is for sure: Marvin "Quail" Dobbs was a man the entire community loved.

"I once told him I said, 'Quail if you ever run for county judge, I ain't gonna run' because that's how popular he was," Barr said. "He was a great man, an honest man, a just man."

Dobbs was born in Albany, Texas but his legacy shines on in Coahoma.

Better known as "Quail," he rose to cowboy fame for his work as a rodeo clown.

Those who watched him said his shows with his dogs and car were a sight to see.

"He'd drive it around and set it on its back and it'd pop real loud and then a clown would fall out and the dog would run," Harding said. "He was great. He was the funniest clown you could ever imagine."

Dobbs was inducted into multiple rodeo halls of fame.

He eventually traded his cowboy hat for black robes when he became a Justice of the Peace for Howard County in 1999.

He worked hard to serve the community up until he retired because of his health.

"In his latter part of his career when he was getting sick, I would offer to take calls for him like at night when he was on call and he wouldn't have it," Green said. "He would wanna carry his own weight and do his own thing and I respected him for that."

"Quail was quite an inspiration for everyone," Barr said.

Folks say it's a big loss for the community, but even though Quail is gone, his memory will live on for years to come.

"Everywhere we turn is Quail. His spirit's here, his love is here. Everything about him," Harding said.

Dobbs leaves behind his wife, Judy, two kids and grandchildren.

Funeral services for Marvin "Quail" Dobbs has been set for Sunday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery. There will also be a visitation this Saturday at Nalley Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.