The J.T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation, Inc. exists to enhance and benefit the Lubbock community through investments which make the community a better place to live and work for all individuals and families.



~ The Lubbock community will develop and maintain the necessary resources to sustain a vibrant and rich arts community.


~ Community-based educational endeavors will thrive through the creation of innovative and practical strategies for learning which are available and accessible to all members of the community.


~ Programs which build resiliency and promote quality of life for individuals and communities will be available to members of the Lubbock community regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, gender, age, nation of origin, disability, or hardship.


J.T. and Margaret Talkington
After his service in the U.S. Navy during WWII, J.T. Talkington began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Patterson, Leatherwood, and Miller in Fort Worth. He and Margaret were newly married and ready for adventures. The opportunity presented itself to relocate in order to expand the firm’s offices and, after a diligent search, J.T. and Margaret settled on Lubbock, moving to the Hub City in 1946. Lubbock presented new opportunities for both J.T. and Margaret. With a promise to help with any new endeavor from Margaret’s brother-in-law, Elam Henderson, Margaret began her research for a potential business direction for herself as J.T. worked on his accounting practice. What she found were great possibilities for a ladies specialty store. J.T. and Margaret noticed a new strip shopping mall going up in Green Acres Center – and the wheels started turning. Young, naïve, and ignorant of the ways of big business, Margaret set out alone for New York City – a young southern lady in a world then dominated by tough big city businessmen. Margaret would not be deterred, however, and was able to find a buying office in New York that was just the right fit. They were very helpful, teaching her the ways of the fashion industry, how to write orders, and even how to budget her money and get the right selection of sizes, colors, and prices. They also assisted her in getting an interview from Dunn and Bradstreet regarding financing. Margaret, of course, impressed them and left the interview with assurances that they would finance any orders she needed. And that was the beginning of “Margaret’s”….a trend-setting store that offered Lubbock a connection to high end markets. “Margaret’s” offered high fashion as well an unparalleled customer service. Margaret chose only the highest quality merchandise and used innovative marketing, holding fresh and creative style shows and created a clear vision of what it was like to be a “Margaret’s” woman. J.T. and Margaret both held such a deep affection for Lubbock. They served their community tirelessly. At one time or another, J.T. served as president of the United Way, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Lubbock Rotary Club. He was also a director of Lubbock National Bank and West Central Investment Corporation. Margaret served on the board of directors for Texas Tech Medical Foundation, the Women’s Division of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Covenant Foundation, the Lubbock Regional Art Center, and the Science Spectrum, just to name a few. They actively supported Texas Tech University, Early Learning Centers of Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the YWCA, the Louise H. Underwood Center for the Arts, and, most recently, Lubbock ISD and the creation of the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders as well as the creation of the new animal shelter for the City of Lubbock. J.T. and Margaret Talkington both truly had a pioneering spirit and a heartfelt commitment to the Lubbock community. They will long be remembered as one of the most gracious, generous, and influential couples in Lubbock’s history.