Marvin Edward Meadows, 80 and life-long resident of Stone county, went home to heaven Friday afternoon, January 20th, 2023 at George Regional Medical Center in Lucedale. Born September 17th, 1942 in the small, rural community of Avery in Greene county, Marvin was the third of four children to Van and Romie (McLain) Meadows. His first few years were spent there in Avery, but the family moved to Bond in Stone county when he was six. An outdoors guy from the start, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and just about everything outdoors. Marvin was a bit on the daring, or rambunctious side now, often doing things just because. For instance, every New Years Eve, him and a couple of his close friends were going swimming. Didn't matter to them what the weather was doing, they were jumping in the creek. A country boy through and through, him and his brother J.B. often spent summers with their grandparents growing up. They were well known for their antics, like sneaking into the smokehouse and carving off some smoked snacks with their pocket knives. And they were smart about it too, carving their pieces off the back side where grandmaw wouldn't see it. Marvin enjoyed hanging out with his friends, doing all sorts of stuff that boys do. He was also a pretty good on skates, and by all accounts, could cut mean rug as well. He attended the old Bond school until he had his fill, opting out in the 9th grade. Marvin met Shirley in a coffee shop in Wiggins, or it would be better said that she spotted him. She had to pursue him for a bit and eventually won out. They were married November 23, 1960 and made their home in Big Level, raising three children of their own along the way. Shirley was in school at MGCCC and he worked at Herschel Breland's Gulf Station in Perk. Marvin landed a job clearing power lines for Pearl River Valley EPA. He fudged a tad on his age, but it was the place for him, spending the next forty-two years there. Although he retired in 2002, Marvin was asked to come back into service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to help get power restored. He didn't hesitate because that's the type of man he was. Marvin is remembered as just a great guy. Good natured and giving, he was always quiet and humble in his approach, the kind of person that would do anything for anyone. Marvin was a handy carpenter to boot, building their home and many other things through the years, including a pulpit and communion table for the church. He enjoyed digging for antique bottles, trapping, and gardening every year, growing countless watermelons and cucumbers to sell every year. He was all work, but he enjoyed relaxing as well. Marvin learned to live off the land growing up, and did his best to instill those values in his children. A faithful Christian by faith, hard working provider and a dedicated, loving family man, he will be forever missed by all whose life he touched. Marvin was preceded by his parents, Van and Romie Meadows; his sister Barbara Farmer, and brother J. B. Meadows, along with some of his closest friends: Neal Cooper and Sonny Wallsmith. Left to cherish his memories are: his loving wife of over 62 years, Shirley; their children: one daughter Marcia Marlowe and twin boys, Bruce (Cissy) Meadows and Barry (Misha) Meadows, all of Stone county; his sister, Sharon (Jake) Gilmore of GA, and brother-in-law George Farmer of Gulfport. Marvin leaves a legacy of eight grandchildren: Forrest Marlowe, Landon Meadows, Parker (Brittney) Smith, Madelyn Alexander, Miles Meadows, Haley Cotton, Cameron Meadows, and Mikell Palmer; with four great-grands: Aubree, Austyn, Littleton, and Fox; a life-long best friend, James Breland, and numerous extended family, friends, co-workers and neighbors through the years. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23rd at Paramount Baptist Church where Marvin and Shirley were active members. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 PM, with Pastor Dennis Knight officiating. Afterward, Marvin will be laid to rest in the Ten Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Meadows family in their time of need and asks that you remember them in your thoughts and prayers through the days ahead.
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