Marvin was born on January 4, 1951 to Nannie Alexander in Sontag, Mississippi. He graduated from McCullough High School. Marvin attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi; there he met the love of his life Mary Coleman. In July of 1971 he was joined in holy matrimony to Mary Coleman in Utica, Mississippi. To this union was born three sons: Marvin and Michael Alexander of South Bend, and Marcus Alexander of Phoenix, Arizona. Marvin was employed by the South Bend Community School Corporation as the building Engineer for more than 30 years.
Marvin was a devoted family man and gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a charter member of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully served in the capacity of Senior Usher and Head Door Keeper. In addition to being an usher, he served as a trustee and advisor to Pastor Barry Spencer.
Marvin enjoyed bowling, going to the movies, and fishing. He made anyone who came into his presence feel welcome. Those who knew Marvin, knew he had a good sense of humor and something smart, funny and witty to say every time you saw him; things that made you go “Hmmm.” Marvin will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him, especially; his signature firm hand shake.
He leaves to cherish his memory eight grandchildren; three sisters and one brother: Mary Wilson (Ron) of South Bend, O’Nell Tanner of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, Irene Robinson and Jonathan Alexander both of South Bend Indiana; stepbrothers: Clyde Alford of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bishop Donald (Mary) Alford Sr., Janice Marable, both of South Bend; and stepsister, Delores Sledge of Riverside California; godson, James (Kim Clark); one lifelong special friend, Betty Harris.
Marvin was proceeded in death by his grandparents: Mother Nannie Alexander, Brother Clyde Gilmore; and step brother, Robert Alford; Joan Baber and Dorothy Edwards stepsister(deceased).
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