Bro. Marvin Howard, 81, departed this life Tuesday October 9, 2018 at his home in Marion County. He was the husband of Martha Howard. You may visit the family at 712 Phillips St. Marion.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the St. John AME Church, Marion Monday October 15 at 12:00 noon. He will be laid to rest in the Devotion Gardens Cemetery, Mullins.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”. II Timothy 4:7
Marvin Howard fondly known as “Red” was born October 6, 1937 to the late Samuel and Ethel Smalls in Marion, South Carolina. He was the third of nine children.
Marvin was raised in a Christian home and during his formative years he attended St. John AME church.
Marvin was educated in the schools of Marion County and received his high school diploma from the Marion County training school in 1958. He relocated to Ocean City, New Jersey where he was employed in several positions. A few years later he moved to Brooklyn, New York and completed a career as a Peace Officer of School Safety, an auxiliary of the Police Department for over 25 years. In 1974 he married his loving wife Martha Howard.
Shortly after retirement he relocated back to Marion, SC and reconnected with St. John and attended church faithfully until his health failed.
Marvin loved his family, football, and fishing. He always supported Marion High School sports especially Friday Night Football.
Marvin was preceded in death by two sisters: Ila Mae Legette and Jacqueline McLeod, one brother: Theodore Smalls. Early Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018 an angel departed from Heaven to quietly enter his room and take him to a home not made by man.
He leaves to cherish fond memories, a loving and devoted wife: Martha Howard of Marion, SC. One son: Marvin Robertson, one stepson Wade “Ricky” Smith both of Brooklyn, New York. Four sisters: Yvonne McCarter, Doris (Junior) Francis of Marion, SC, Mattie Lane and Bettie Smalls of Brooklyn New York. One brother: Samuel A. Smalls, Three Grandchildren, Two Great-grandchildren. A host of Step grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mother in-law: Della Moore, two brothers in-law: Charles (Patricia) McCaskill, Kervy (Lola) McCaskill, one sister in-law: Mary Pennix, and host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends that loved him. He will be greatly missed.