Marvin Lilburn Gammill, 94, passed away on February 1, 2021, at the Manor at Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Florida. He was born in Rayville, Louisiana, on January 4, 1927 to Marley Levi Gammill and Birdie Beatrice Box Gammill. He is now reunited in Heaven with them and his wife of sixty-nine years Virginia Irene Fuller Gammill along with his granddaughter Katie Joann Felts, his son-in-law James Lynn Felts, his brother Thomas Leon Gammill along with numerous close family members.
Although Marvin met Virginia while he was driving a taxi cab in Monroe, he spent most of his working career driving transport trucks mostly over the Ark La Miss for companies such as Wheeling Pipeline, DX, Sun Oil, and Synergy Gas. Throughout the years, he gave expert driving tips to his daughters and grandsons who, in turn, have been known to frequently share these tips with other drivers as they ride shotgun.
His greatest joys revolved around his family and his friends. Marvin was a man of Faith who never wasted his time worrying. He knew that God was in control, and he was always secure in his Faith knowing that. He served as a deacon and on pulpit committees in Baptist churches in Lake Village, AR, and in Greenville, MS. He became a member of First Baptist Church when he moved to Niceville, but after his stroke, he was seen regularly by dedicated members from Crosspoint United Methodist Church in Niceville, FL.
While in Lake Village, he was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and a member of The Eastern Star. He enjoyed both of these organizations and served in the ranks as a Worthy Patron.
Although Marvin enjoyed playing all kinds of sports with his children and grandchildren, his greatest hobby was fishing. He particularly loved to fish in Lake Chicot. Marvin was a kind, patient, loving, dry witted, and gentle soul who found only the good in people. Everyone who met him loved him including those who have cared for him over the past four years at The Manor at Bluewater Bay.
He is survived by his younger brother Billy Ray Gammill and his wife Rosalyn of Monroe, LA; two daughters, Virginia Darlene Felts of Destin, FL and Libby Gammill Swain and her husband Michael of Niceville, FL; three grandsons: Michael Dru Swain, Jr. and his wife Brittany of Niceville, FL; Christopher Paul Felts of Panama City, Florida; and Paul Gammill Swain and his wife Blakely from Jacksonville, FL; he adored his three great-grandchildren: Susan, Jackson, and Sawyer Swain. He was extremely loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Marvin’s visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, at Bishop King Funeral Home in Lake Village, AR., and his graveside will follow at Holy Innocents Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends are welcome but are asked to wear masks as we are in the middle of a world-wide pandemic.
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