WEST Marvin Ward, age 94, of Lexington, departed this life Sun, April 28, surrounded by his loving family. He was a member of West Hill Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN, for over 45 years, where he was a Deacon. He worked for Southern Railway, now Norfolk Southern, for 40 years. During WWII, he served honorably with the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoyed gardening and was known for his perfect roses and tomatoes. In 2008 he moved to Lexington, to be near his daughter and grandson. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Nora Marguerite King. Survivors include his daughter Marcia (Col Harry) Callicotte of Lexington, son Michael (Jody) West of Athens, TN, stepson David (Barbara) Pitre of Covington, LA; three grandchildren, Maj Christopher (Liz) Gibson USMC of Fairfax, VA; Michael Ward (Jane) Gibson of Lexington, Meghan West of Charlotte, NC; four great-grandchildren Alexandria Nora Gibson, Adeline Tinley Gibson, Eyan Thomas Gibson of Fairfax, VA, and Sophia Ward Gibson of Lexington; brother Vic (Louise) West of Laurel, MS, sister Maxine Stringer of Maryville, TN, many nieces and nephews, his best friend and companion Phyllis Hail of Lexington and his cat Miss Kitty. He touched the lives of many people and was regarded as one of the last Southern gentlemen. Visitation will begin Sat at 12pm and continue until the funeral service at 2pm at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel in Knoxville with Rev John E. Pennington, Jr and Rev Ron West of McComb, MS, officiating. Pallbearers: his grandsons Maj Christopher Gibson and Michael Gibson, nephew Ricky Allen and son-in-law Col Harry D. Callicotte, along with Rodney Franks and Mayor Tim Burchett of Knoxville. Entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2313 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504. A Memorial Service will be held in the near future at Central Christian Church in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on May 3, 2013