Marvin Williams Jr. LUBBOCK-Marvin Williams Jr. Sparky, 61, of Lubbock passed away on Dec. 18, 2012. Marvin was born on July 1, 1951, to the parentage of Marvin and Viola (Glaspice) Williams. Sparky graduated from Friendship High School in 1971, where he played football and baseball. In 1971, Sparky joined the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. After he returned from war, Sparky married Brenda Williams, and they had a son, Ray Anthony. Some years later after their marriage, Sparky had another son, Cedric. Throughout the years, Sparky worked in several capacities, including helicopter mechanic during his enlistment and later as owner and developer of Affordable Maintenance Service. He was also infamously known throughout Lubbock for his barbeque and barbeque sauce, a repeated family request. Marvin was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Williams Sr., and one sister, Evelyn. He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Mrs. Viola McKelvey; his sons, Ray Anthony (Niccole), and Cedric Adams (Margaret Michelle); his grandchildren, Garrett Xavier, Anthony Xander, Savana Williams, Sariya LaShelle and Cedric Jerome Jr. Adams; his siblings, Violet Price (Floyd), Katherine Armstrong, Alfred McKelvey Jr. (Karen), and Charles McKelvey (Janet); and a host of nieces and nephews, aunts, cousins, and other close family and friends. Celebration of life services will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Mortuary. Visitation will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Griffin Mortuary.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 23, 2012