CABOT - Marvin Courtney Greaves Sr., 88, a lifetime resident of Walden and Cabot, died after a short illness Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by family.
He was born May 14, 1924, in Walden, the son of the late Carrie (Greaves) Lawson. Upon the loss of his mother at the age of 12, he and his brother were raised by his grandparents Frank and Pauline Greaves and their children.
He was educated in Walden and Hardwick schools.
He married Anna Pike and had Marvin Jr. (Hazel), Rebecca Pinette (Frank), Cherry Gochey (Larry), Tim (Gail) and Connie Gould (Peter Lanoue). He later married Georgette Brosseau and had Jeannine, Brian, Laurie Coolbeth (Warren), Randy, Bonnie Bellavance (Brett) and Jeremy (Kandi).
He farmed with family from childhood until 1978. He picked up other farmers' milk to deliver along with his own to the Cabot Creamery.
He enjoyed being a member of the Walden Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1978, he and his son Tim purchased Greaves Building and Farm Supplies in Hardwick. He retired in 1985.
He and Georgette wintered in Chipley, Fla., for 15 years, making lasting friendships with people who shared his love of John Deere tractors and draft horses.
Marvin raised Percheron horses and enjoyed driving them in local town parades, and giving wagon and sleigh rides to family, friends and schoolchildren.
He is survived by his wife, his children, 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, his brother and best friend, Malcolm Lawson, and his wife, Dorothy, of Wolcott, and his sister Marilyn Greene, of McMinnville, Ore.
He was predeceased by his mother, Carrie, and stepfather, Ralph Lawson, sister Myrna McAllister, and his beloved aunt and uncles.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at the United Church of Cabot, with a reception following at the Willey Building from noon to 4 p.m. He will be buried at the Walden Heights Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Cabot, Cabot, VT 05647.
Arrangements are under the direction of des Groseilliers Funeral Home.