Marvin R. Davis

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Marvin Robert Davis, 55 of Lebanon, MO passed away, May 30,2012 at Columbia Healthcare Center, from complications from a brain hematoma.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM  June 6, 2012 at the Marshfield United Methodist Church, Marshfield, MO.  Rev. Davis was born Oct. 15,1956 in Lexington, VA.  Marvin was a graduate of Hillcrest High School, Springfield, MO.  He earned his BS degree in Business Administration and Economics and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO and received his Masters of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO. He was a United Methodist Minister for over 25 years serving congregations in Holt, Platte Woods, Platte City, Republic, Marshfield, Rolla and Bonne Terre, MO.  Following his services as a minister he was employed as a Hospice Chaplain for several years until his disability forced an early retirement at which time he created Marvin Davis Ministries to assist those in need and bring them the word of God.  Marvin truly loved people and sharing with them God’s love and grace.  Marvin never knew a stranger. He also served as an ordained minister with Acts Ministry, Springfield, MO.   He was a 32nd Degree Mason, holding several state offices until his illness, he was a lifetime member of Webster Lodge #98 in Marshfield, Rolla Lodge #213 and Gate of the Temple Springfield, in addition to being a Shriner and member of the York Rite.  He was a member and Past Grand Master of Queen City Lodge #12 Odd Fellows and served as the State Grand Herald 2011-2012.  While serving in Marshfield and Rolla he was a proud member of the local Rotary and was Rotarian of the year while in Marshfield.  He was preceded in death by His father William Avery Davis and brother Louis Edward.  Survivors include: wife Linda, sons Andrew Robert (wife Brandy, son Sylar) Christopher Avery, and Daniel Lee all of Springfield, MO, stepdaughter Jennifer Poeppelmeier (husband Christian and daughter Lily) of Columbia, MO, Mother Ernestine Armentrout Davis of Muskegon, MI, brother Ernest (wife Diane, sons Ernest, Andrew and Nicholas) Muskegon, MI, sister Shirley Sanphilipo (husband Rick, daughter Mary Ward), Baltimore, MD, a special cousin Linda Madison of Roanoke, VA, chosen brothers and sisters Ann and Joe Decker and John and Peggy Bisbee of Rolla, MO and many dear friends.  Memorial contributions may be made to: Marvin Davis Ministries.  Arrangements made by Heartland Cremation & Burial Society of Columbia, MO.


  1. thomas kelley on June 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    so sorry to hear about your loss,i have known marvin since i was 17 and he was always good to me. so glad he finally got the wife he deserved. just wish his kids would have spent more time with him. R.I.P. MARVIN

  2. Katie Struckhoff on June 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I had the honor of serving as a camp counselor with Marvin at Camp Galilee for a number of years and was impressed and inspired by his love for people and his faith. I am sorry for the loss of his influence here on earth, but feel he has impacted many people and has left a legacy of great eternal value. Blessings and Peace, Katie Struckhoff

  3. Debra (Brown) Latta on June 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I was so sorry to read this sad news. I went to Jr. High and High School and graduated with Marvin. He was always such a nice guy, and I remember passing him in the halls, where he always spoke or waved to his friends. I’m not surprised at his involvement and many accomplishments, and his ability and heart for helping others. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family.

  4. Chris Blender on June 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Daniel I am so sorry for you and your families loss. I pray God wraps you and your family in his love and comfort you all through this rough time.

  5. Chris Davis on June 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Forever my mentor, Forever my friend, Forever my father, Forever my dad. Blessings to the man that helped make me who I am. God Bless My Father. To the man that has left the world a better place than when he found it through an unparalleled ministry. God’s servant has made it home.

  6. Mary Sanphilipo-Ward on June 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    The condolences of our entire family go to Marvin’s family. We are here in town and will join everyone at the funeral. RIP to my Uncle Marvin.
    Rest in Peace little brother from your sister Shirley.

  7. Andy Davis on June 6, 2012 at 2:36 am

    To my loving father, it was a honor and privilage to be ur son. You were an amazing man who tought me to be loving and caring to those around me. Im so thankful to God that I was blessed with a son last year so you could be a Grandpa. Thank you for taking me too so many baseball games over the years. U will always be in my heart and il make sure ur grandson knows how caring, loving and thoughtful u were. LOVE YOU DAD

  8. Joan Arthur on June 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    So sorry for you loss. I’m a friend of your neighbor Ruth’s and Marv spoke to our cirlcle. He was an inspiration in all he did. Know you miss him.

  9. Rusty Shadel on June 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my good friend Marvin, or Marvelous Marv, as I used to call him.

    The man could light up a room as well as peoples hearts.

    May God bless you all.

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