Marvin Stinnett, 82, a lifelong resident of Old Fort, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1930, to Stella Mae Cavett Stinnett and Alfred Henry Stinnett.
The oldest of seven children, he went to work at an early age to help support the family.
He was a hard working carpenter for many years and built several homes and commercial buildings in the area.
He served as a member of the board of directors for Volunteer Energy Cooperative for 23 years. He was a faithful member and ordained deacon of Blue Ridge Temple Baptist Church in Old Fort. He was a Gideon for over 40 years, a member of the Benton Lion’s Club, and also served as a past president of the Old Fort Community Club.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evelyn Liner Stinnett; son, Mike (Kim) Stinnett; daughter Ann (Ronnie) German, both of Old Fort. “Papaw” was a loving grandfather to Drew German, Hollie German, Laura (Eddie) German Swallows, and Marshall and Mathew Stinnett. He was loved like a grandfather by Rosy and Wilson Harpe.
Other survivors include sisters: Leota (Billy) Rice and Lucille (Rev. W.L.) Shipman; brothers: Paul Stinnett and Jerry (Clara) Stinnett, all of Cleveland; Billy (Drucilla) Stinnett and A.J. (Shirlyn) Stinnett both of Benton; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Revs. Charles Campbell, W.L. Shipman and Leroy Elliott officiating.
Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
His family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m. today and Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family expressed appreciation to the staff of SkyRidge Medical Center, Guardian Home Health and Hospice of Chattanooga for their care and kindness.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gideons, PO Box 151, Ocoee, TN 37361.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Stinnett family guestbook at www.higginsfuneral.com.