Marvin R. ‘Todd’ Deford


Marvin R. “Todd” Deford, 80, passed away on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.

He was born on May 5, 1942, to the late Maynard and Lillie Deford.

He was a lifelong farmer and could always be found in the hayfield. He enjoyed working in the garden and providing crops for his family and friends. He worked for many years in the building material industry.

Todd was a very caring and generous person, always eager to help anyone needing anything. He was also an avid dog lover who loved his pets dearly. He was loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Cross (Avery); son, Jeff Deford; and beloved dog, Butch.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Deford; children, Sherry Williamson Yow (John) and Todd Deford (Shawna); grandchildren, Christena Mariedth, Hannah Williamson (Jonathan Barbee), Jonathan Williamson (Savannah) and Ashley Gentry; and great-grandchildren, Cami Marideth, Meelah Mariedth, Jaiden Williamson and Isaac Barbee.

Todd’s family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home.

He will be laid to rest following visitation at Liberty Gospel Tabernacle Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ark of Cleveland, 240 Oak St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Todd or your condolences with his family at his online memorial at



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