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Marvin D. Winters

October 6, 1950 November 4, 2014
Marvin D. Winters
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In life there are many memorable events and on October 6, 1950, one such event occurred when God allowed Marvin D. Winters to begin his earthly journey as the 8th child of Frankie and Myrtle (Gilland) Winters. He would be joined by four more siblings to complete the family unit.
At age 18, Marvin quit school and began his new adventure working for R & B Trucking, driving trucks until the company closed. Marvin left Hardin County in 1998. He worked construction and other driving jobs until 2003, when he and Denise began to deliver campers cross country. In 2005, Marvin went to work for Caterpillar in Peoria, where he worked until his retirement in Jan. of 2014. In 2013, Marvin began the fight of his life with cancer, which in his typical manner, he fought to the end.
In hospitals across the country, newborn babies are greeted with Brahms’ Lullaby. On November 4, 2014 at 6:48 am, Marvin won his battle with cancer and, in his sleep; he quietly "graduated" to heaven.  I am sure he was greeted by the "Hallelujah Chorus" sung by those who were waiting for him, and he was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and God the Father. He was 64 years and 19 days of age at his graduation.
Marvin leaves to mourn his passing his loving, devoted wife of 26 years, Denise of Tremont, IL; son, Bradley Wade (Haley) Winters, and  Daughter, Kimberly Ann Garrett, both of Rosiclare, IL; two step sons, Robert Allen (Angie) Matthews of Marion, KY and Nickolas (Debbie) Matthews of Harrisburg, IL; mother-in-law, Dorothy Salsberry of Pekin, IL; two sisters, Betty Atkinson and Phyllis (Gary) Cowsert, both of Rosiclare; three brothers, Robert (Rose) Winters of the Rock Creek community, Harvey (Judy) Winters of rural Elizabethtown and Calvin Russell (Patricia) Winters of Elizabethtown, IL; four sisters-in-law, Rhonda Carr of Tremont, IL, Char. (Greg) Jansen, and  Debbie (Mark) Peterson, both of Pekin, IL,  Brenda Boist of Brighton, IL; 16 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 24 nieces and nephews, host of cousins, friends; one special friend and co-worker, "Frosty".
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frankie and Myrtle Winters, six siblings: Adrian Orval, Arvetta Irene, Donald Ray, Ronnie Joe, Melvin Mitchell and Gladys Mildred Winters; step son, John Gordon Matthews, Jr.; nephew, Russell Eugene Atkinson; two brothers-in-law, Harold Eugene Atkinson and James (Johnnie) Carr.
Marvin was known to many as "Hickory nut", and like his namesake, he was as scaley and tough as a Hickory nut on the outside, but inside he had a heart that was as tender as the softest petal of a rose. He was a dedicated Christian of the Baptist persuasion and never missed a chance to tell others about his Savior, and tell them how to have a personal relationship with Christ and know for sure they were heaven bound. Whether you came to his home or talked to him on the street, or on the phone, he always asked, “Do you know my savior?" Even in the ICU, he witnessed to the nurses, doctors and hospital chaplains.

 Some things to Remember:
When my life here has ended, and I no more you see
I'd like some things remembered when you think of me
Remember my big blue eyes and curls as white as snow
That God gave me when I came to live on this earth below
Remember the little house on the hill where we all learned to love
The mom, Dad and siblings There that we thought so much of.
Remember the little school where we went.
And the creek so clear and wide
The winter months of snow and ice and the warmth of coming inside. 
Remember the children that were mine and give them hugs for me.
Tell them stories of me and things that I have done and how that now I am free.
Remember to share each passing day-it could just be your last.
Look back with no regrets when your life is past
So remember me deep in your heart-that's where I'll always be
I love you all-more than you will ever know-signed-
Marvin D.

Visitation will be from 6-9 pm on Friday November 7, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Illinois. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday November 8, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Illinois. Rev. Ed Lafferty will conduct the service. Interment will follow at Adams Cemetery.

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