Mr. Marvin Luther Shows


On February 17, 2024, Marvin Luther Shows, the patriarch of our family entered into eternal rest after a job well done here on earth. Marvin was born August 31, 1937 in Mississippi to Wilber and Martha Lee.

At the age of 17 Marvin enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. After honorably serving his country Marvin moved to Columbus, Ohio and began a long career as a laborer with Capital Drywall and would retire from South Texas Drywall. After retiring Marvin was not one to sit still so he began delivering for Meals on Wheels.

Marvin was a true family man. Affectionately known to everyone as “Grandpa” or “Paw Paw”. He would start every morning having a cup of coffee and conversing with his wife Joyce, then he would make his morning calls to check in on his kids. He loved bonding with his children over lottery scratch-offs, crossword puzzles and his tablet. Marvin loved to go to the lake with his family to fish and he loved to watch westerns. He loved to cook and when he cooked he did it BIG! He would have everyone begging for the recipe for his perfect collard greens.

Marvin was a devoted deacon. He spent many years leading devotion at God’s House of Deliverance under the leadership of Bishop David McDonald. Later he would lead devotion at Paradise Baptist Church as the head deacon. He truly loved The Lord. Everyone that worshipped with him knew when he had the mic they were going to be singing “Give me that Old Time Religion.”

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents; Sisters, Odell, Elizabeth S., Minnie, Elizabeth K.; brothers, Frank and Curtis; daughter, Nicole.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, helpmeet and best friend of 44 years, Joyce Shows; Children, Deborah, Roline, Noel, Teresa (Marlin), John (Quatessia), Jermaine (Wakesha), Marquetta (Ryan), adopted daughter Jasmine, Bonus Son Maurice; siblings, Rufus, Margeurite (Charles) of Mississippi and Carolyn of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Lakisha (Dell), Marvin, Temeka (Dytanion), John, Antiono, Michael, Maurice, Marshawn, Cheron (Caprina), Antoine, Fredrina, Tyresha, Kevin, Tiziana, Marquez, Marqaevion, Jermaine Jr., London, Lisa; 54 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marvin will be truly missed, never forgotten and always loved by everyone that knew him.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Interment at Evergreen Burial Park. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Shows Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. Delshawn Christian

    My condolences to my wife Kisha & the entire Show’s family. Praying for God’s comfort in the process of grieving the great loss of a father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather & uncle. As God receives Grandpa Shows with open arms, may he rest in heavenly peace. He will be missed everyday.

  2. Hello family, I extend my deepest condolences to all of you. I pray for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Family is important and please know that Mr. Marvin will always be in your heart.

  3. Prayers for strength and peace during this time we will continue to pray for you and your family. Love always Richard and Deeanna Lewis

  4. My condolences to my fiance Marvin and the show’s family please Lord keep your hands on them show them it will be okay help them to know that grandpa is in a better place and he’s not in no more pain thank you Lord for everything that you do wrap your hands around them amen

  5. Marvin l will always miss u and Love u Rest in Heaven Love ur wife Joyce Shows

  6. you will definitely be missed praying for the shows family

  7. May God’s peace bring you solace and comfort in your time of grief. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our deepest condolences,
    The Line, Woods, and Mack Families

  8. My prayers are for you and your family as you courageously go through this storm. May the Peace of God which passes all understanding rest in your hearts, minds, and spirits. And may the Love of God surround you and lift you above this circumstance and carry you into a marvelous future. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.

  9. My condolences to my good friend. I understand this loss more than I can express. I am sending love, hugs and prayers to Kisha and the Family. I love you all.

  10. Christina and Michael Wofford and Family

    So Sorry For Your Loss, My Prayers and Condolences going Out To All The Family members and Close Friends, Gone but Never Forgotten, May he Rest In Paradise!!!

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