The 10th of 13 children, Marvin Thomas Posey, Sr. was born August 9, 1942, to the union of Thursa ‘Sonny Boy’ Posey and Velma Ruth Frazier in Westfield, AL. Although four older sisters and four older brothers preceded him in death, he loved life and always willingly shared with others how blessed he was because of how good God was to him.
A 1960 graduate of Westfield High School, Marvin joined the Army and married his 9th grade sweetheart, Annie Laurie Hart on December 27, 1961. Over the next two years their daughter and son, Angela Rene’ and Marvin Jr. (known as Chico to family and friends) completed their young tight-knit family. As Marvin served and defended his country in the Vietnam War, Ann, Angie, and Chico kept the home fires burning in Clarksville by writing letters and sending cassette tapes to shower him with love and support. He was wounded in combat during his second tour of duty in Vietnam and convalesced a little over a year in the hospital at Ft. Campbell, KY. His career in the Army eventually led to his last duty station at Ft. Belvoir, VA where he retired on a medical disability at the rank of Capt. in 1975. Not one to deny or disappoint his wife and children, Marvin granted their wish and moved his family back to Clarksville. Marvin and Ann both loved the Lord, so one of the first things they did upon returning to Clarksville was to find a church where they could grow and serve. They joined St. John Missionary Baptist Church and loved singing together in the Willing Workers Choir.
Marvin kept busy after retirement. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University, was a Civil Servant at Ft. Campbell, retired again, briefly considered running for mayor, then completed his working career at the Planning Commission for the city of Clarksville. In 1979 he was initiated into the local graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Zeta Lambda.
Marvin and Ann believed in opening their hearts and home to others. They loved to entertain and enjoyed working with young people; encouraging them to strive to be the best they could be. This led them to be involved in the Austin Peay State University Governor’s Club supporting student athletes. This dynamic couple believed everyone should do their part to make the city of Clarksville a better place to live, so they became actively involved with the local NAACP, the Leadership Clarksville program, and other civic organizations over the years.
In 2003, Chico was unexpectedly called home to be with the Lord at the age of 38. Ann’s health began to decline, and Marvin granted one more wish; the two of them moved back to Alabama in 2004. Their love and devotion for each other knew no bounds as Marvin willingly and lovingly became Ann’s caregiver until she went home to be with the Lord on the morning of August 6, 2011. Their beautiful love affair as bride and groom, husband and wife, father and mother, lasted an incredible 49 years.
Marvin shared the last eight of his 78 years on earth with someone who truly cared for him and brought him happiness. Theatris Nicole David became his wife, providing him comfort and round-the-clock care until the Lord called him home to be with Ann and Chico on the afternoon of July 23, 2021.
To cherish his memory and continue his legacy of giving and serving the Lord are his siblings Velma Craig, Barnell Keener, Vera Rossin, and Levon Posey; his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Angela Posey-Jeffries, and Ricky Jeffries; grandson, Thomas Rivera Jeffries; granddaughter, Victoria Jeffries; great-grandson, Myles Nance; wife, Nicole, grandchildren, Solomon and Lillian; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marvin Posey, Jr. Scholarship Endowment, c/o Austin Peay State University Foundation, P.O. Box4417, Clarksville, TN 37044 or to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.