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In Memory of

Marvin Wayne Dennard

September 20, 1951 - July 24, 2017

Obituary


Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 20, 1951, Marvin W. Dennard was the second child of John W. and Margaret Dennard. He had two siblings, Ruby Turner, who predeceased Marvin, and Patricia Perkins. Upon completing his secondary education, Marvin joined the United States Army, where he served as tele-installer and lineman and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Marvin gave Yeoman Service to his country while stationed in Germany, and after four years of service was granted honorable discharge in 1975, with National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals.
Following his military service, Marvin became...

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 20, 1951, Marvin W. Dennard was the second child of John W. and Margaret Dennard. He had two siblings, Ruby Turner, who predeceased Marvin, and Patricia Perkins. Upon completing his secondary education, Marvin joined the United States Army, where he served as tele-installer and lineman and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Marvin gave Yeoman Service to his country while stationed in Germany, and after four years of service was granted honorable discharge in 1975, with National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals.
Following his military service, Marvin became an entrepreneur and successfully operated a cleaning franchise under Jani-King until 1996 when he retired. A solider ablaze with passion for God, Marvin became involved in full time Christian ministry, while simultaneously pursuing doctoral degrees at Zoe University in Jacksonville, Florida. Through his pursuit of excellence and the wealth of knowledge and wisdom given to him by God almighty, he graduated with two doctorate degrees, one in Ministry (1987) and another in Christian Counseling (2003). Marvin also authored two books; one entitled James on Faith and Christward.
It was at Zoe University where Marvin met Ellamae Johnson, the Dean of Students. Marvin and Ellamae joined as ministry partners feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, and counseling young and old throughout Jacksonville. The bond between them grew so strong that in August 2003 they became husband and wife and remained together until his death.
Aside from God and Ellamae, Marvin had a great love for his dogs Max, Cheech, Cindy, Wee Wee, and Doodah. His favorite outdoor activities were camping and hunting; he spent much of his time in the woods of Florida and Georgia. During the past fourteen years, Marvin devoted his life to laboring for the Lord. He was engaged in prayer ministry, Sunday School teaching, benevolence ministry, Christian counseling, and whenever the opportunity presented itself, he rendered his service to prison ministry and visitation to the sick and elderly.
At the end of May this year, Marvin was diagnosed with cancer, yet he fought like a brave solider, still spreading the gospel despite the illness. On July 24, 2017, Marvin peacefully left this world and entered eternity. He is survived by his wife Ellamae; his sister Patricia Perkins (Dennis); stepson Viko Johnson (Gail); three grandchildren Vika, Malik, and Mia; two nephews Shawn Perkins and Ryan Perkins (Jennifer); one niece Julie Bourgeois (Bill); two grand nephews Alex and Nick Bourgeois; three grand nieces Mindy and Chelsea Turner and Hanna Bourgeois; three sisters in law Gladys Dames (Cody), Hilda Douglas, and Terez Curry (Joseph); four brothers in law Ronald Johnson (Linda), Arlington Johnson, Levi Johnson (Cherral), and Carlan Johnson (Patricia); and numerous other relatives and friends including Elizabeth Brewer, Tom, Billy and Brenda Howard, Allen and Connie Dugan, the Johnson Family (Bahamas and the United States), Jacksonville V.A. Support Group, and the entire Westside Family Worship Center. May he rest in peace.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Westside Family Worship Center, 9717 103rd Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32210. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL PARK AND FUNERAL HOME, 7242 Normandy Boulevard, is serving the family.