Marvin David Pepper found peace and went home to be with the Lord on April 30th 2021 after a long and courageous fight with cancer. He passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.
Marvin was born on May 19,1950 in Canton, MS to William Elisha Pepper and Audrey Billingslea Pepper. Marvin has one brother, Fred Brockton Pepper of Benton, MS. Marvin was preceded in death by his loving sister, Helen Elizabeth (Bettye) Pepper of Dallas, Texas. The Pepper family moved to Benton, MS where he attended Benton High School and was very active in sports and other organizations. He was captain of the football team, President of the B Club, and most valuable player more than once. He was elected Friendliest Boy, Most Courteous, and Mr Benton High School. Marvin was considered by all who knew him to be loyal, fun loving and tender hearted. After high school he attended Holmes Jr. College and played football. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors degree in Architectural Engineering. Marvin started his own construction company with his friend Roger Richardson and was a successful custom home builder for over 40 years.
Marvin met the love of his life, Peggy Bingham Pepper of Madison, MS and knew he wanted to marry Peggy after one date! They were married 8 months later in the Chapel of MUMC and were married for 39 years.
Marvin’s greatest passions in life were teaching his two boys, Clayton and Brad, about life and to always be a gentleman. He taught them about hunting, fishing, and how to appreciate nature. His favorite hobby was looking for Native American artifacts and was a member of Central States Archeological Society.
Marvin is survived by his devoted wife, Peggy Bingham Pepper of Madison, two sons, Clayton Howell Pepper of Madison, MS and William Bradley Pepper and wife Brielle Toney Pepper of Flora, MS. Brad and Brielle are expecting the first grandchild, a boy, in July and Marvin was hoping to hold his first grandchild before his death.
Marvin’s celebration of life will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 6 at the Madison United Methodist Church in Madison and proceed to the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery for his graveside service and burial.
Pallbearers are Glen Arnold, Gary Brown, Terry Malone, Bamy Owen, Danny Patton, Ralph Pepper, and Max Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi and the American Cancer Society.
The Pepper family would like to extend their love and gratitude to Dr. Lana Jackson, Dr. Anne Kane, and Dr. Darryl Hamilton of the University Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Also staff in Oncology at UAB, and specifically to Dr. J. W. Snider of UAB Radiological Oncology in Birmingham, AL
The family also would like to thank Heart of Hospice for being so kind and understanding to our precious Marvin, also the many friends and family who have prayed daily and sent kind messages of encouragement to Marvin, Peggy, and their boys.