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Marvin Barnwell

Oct. 1, 1934—April 3, 2019

Marvin Glenn Barnwell, 84, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, April 3, 2019. He was born on Oct. 1, 1934, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Marvin enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 where he served four years working as a sheet metal technician.

Marvin met and married his ex-wife Margie (Carroll) Walker in 1959. They had 4 children in the Carolinas before moving to Washington state in 1968, where they welcomed their fifth child. Marvin moved his family to Kalama shortly after arriving in Washington state. He began a job at Pope and Talbott for a few months before he started working at Reynolds Aluminum in Longview, where he retired after thirty years in 1996.

Marvin was an avid fisherman and spent many years fishing on the banks of the Columbia and Kalama Rivers. He also enjoyed rock hounding, cutting and polishing rocks, jewelry making, and pickin’ on his banjo. Although Marvin had lived in Washington state for over 50 years, he never lost his southern drawl, nor his southern charm.

Marvin is survived by his five children, Perry Barnwell of Kalama, Greg (Lynnette) Barnwell of Kalama, Tim (Michelle) Barnwell of Kelso, Leasha (Dave) Edminster of Chehalis, and Derick (Kelsey) Barnwell of Bellingham; his eight grandchildren, Devin (Dean) Scallan of Nashville, TN, Nicole (Blake) Gunter of Longview, Taylor Barnwell, and Emily Barnwell of Longview, Megan and Hannah Barnwell of Kelso, Isaac Edminster of Newberg, OR, and Savannah Barnwell of Salem, OR; and one great grandson, Ryan LeDuc of Nashville.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Morris Barnwell; and his great-granddaughter, Gracie Camba.

A private, family gathering will be held. If you’d like to send a card to the family, please send to P.O. Box 342, Kalama, WA 98625.

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