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1952 James 2020

James Steven Marvel

December 20, 1952 — July 1, 2020

James Steven Marvel born December 20, 1952, in Tulsa, OK to Winston and Laverne Marvel

He was one of three children, an older sister, Marilyn and younger brother, Russell.

He went to grade school in Tulsa and then the family moved to their lake house in Wagoner, OK and he graduated from Wagoner High School and attended Oklahoma State University in Marketing for four years.

Steve was a salesman for Lanier Business Products and won a trip to Kauai Hawaii. He married Crystal Orr on March 24, 1979, and they enjoyed their company trip to Kauai for their honeymoon. They lived in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and adopted 9 week old Justin in December 1985 and 17 month old Shawna in June 1992.

1n 1983 Steve took a job with Redshaw, a consulting firm for independent insurance agencies. He continued his success in sales and traveled over the middle and Eastern United States winning more company trips to Hawaii, Saint Thomas, several cruises to the eastern and western Carribean, Las Vegas, San Francisco, etc. During the summer months he was active in his sons baseball games and his daughter's singing and clogging competitions.

Steve and Crystal traveled with her mother, who founded Alpha Omega Ministries, to Trinidad, Guyana and Barbados ministering the gospel. They helped build Agape Love Center in Trinidad and helped raise money to buy a bus to shuttle the people to church during the rainy season. At home they were active at Church on the Move for many years. Later they joined Flame International Church and Steve was their praise and worship drummer.

Steve enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, skydiving, playing drums, and riding his motorcycle. Steve was an active member at AA sharing his sobriety experience with everyone he knew to encourage them to experience the same sober lifestyle and all the joy it brought to his life and family. Steve always tried to make others feel good no matter how bad of a day he may have had. He was a charasmatic, loving individual with a great sense of humor who loved God, his family and life. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Steve is survived by his wife Crystal Marvel; son Justin Marvel and his fiance Rayane Souza; daughter Shawna Pearson and her husband Chad Pearson; granddaughters Rylee Marvel and Kayleigh Pearson; brother Russell Marvel and his wife Lynda Marvel; nephew Richard Riffe; niece Jeannie Hoarau and their families.

Steve is preceded in death by his father Winston Marvel, his mother Laverne Marvel, and his sister Marilyn Riffe.

We will carry on his legacy praising God, spreading love, kindness, encouraging and lifting people up.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 10, 2020

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Abiding Harvest United Methodist Church

4407 South Olive Avenue, Broken Arrow, OK 74011

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