Name: Charles Marvin Smith Born: February 20, 1965 Passed to Glory: March 12, 2009 Age: 44 Location: Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, WA Country: America Mother: Miriam Banks Father: Linwood (Sonny) Smith Dad: Eric Banks Siblings: Stephanie, Erica, Felicia, Anthony and Ashley Occupation: Chef Burial Place: Not Specified
Charles Marvin Smith
Charles Marvin Smith: February 20, 1965 – March 12, 2009
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:4
Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in GOD, believe in Jesus. John 14:1
Acknowledge that the LORD, He is GOD! It is He who mad us, and we belong to Him; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name! For the LORD is good; His loving kindness shall continue forever, His faithfulness throughout all generations.
Marvin (known by his middle name) was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the only son of Linwood Smith and Miriam Smith. At Marvin’s eleventh year of life, he was introduced to Eric Banks who did not take the place of his father, but became his dad and has been by his side with his mother Miriam Banks until Marvin’s glory.
In late 1979, when Marvin was 14 years of age, he moved to northern California, in the San Francisco area, with his family to start a new school and endure in a different and new type of life. This was the life of a military family. He ventured throughout his remaining years of school mastering various cooking techniques and acquiring new talents, such as disc jockeying (DJ). He also loved to go fishing, but he had one dilemma, every time his fishing line got tangled he would want a new fishing pole instead of just detangling it. From this experience, he learned quickly that material things did not have great meaning because they could always be replaced when necessary. This would be the first brick in the building blocks of his life as man who is giving to others and who respects the value of life. He loved with his heart and mind.
At the age of 19, Marvin again moved with his family to the San Diego area of southern California. Marvin learned to cook at an early age and was very good at it, he would sometimes cook breakfast for the family and the food would be enjoyed by all. We would always wonder how he acquired such a developed skill without any formal training. He soon started cooking for restaurants and bringing new dishes home for us to try. These also were great, so we started discussing with him the possibility of him going to culinary school in order to develop this God given talent. Marvin had one particular appetizer that everyone seemed to love, his favorite choice to make… guacamole. Anyone who has ever tasted his guacamole, to this day, would agree that they have never tasted any better.
Along with his cooking, Marvin started getting involved and became very active in playing albums as a DJ. He would play for area DJ companies and many people would attend his sessions. They thought they were just having a night out at the dance club, but in fact, they were there to listen to the record scratchin’ styles of the one and only DJ MARV as he rocked the house. Marvin’s dual talents created a dilemma in his decision process of going on with his music career or going to a culinary school. We gave him time to figure it out, but unexpected events occurred which would change Marvin’s future forever. As we all know, time waits for no one and so time moved on. He continued to cook and DJ at times, but his desire still remained with being a chef.
In 1997 Marvin relocated to North Carolina to be close to one of his sister Stephanie. While there, he was able to reconnect with his nieces and nephews, all of whom he had missed greatly. Marvin loved a life filled with children and made it his mission to bring them happiness and to build them up by making them feel like they were the most important person in the world. He only stayed a short while in NC. He moved to Olympia, Washington, were he resided until his glory. This is where he met and fell in love with Janet. Together they created one child whom they named Keyonna Lavery Smith who lives as a beautiful reminder of his legacy.
Marvin Charles Smith had a widely varied and interesting life leaving with us, as a gift, the memories of his kindness towards family and friends. The child in his wake was born of love and into love. His love of life and the amount of love he shared throughout his life cannot be compared to anyone. He never stopped to think of himself because he was too busy thinking of you.
As a life ending and beginning in glory, he is survived by: his Mother, Miriam of CA; Father, Linwood of NJ; Dad, Eric of CA; Daughter: Keyonna of WA; Brother/Nephew, Dana (Anthony) of CA; Sisters, Stephanie of NC, Erica, Felicia, Ashley of CA and numerous Uncles, Aunts, Nephews, Nieces, and Cousins throughout various areas of America as well as a host of other relatives and friends.