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Mr. Marvin Lee Cameron, Sr., 102, Rockingham, NC passed on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 171 Graham Bridge Road, Rockingham, NC 28379. Public Viewing, Friday, December 29, 2023, 1:00 pm until 5:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home, 1021 E. Washington Street Rockingham, NC, 28379. The family will receive friends and visitors at 833 Ledbetter Road, Rockingham, NC 28379. Nelson Funeral Service is serving the family.
The Celebration of Life
“…The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong…but to he that endures to the end...” Ecclesiastes 9:11-12
Marvin Lee Cameron, Sr., the son of the late Elisha Manse Cameron and the late Willie Watkins Cameron, was born on October 3,1921 in Rockingham, NC. Marvin was a centenarian who faithfully served his family, his church, and his community. He was favored to live 102 years before slipping away to his final rest on December 20, 2023.
At a very early age Marvin took up the mantle of provider. After his father’s death, Marvin made sacrifices and began working to help support his mother and siblings. As a young man, Marvin learned the carpentry trade. The carpentry skills he learned would be utilized to also support a growing family of his own once finding and marrying the love of his life. In 1945, Marvin married and enjoyed fifty plus years of marriage with his friend and wife Minnie Louise Cameron. To this union was born one daughter and five sons. During their time together Marvin cared deeply and dearly for his wife who he affectionately called “Minnie Lou”. Although his dear Minnie Lou became ill in 1984, her illness never hindered his devotion to his wife. “In sickness and in health…,” Marvin took exceptional care of Minnie Lou until she took her last breath in 1996.
As a young man Marvin found salvation in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Once Marvin gave his life to the Lord there was no turning back for him. Marvin was on fire for the Lord and began serving as a deacon at the “old church” on Church Street, Temple Church of God In Christ. Marvin was known as that praying deacon during Tuesday and Friday night services he could often be heard singing ole’ hymns like I need thee and Yes Lord before breaking into a soul stirring prayer. Marvin later became head deacon at the Temple C.O.G.I.C. where he was a dedicated servant. “Deac,” as he was often called, willingly assisted the senior mothers and senior deacons in the church, often using his own transportation to take them to and from church when there was no church bus or van. As a master carpenter, Deac was often called upon to complete tasks for and around the church. Whatever the task, he was there to do it and did so faithfully. When the Lord gave the late, great Superintendent James H. Turner the vision to build a new edifice, Deacon Cameron caught hold to the vision and helped to build a new edifice that is the Temple C.O.G.I.C. on Stewart Street. As the church continued to grow and evolve, Deac would also later help finish an additional renovation to the Temple under Superintendent Thomas C. Leak. Throughout his lifetime, Deacon Cameron received several recognitions and awards for his many years of loyal service to the church.
Entrepreneurship was yet another skill in which Marvin succeeded. Marvin was a successful owner and proprietor of a busy carpentry business as well as owner and landlord of several rental properties in Rockingham. Over the years he perfected his craft and was well known throughout Richmond County for his carpentry skills. Marvin took pride in his work, ensuring that his customers were satisfied and left with a finished project that they could admire. His work was often sought after by many in the Richmond County area. As his carpentry business grew, Marvin would later pass down his vast knowledge of carpentry to his sons. Marvin left a legacy of work from his own hands as well as through the work of his sons that is still ever present today.
Marvin was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and cousin. Marvin was proceeded in death by his wife Minnie Louise Cameron, 3 siblings, sisters, Maeomia Ledbetter and Maoma Douglass, brother, William “Bill” Cameron, his son, Walter Frank Cameron, two grandchildren Shamel “Smokey” Cameron, and Michael McDonald.
Marvin leaves to cherish his memories, five children, Marvin Cameron, Jr., Elisha Cameron, Mae Catherine McSween (Randolph), Cleo Cameron, David Cameron, daughter-in-love, Hannah Cameron, sister, Gracie Terry, a spiritual son who he mentored, Vernon Ratliff (Valeria), 10-grandchildren, 12-great grandchildren, 12-great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and