Marvin Eugene Ferris departed this life on Friday, March 17, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
Known to most as “Bubby,” Marvin was born on June 23, 1949 in Cheverly, MD to the late Marvin Robert Ferris and Susie Anna Ferris. He was the seventh born of eight children.
Marvin was a sweet and compassionate person, honest with strong moral principles; a man full of body, mind, and integrity. He had a way with words. He was funny and could make you laugh until you cry. He would literally give you the shirt off his back if needed. Anyone who knew Marvin knew he was always willing to lend a helping hand; no task was too big or too small for him. If you needed him, he was there.
In his early years, he held various jobs, including the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. But in true Marvin fashion, he did not keep the job because he had to be clean shaven and did not find the job fulfilling enough as he liked to stay busy with his hands. For more than 30 years, he worked at Mackie laundry service, a good, comfortable, and secure job. He worked there even after Coinmach bought Mackie out. After Kathy recovered from her leg amputation, and was well enough to be on her own, Marvin took on a second job at Greg’s towing because he did not want his family to want for nothing – not to mention, he was fulfilling a big boy dream!
At one point, Marvin had the opportunity to be a WWF announcer, but declined the offer – despite his passionate love for wrestling – due to stage fright. Marvin fell in love with wrestling when WWF grew in popularity. In his free time, he watched any and all wrestling channels you could find, including WWE, NXT, AEW. It was very hard to figure out exactly who his favorite wrestler was, but a few that he couldn't stand were Bob Backland, Roman Reigns, Booker T, and Charlotte Flair. The few he did like included Bruno Sanmartino, The Undertaker, Andre The Giant, Rick Martell, The Ultimate Warrior, Ms. Elizabeth, Fabulous Moolah, and George the Animal simply because of how crazy he was. A true fanboy, you could always count on him to tune into every single pay-per-view event. Marvin also had an obsession for anything you could set on fire. He kept an infinite stash of fireworks for any occasion and loved to start a bonfire. He was not only fascinated with fire, but he also loved to bring people together. No party was a party without Bubby and his fireworks.
In 1981, Marvin started dating his loving wife, Kathryn. Together, they blended their families. Marvin brings Denise. Kathy brings Tina, Kathy, Robert, John and Danny; In 1983, they added Sheila, followed by Shannon in 1986. After years of being considered “boyfriend and girlfriend,” they decided to get married on October 24th, 2000. The pair became the cover of what true love looks like; very rarely were they without each other – so much so that when Kathryn was hospitalized for over a year, Marvin would make it a priority to go see her every single night.
Marvin and Kathryn’s relationship went on for over forty years, filled with everlasting memories, love, and joy until they became united once again for eternity. Marvin outlived Kathryn for exactly 1 year and 11 months all the while longing to be by her side again.
Marvin leaves behind his daughters, Tina Cummings (Chuck), Kathryn Miller (Brian), Denise Ferris Rowley (Armando), Sheila Montano (Fernando), Shannon Ortega (Antonio); his sons, Robert Deal (Glennis), John Deal (Lynn), Daniel Deal (Crisie); seven granddaughters, Lisa, Cheyenne, Kimmie, Jasmin, Gabriella, Jenna, Bella and seven grandsons, Chuckie, Boo, Ronnie, Justin, Johnny, Jason, Omar, Alex; one sister, Faith Maiteland Reyna; one brother, Melvin “Dougie” Ferris; two stepsisters, Sally Ann Cull and Dorris May Agusten; three stepbrothers, Robert “Sonny” Carl Poffenberger, Andrew “Jackie” Lawson, and Norman William Crown; countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Marvin also leaves behind his beloved dog, Jake, who would become his support dog to help him with the grief of losing Kathy by always keeping him on his toes and looking after him.
He will be deeply missed by all.
Thank you, Marvin, for being a loving Dad, husband, grandfather, friend, and neighbor. Your love of old country music, WWE, stubbornness, caring spirit, and being a complete pyromaniac will carry on through your children and grandchildren for many years to come.