He was born May 4, 1937, in Miller City, Ill., son of Otis and Frieda Willis Dowdy.
Marvin was a retired entrepreneur. He owned and operated motels in Olive Branch, Ill., and Brownsville, Texas, and was formerly a welder. He was a literary connoisseur and always enjoyed a good laugh.
He is survived by a daughter, Teresa McKee of Austin, Texas; two sons, Terry Dowdy of Tamms, Ill., John Dowdy of Texas; a stepson, Nick Bigham of Chaffee, Mo.; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two stepgrandchildren; two former wives, Jane Dowdy and Cuba Payne; two sisters, Colleen Shaw of Jerseyville, Ill., and Janis Stevens of Katy, Texas; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Marvin Michael Dowdy, who passed away Oct. 31, 1960; five brothers, Dean, Keith, Norman, Larry and Lloyd Dowdy; and a sister, Donna McKee.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Earnest Brown officiating. Interment will be in Olive Branch Cemetery.