Marvin Eric McCallister

Marvin Eric McCallister, age 85, passed away on Sunday, September 16, following a bout of pneumonia. He had battled heart and lung diseases for many years.

Marvin was born June 22, 1933 in Sellersburg, Indiana to Lewis and Valteena McCallister. He and his twin sister were the youngest of nine children. Soon after his birth, the family traveled to Foley, Alabama where they purchased 40-acres of land and began homesteading. Marvin and his father and brothers were all very resourceful and masterful in carpentry and mechanics. They often invented and built their own tools and equipment.

He began work in the steel and auto industries in Detroit, Michigan right after high school. He was soon drafted for service in the Army during the Korean War and served eight years in Germany and Italy in Transportation Division. It was in Italy where he met and married his wife of 53 years, Giannina.

Following his military service, he worked many jobs, most notably for a paper mill, a shipyard, and an aircraft engine manufacturer in Mobile, Alabama. He was a very talented automobile mechanic as well. He and his wife relocated to Liberty, Texas upon retirement to be near their only child and her family.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Lewis Monroe McCallister and Valteena McMahel McCallister, wife Giannina Meneghello McCallister, brothers Austin, Felix, and Horace McCallister, and sisters Doris McCallister, Esther Shiver, Irma Robertson, and Nina Clark. He is survived by his twin Nellie Marie Faircloth, his daughter Alice Carroll, son-in-law Paul Carroll, grandchildren Jeremiah, Joshua, and Jessica Carroll, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at 10 am on Saturday, September 22 at Allison Funeral Services 1101 North Travis Liberty, Texas 77575 with the funeral service immediately following. Marvin will be buried beside his wife Giannina in the Catholic Cemetery of Liberty, Texas.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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