11/29/1939 to 05/29/2018
Marvis was born a Texan; and grew up as the quintessential “Dexter Boy”. He came to Dexter at a young age with his mother and father, Orenta and Roland, and his four siblings, Hugh, LaQuita, Lindell and Romelda. Roland was a farm hand, Orenta his supporter, and the children did their part to help. Eventually, Roland acquired his own farm that is now owned by the Pirtle family on Poe Street in Roswell, NM.
He graduated from Dexter High School in 1959 and married Barbara Sue Knight in 1963 at First Baptist Church in Dexter. Marvis and Barbara were married 55 years, 3 months and 8 days. Their only daughter, Alesta Sue Frazier was born in 1968 in Farmington, NM, and they returned to Dexter later that year where they have lived ever since.
Marvis was the local “propane man” for many years with Frazier Oil and Gas, and he especially enjoyed the social aspect of his business with the local ranchers and farmers. After retiring from his gas business, Marvis joined Barbara with B&M Transportation and Dexter Consolidated Schools. This business again fulfilled his passion for connecting with people in the community and sharing “wisdom” and “knowledge” with all the sweet kids he had the pleasure of delivering to and from school.
Mr. Frazier not only worked in Dexter but he was an avid supporter and community member who always loved being in the mix, doing his part to contribute however he could. As a member of the Dexter Yacht Club, the Milkmen Triathlon, the New Mexico Tractor Pulling Association, supporter of the Dexter FFA Club, and the guy who always looked out for anyone who needed a hand, Marvis stayed busy helping others and talking to anyone who would listen. His steel trap memory served him well when it came to the art of conversation.
Marvis was also a great mechanic, a “Mr. fix it” and car enthusiast. He spent many days during the last years of his life at ENMU-R auto mechanics department as a “student” working on his project cars with assistance from the students and instructors who became his close friends. He also enjoyed flying, smoking BBQ and sharing it with friends. He loved to find fun ways to entertain his three precious granddaughters when they would visit. Marvis was also very proud of his time spent with the National Guard in New Mexico.
Marvis is survived by his loving wife Barbara; daughter Alesta Purvis and Bill; grandson Casey Purvis and Amanda; granddaughters Hunter Brooke Purvis, Paige Lauren Purvis, and Holly Sue Purvis; several nieces and nephews who are dear to his heart. Pallbearers honored to carry Mr. Frazier are John Berry, David White, James Freeland, Steven Foster, Larry Richardson, Michael Berry, Cliff Wagner and Juan Ramos.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and will always be remembered for his strength, determination and loving character. Thanks to the many close friends who have loved and supported him and his family in countless ways, especially in the last few difficult months. With many hours of visits, delicious food, airplane trips and whatever else was needed. The family is forever grateful to all the special people of Dexter who have been so loving and gracious with their time and resources to help get him through.
A visitation will be held at Ballard Funeral Home on Sunday June 03, 2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Funeral services will be Monday June 04, 2018 at 1:00pm with Brother Richard Smith officiating at Grace Community Church with interment to follow at South Park Cemetery.
I grew up in Dexter and Marvis and I went through school together until my family moved after my junior year. I do not remember who initially bought my Dad's business, Henry Gas Co., which included the propane business. But eventually Marvis bought it and it became Frasier Oil and Gas. I remember Marvis from school as being a kid who was always kind and accepting of everyone, and I counted him as one of my very good friends. When I would return to Dexter for reunions Marvis and I would have a fun conversation about shared memories, and I always perceived him to be the same kind, accepting guy I had known him to be. Obviously Marvis lived an exemplary life and my life as a young person was enhanced by knowing him. My warmest thought and condolences to Barbara and all of the family.
Ron HenrySilver City, NM
We have so many great memories with Mr. Frazier, saving our dog after a Porcupine got the better of him, burying the one who wasn't as fortunate, picking up put trio early so they could ride his bus after we moved back from overseas! Getting suckers on Fridays, Spending quality time with our son Cody and helping instill the work ethic he has! He remembers every moment they spent together! We love you and will forever be grateful for the time we had! The Flores family!
Cindi FloresHagerman, NM
I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Shauna & Troey DaffernRoswell, NM
Uncle Marvis was the cool uncle, the inventor, the adventurer and the historian. I will miss his steadfast love and support. He was truly one -of- a- kind.
Tammy DavisArtesia, NM
Barbara and Family...My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Marvis was always a great example of what a friend should be! Dexter, Hagerman and the entire Pecos Valley has lost "One of the Best". Love, Debby Hargrove Huckabee
Deborah HuckabeeCincinnati, OH
I am very sorry for y'alls loss.. I know this is a difficult time, and even though uncle Marvis is in a better place and not suffering it is hard. My prayers are with y'all.
Pamela OnealDexter, NM
Marvis will be greatly missed. The picture on this page has the wonderful smile which we will always remember of him. He was a special man who loved his family and friends and would be there for you if you needed him. This is a great legacy of a life well lived. Rest in peace and God bless you, Marvis.
Linda and Red McLellanLos Alamos, NM
Marvis was such a wonderful person. He never failed to meet me with a smile and a friendly hello. He worked hard for his family and for the community. He will be missed by all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Barbara, Alesta and your family. You are loved, Lisa Reinecke-Hristov
Lisa ReineckeRoswell, NM
Marvis was the best uncle ever. I know he’s in a better place, but I sure will miss him.
Sherry MumfordRoswell, NM