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.