Marvin “Sherby” Owens, Sr.

August 28, 1961 ‒ July 18, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Marvin “Sherby” Owens, Sr., age 58 of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

Sherby was born August 28, 1961 in Chattanooga, TN, the son of Preston Lee and Janell Jessie (Terry) Owens. After graduation from high school Sherby was recruited to play football but answered the call to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army.

On May 14, 2005, he was united in marriage to Letitia A. Troutman and recently celebrated 15 years of marriage.

Sherby will be remembered as a star football player in his younger years. He loved all sports and coached and mentored many young men over the years. He made sure to teach them that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Chess was another game that Sherby enjoyed playing. He was a people person and loved being around others. He was born with a servant’s heart helped everyone he could. His three sons were his pride and joy and his grandchildren filled him with joy. Sherby was a man of deep faith and member of Mayes Community Temple Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Letitia A. Owens; sons: Atlantis Troutman, Tommy Lee Owens and Marvin Owens, Jr.; grandchildren: Dashiya Braddy, Bentla Owens, Tomias Owens, Tyon Owens, Aaliyah Gerdes and Anaya Troutman is on the way; siblings: Glenn (Virginia) Terry and Willie Owens; sister-in-law, Constance Terry and a host of nieces and nephews.

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Preston Terry and Tommy Lee Owens.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 10AM to 12Noon; Funeral service will immedietly follow with Rev. Shawn Jackson officiating.

If so desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

The Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the Owens family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • I’m very sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies go out to all of his family and friends.

    I first remember meeting Sherbie around age 12 during baseball at Lincoln Park. I was pitching against him and he hit a home run from Lewis Field all the way to White Hall, probably 300+ feet. I had never seen anyone hit a ball that far, let alone at age 12. We continued to play against one another in baseball, track, basketball and football. As freshman, I was glad that he became a teammate. Through those years, we developed a good friendship. I played offensive line at Harding as a center, he always expressed his gratitude to me and my peers on the offensive line for our help in his journey to becoming All-State and surpassing 1,000 yards. We spent quite a bit of time at our class reunion last fall reliving our glory days. He was a hero to me, a gifted athlete like no other, yet, humble, appreciative and a true caring human being.

    We are all so blessed to have him in our lives. God Bless!

  • I had the privilege of coaching Sherby in football as an eighth and ninth grader. I also coached him in basketball and track as an eighth grader. He was as fine an athlete as I’ve ever coached. Even though he had great ability he was a better human being. Sherby was a leader. He taught me so much about coaching. He was truly a fine young man. My prayer to a his family members during this time of great loss.

  • Not sure how to deal with this loss….. I moved to Marion in October of our 8th grade year, Sherby was at TAFT…. I was at BAKER…. We all came together our freshman year and had a PHENOMINAL football team. Shelby was in “FACES IN THE CROWD” in an issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for hitting 1,000 yards (in 7 games)….. Loved to watch him run the football!!!!….. We played together in football all 4 years and Sherby struck fear in opposing defenses because he would just run over, around and past their defences.
    I got to see him during our 40th class reunion and like many of our other football brothers, we talked with great fondness of our days on the gridiron!!….. We had some great laughs during the reunion and I am so very glad that I got to see him.
    My condolences to the family and friends

    Keep running’ the ball my brother!!!…… RIP SHERB

  • He was a stand-out person in high school, and in life. My deepest condolences to his entire family. He will be missed by many. Rest in Peace, Sherby.

  • He was a fellow Taft student with me during the mid 1970’s. I always thought he was friendly and had a positive outlook on things. He left an impression on me that I have remembered his name 45 years later and this coming from before his football career.

  • So sorry for your loss he was a very nice guy he will always call me lorlene to god be the gorly he will be missed praying for his wife and family.

  • So sorry for your loss I’d only known Sherb for the last few years. He was a very friendly kind soul Loved his family especially his grand children He will be missed

  • Sorry for your loss . I’ve only known sherb for 5 years in those years I’ve seen a wonderful father a great husband and one of the most amazing paw paws I have the upmost respect for sherb for being there for the 3 boys .thete wasent nothing sherb would not do for those kids always spending time with them . Tyon always sayed my paw paw is the best hes the strongest man in the world when I grow up I’m going to be big and have muscles like paw paw sherb .
    . You will be missed . RIP tonya hickman

  • We’re so sorry for your loss, you have are deepest sympathy, and are prayers go for the family and friends. Sherbie was always smiling. So family keep smiling and look up for there is a new horizon. May God bless you and keep you forever in His arms.

  • Our condolences to the Troutman and Owens family. May God heal your pain and sorrow. As my mother always say, “This is not our home, we’re just passing thru” You will see him again one day.

  • Sorry for your lost Anthony an I knew sherby for a very long time he was funny laughing help u out when he’s gonna be sadly miss prayers for all the family Kathy&Anthony Blevins

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