Marvin Wesley Terry
Marvin Wesley Terry
  • August 20, 1922 - January 24, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Marvin Wesley Terry, age 94, passed away on January 24, 2017 at Canterfield Assisted Living Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee after a long illness.

Marvin moved to Oak Ridge in 2015 from Tampa, Florida to be near his son, Jim Terry. He had been a resident of Tampa for his entire life before moving to Oak Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 32 years, Golda Mintz Terry and by his second wife of 31 years, Mildred “Tiddle” Keatley Terry. He was also preceded in death by Dusty Alderman, his grandson.

Marvin was born on August 20, 1922 in Tampa to William Grady Terry and Leilah Butler Terry. He served in the Navy in WWII in Iceland and North Africa and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was honorably discharged and returned to Tampa where he enjoyed working for Seaboard System Railroad for 39 years, retiring as a locomotive engineer. Marvin made many friends while working at the railroad and, after moving to Oak Ridge, enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences with the railroad enthusiasts at Canterfield.

He was a long-time, very active member of Seminole Heights Baptist Church in Tampa where he was a Deacon from 1966 until 2010. From 1993 until 1994, he was Chairman of the Deacons, and in 2010 he was named Deacon Emeritus. For many years, Marvin took great pleasure in teaching Sunday school to adult classes and in hosting social functions for his students at his home with Tiddle, his wife.

Marvin found joy in fishing in Florida and West Virginia. He and Tiddle very much enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the home they had built on Eureka Springs Road in Tampa on the Terry home place. Traveling extensively and hosting many out-of-town guests for visits at their home were favorite activities. They delighted in spending time with their children and grandchildren. Marvin particularly enjoyed the many visits he made to Disney World, Busch Gardens, and the beach with his grandchildren.

Marvin is survived by his sons Jim Terry and wife Libby of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Doug Alderman of Clearwater, Florida, Wayne Alderman and wife Cathie of Lutz, Florida, Gary Alderman and wife Beverly of Brandon, Florida; grandchildren James Hamilton of Nashville, Tennessee, Helen Terry and husband Diego Garrido-Mendoza of Portland, Oregon, Will Terry of Golden, Colorado, Randy Alderman and wife Jennifer of Palmetto, Florida, Ryan Alderman and wife Elisa of Tampa, Florida, Rodalee Sumner of Tampa, Meghan Sumner of Tampa; and great grandson Jayden Alderman of Tampa.

Before moving to Oak Ridge, Marvin was assisted in Tampa by Linda Terry, Joannie Hill, Dan Hill, and Brenda Terry. The family thanks these caring friends. The family also thanks the management and staff at Canterfield of Oak Ridge for the assistance and loving care they provided. The friends Marvin made at Canterfield are remembered fondly by the family.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 4th between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Tampa with the funeral at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Garden of Memories. A graveside service will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Reverend Brant Adams, pastor at Seminole Heights Baptist Church in Tampa, will officiate.

Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge is assisting Garden of Memories Funeral Home in Tampa with arrangements. Online messages may be left for the family at or

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Seminole Heights Baptist Church at 801 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.