Marvin Bright

Marvin Lee Bright

Tuesday, September 1st, 1959 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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Marvin Lee Bright, 61, of Newtown Road, known to family and friends as “Boogie Down” was called to his eternal heavenly home on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Marvin was born to the late Willie M. “Buddy” Bright and to Mahalie V. Spruill Mullen.

Marvin was a member of Christian Home Baptist Church in Moyock, NC. He began working at the Ford Motor Company Norfolk Assembly Plant in 1978. He retired after 30 years of service when the plant shut down. From there he returned to his love for driving trucks. He worked in spite of the pain to provide for his family almost to the end of his time spent on Earth.

Marvin was a loving and giving person. He had a huge heart and would do anything for his family and friends. Marvin raised another man’s children like they were his flesh and blood, he overcame drug addiction, and quit a cigarette smoking habit cold turkey. Marvin opened his home to anyone in need, fed many people and didn’t know a stranger. Marvin was known for his love of cookouts and celebrations and loved to invite the whole town. Watching others have a good time filled his heart and soul. To some he may have been a regular man but to his wife and children he was their king. He will forever be their hero.

He was predeceased by his son, Marvin V. “Boonk” Harris, sister, Bridget Marie Bright, aunt, Jannie Spruill Harvey, uncle, William “Bud” Spruill, Jr, step-father Jerry Mullen, father-in-law, Joe Mendiola, and grandfather, William Fertie Spruill Senior.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Rebecca “Becky” Bright; children, Carlos Noriega (Melanie), Rita Estrada (Vincent), Steven Noriega, Tina Noriega (Cartrell) and special loved one, Latoiya O’Brien (Steve); ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister, Camilla “June” Sutton (David); one brother, Dexter “Dex” Bright; three aunts, Mary Broome, Marion Walston, and Marcise Spruill; two uncles, John Henry Spruill (Gwendolyn) and Roy Harvey (Sara); a mother-in-law, Helen Mendiola; four sister-in-laws, Beverly Dunton, Consuello Torrez (Antonio), Grace Mendiola and Theresa Mendiola; two brother-in-laws, Joe Mendiola (Doreen) and Daniel Mendiola (Tammy); and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. He will truly be remembered by many.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320. A service to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Christian Home Baptist Church, Moyock, NC with Pastor Ronnie M. Culley I, Officiating. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery. Please visit to leave a condolence to the family.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Christian Home Baptist Church
    326 Tulls Creek Rd
    MOYOCK, NC 27958
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    Pastor Ronnie Murray Cully I
  • Interment

    Christian Home Baptist Church
    326 Tulls Creek Rd
    MOYOCK, NC 27958
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Michelle King

Posted at 01:40pm
In the face of such a difficult loss, know that I care.
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

Sibyl Seth

Posted at 09:20am
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
You described Marvin perfectly Becky. “He was a good man, a good father and friend”! He loved all of YOU immensely and know that You left nothing unsaid. Cherish the memories!! Rest peacefully dear cousin!!

Amit, Sibyl and Pyar Seth

antonio torrez

Posted at 06:16am
Marvin Brite , He brought great joy to all his people . We were all his people . I never saw a time when he would ever see a color on anyone he met . He referred to me as his brother in law from the very first time we met until the last time I had the pleasure of seeing and visiting with him .Neither one of us knowing it would be the last time . My favorite story about my Brother in law Marvin comes from the time he road the bus to Roswell to help his sister in law , Theresa drive when she moved to Moyack . He came in to our mother in laws house with one funny stories about his trip .The one that has stuck in my mind is his stop somewhere in Texas , where he saw this big ole black dude ( his words ) wearing a ten gallon hat . Marvin being Marvin says , who he think he think he was some kind of cowboy or what !! That wasn't the funny part . The funny part that cracked Danny and I up was , there sitting on his head was one of his favorite caps , which read , One Hundred Percent CHICANO !! I'm going to miss my brother in law , but I will never forget him . I Love you Becky , Carlos , Rita , Tina , Steven . Always, your uncle Tony Torrez .

Denise M Walston

Posted at 02:14pm
Becky and family,
While I am sadden over the death of my cousin, Marvin Lee Bright, I take comfort in the love and care that you have provided to him through the years. To simply watch the two of you together was so heartwarming. Boogie was so proud of all of his children and I remember how his eyes radiated when he spoke of his wife and children. I will always remember my younger cousin, the son of my dear Uncle Buddy. One of my fondness memories was of Boogie as a dancer. I remember him and my sisters practicing their dance routines at my house whenever they planned to enter dance contests (that they won or placed). I will also remember his visits to mom and I almost hear him saying, Aunt Marion, even now. When he became a truck driver, he would call mom to simply tell him where he was and to check on her. We knew that even when he battled addiction, Boogie was proud, kind, and genuinely cared about us. His kindness and care for us was illustrated when our father died. As we departed my fathers service, Boogie stood at the bottom of the steps to embrace us and walk us to the awaiting car. He wanted to make sure that his cousins were okay. Today, I make a vow to Becky, that we will "pay his kindness and care forward" by checking and praying for Becky, Mahalia, Dexter, Camellia, and his family. May God Bless, surround and comfort you during this most difficult time.

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