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Marvin Gaines, Jr.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019

2:00 PM

Fischer Funeral Care


The family will receive guests at the funeral home from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm.
3742 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30341

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Marvin Wilson Gaines Jr., of Decatur, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 7, at his home. He was 71. Born Jan. 9, 1948, in Chickamauga, he was the son of the late Marvin Wilson Gaines and Carolyn Burnett Gaines. A 1966 graduate of Chamblee High School, Marvin attended Georgia Tech for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving for four years as a communications specialist, he took a job in information technology with Lanier Business Products. He left Lanier after several years to form his own company and was self-employed until around 2000, when he joined H&R Block. He continued to work there until his death, ending his career as a Master Tax Advisor. Marvin was also an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service. He is survived by his son, Sean W. Gaines of Acworth; his closest friend, Mary Possenti of Powder Springs; sister Lynn Hotaling (Richard) of Cullowhee, N.C.; brother Jim Gaines (Lavonne) of Senoia; nieces Elizabeth Hotaling of Greenville, S.C., and Ellen Girardi of Asheville, N.C.; and nephews Robert Gaines of Senoia, Scott Hotaling of Pullman, Wash., and Andrew Gaines of Marietta. Three great-nieces and a great-nephew also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Imagine Charter School (Checks payable to IC Imagine and mailed to Giving c/o IC Imagine, 1000 Brevard Road, Suite 175, Asheville, NC 28806 or online at or the Prospect Cemetery Fund (Checks payable to Chamblee First United Methodist Church, marked for cemetery and mailed to CFUMC, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341). Services are planned for Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Fischer Funeral Care, 3742 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30341, (678) 514-1000. Sign online guestbook at

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Vreni LUDINMar 2 2019 11:55 am
Marvin and I were colleagues and friends at HRBlock for many years.Together we encountered the good, the bad and the ugly. He was my listening ear, when I couldnt take it any longer and for me was the big teddy bear with the BIG heart. Marvin I miss you a lot and I know you left a big, unfillable hole on this earth. And on my next exotic trip I will be thinking about you!
Jennifer davis Feb 27 2019 11:03 am
To the Gaines Family, I am so sorry to hear about Marvinís passing. He was a wonderful colleague to me at H&R Block during the past 18 years. I will definitely miss him.
Fischer Funeral CareFeb 22 2019 08:28 am
In loving memory of Marvin Gaines
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Erika Van MeirFeb 20 2019 03:20 pm
I have been trying to reach Marvin for a couple weeks. I became worried when H and R block would not give me any info whatsoever. Marvin did our taxes for many years but he was a wonderful person. Each year we would joke around about how fast time passed. I would bring in my coffee and Marvin would always be ready to get the work done fast. He was such a kind gentleman and very witty. My condolences to his colleagues, family and friends, I am so sad I will not get to see him again. RIP Marvin, you will be missedí
Mary WinslowFeb 19 2019 05:39 pm
I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. I was a client of Marvin's for over 15 years and truly looked forward to our interactions. He always greeted me a smile and a hug and always sent me a note on my birthday. Marvin was one of the good guys. My prayers to you all.
Marsha KerestesFeb 19 2019 10:21 am
As you remember the love, As you mourn your loss, May you also celebrate the life. Please know all of Marvin's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many.
tbFeb 15 2019 04:11 pm
I'm sorry to hear about loss. Please allow God to be your stronghold during this difficult time. (Psalms 91:2)
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