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Marvin Edward Stokely

Posted By obits On May 21, 2020 @ 2:12 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 20 Comments

Marvin Edward Stokely, 94, piloted his final flight on Saturday, May 16, 2020, passing away peacefully at his home near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He was born April 15, 1926, in Washington, D.C. to the late Henry Edward and Helen Tillett Stokely. He attained his pilot’s license as a teenager, and was training in Texas as a U.S. Army Air Corps aviator when World War II ended.

In 1948, Marvin signed on as a purser with burgeoning Piedmont Airlines of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Three years later he moved into the cockpit as a First Officer, but soon became one of Piedmont’s youngest Captains. Marvin flew and piloted DC-3s, F-27s, Martin 404s, YS-11s, and Boeing 737s out of Norfolk, Virginia (1948-1960); Wilmington, North Carolina (1960-1974); and then Norfolk again (1974-1984). He made his last landing in Norfolk after thirty-six years with Piedmont.

In retirement Marvin enjoyed life on the water. He loved boating and exploring the sounds, creeks, and historic sites near his home on Bells Island in Currituck County, and then on Symonds Creek in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. He designed and constructed boats and houses, including his own homes in Wilmington and on Bells Island and Symonds Creek. A skilled handyman and jack-of-all-trades, there was nothing Marvin could not build, fix, or repair. He was also an avid radio control aircraft hobbyist, and willingly shared his passion for flight with young enthusiasts.

Marvin attended Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth City, and was a member of the Naomi Masonic Lodge No. 87 in Norfolk, the Willis V. Fentress Masonic Lodge No. 296 A.F.& A.M. in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and the Sudan Shriners Temple Divan in New Bern, North Carolina.

Marvin is survived by his daughters, Susan S. Anastasio (Steven) of Lexington, Virginia, Nancy S. Fonvielle (Chris) of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Amy S. Gardner (Eric) of Virginia Beach, Virgina. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Robert Anastasio (Kate), Laura Anastasio McCulley (Joey), Mary Fonvielle, Anne Fonvielle, Grace Gardner, and Sophie Gardner, and great-grandchildren, Jack and Henry Anastasio, all of whom he shared with his former wife, Constance Evans Stokely of Leland, North Carolina. The family wishes to recognize Marvin’s cherished friend Peggy West of Elizabeth City and her family, with whom Marvin shared a treasured friendship during the past twenty years.

Everyone and anyone who met Marvin knew him as a kind and giving person, and a true Southern gentleman. He will be missed greatly, but remembered fondly. Fly High, Piedmont Speedbird.

Memorial donations in honor of Marvin Edward Stokely may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930 Wellness Drive # B, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, a food bank, or a charity of choice.

Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City 27909 is serving Marvin’s loving daughters and their families. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from robert rosenheim,jr on May 21st, 2020 4:18 pm

I flew on Piedmont lots from 1976-1980 out of Norfolk as I was in the military at the time. This young man may have flown me. As an aviator I can only imagine his stories to tell. May God bless his family and friends.

Condolence from Dotty and Gerry Sullivan, Patrick Sullivan on May 21st, 2020 7:44 pm

Marvin, we miss you so much! You have been a great neighbor and friend. So many things we loved about you. So enjoyed getting to know your lovely daughters. We will never forget you. Every time we see an airplane flying overhead, we will think of you. Dotty,Gerry,Patrick Sullivan

Condolence from Cheryl Scholtes on May 21st, 2020 9:04 pm

It was my pleasure to have known your father. Such a sweet, funny, kind and good man. The world has lost a wonderful man and heaven has gained one. I’d like to think his spirit is soaring through the sky again. My condolences also to Mrs Peggy. A sad loss to us all.

Condolence from Annie Roughton(Hair Cuttery) on May 22nd, 2020 7:05 am

Oh I’m going to miss this sweet man. I always enjoy my time with him when he came and got a cut. He walk in with the biggest smile. We always talk about his three girls, his grandkids and great grandkids. Told me stories of his flying days. He always had a big smile on his face, I will miss him.
Thinking and saying prayers for you all. He was so proud of you all.

Condolence from Cammie Daniels on May 22nd, 2020 8:59 am

Susan, Nancy, Amy, and family, please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was an amazing man , and I always looked forward to his visits to Wanchese. He lived a wonderful long life with great accomplishments. Thank God for blessing him with 94 years. That Tillett blood is tough !

Condolence from Earl Wilis on May 22nd, 2020 9:11 am

Susan, Nancy, and Amy,
Sad news the passing of your Dad, but a life well lived. Marvin always made people feel better when they were with him, and are better for knowing him. We are bonded by our Tillett blood, and I often recall our Willis family visit with the Stokely family in 1968 when you lived in Wilmington. May the promises of Christ Jesus grant you peace.

Condolence from Laura & Michael Boron on May 22nd, 2020 9:23 am

We are going to miss Marvin very much. He was a wonderful man, & we’re blessed that he was in our lives. I know he’s in heaven flying with the angels. Prayers & love to you all.

Condolence from Paul Bunting on May 22nd, 2020 10:42 am

I consider myself blessed to have had Uncle Marvin in my life. A true role model. Always kind, always interesting, and always willing to share his vast knowledge.
He will be missed.

Condolence from John Sawyer on May 23rd, 2020 7:21 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I met Marvin some 30 odd years ago through my Father, William. They became friends while flying model airplanes. Marvin always impressed me with his quiet manner, intelligence, and wit.

Condolence from Michael Bunting on May 23rd, 2020 4:17 pm

Susan, Nancy and Amy I was very sad to hear the news of your fathers passing. Even though I would only see him once a year I will always remember being happy every time I saw him. It seems to me the three of you inherited that quality as well. He had a way about him that made you feel special. He took me and my brother Paul with him to fly his Radio control airplanes and he took us searching for civil war items with his metal detector. I’m guessing he may not have smiled all day everyday but he sure did every time I saw him over a 60 year period. Uncle Marvin will be missed. He had the heart and soul of a teacher. Please know that he will live on not only through your memories but also through the extended family and friends he touched during his life.

Condolence from Randall King on May 23rd, 2020 6:53 pm

Dear Susan, Nancy, and Amy, I very sorry for the loss of your Father. I remember him when we were all children and he was very kind to us boys. I was a new hire with Piedmont and based in ORF in 1984, but never got to fly with him. He may have already retired. May God bless him and all his family, Randall

Condolence from Colleen Fields on May 23rd, 2020 9:12 pm

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
“Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

Piedmont Silver Eagles

Condolence from Colleen Fields on May 23rd, 2020 9:17 pm

Girls, you were blessed to have such a precious Dad..I was so shocked when I heard he had Flown West..
Marv was the best of Piedmont Airlines, he represented everything PI stood for. Marv was highly respected among his peers. I am glad to have called him friend..He is among legends now.. My deepest sympathies. May Angels be with you

Condolence from Danny Bowen on May 24th, 2020 9:10 am

My sincere condolences to Captain Stokely’s family. As a new hire in ORF with Piedmont in 1979, Capt. Stokely was always a gentleman. Kind, sincere and just a good guy. The world was certainly a better place with people like Marv. I know he will be missed.

Condolence from Susan Chabay Buchenberger on May 24th, 2020 10:39 am

Susan, Nancy, and Amy,

I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. What a wonderful write up of a life well lived. And, such a nice picture, exactly how I remembered him-very handsome.

I was actually speaking of your dad recently. Whether you know this or not, he was the one who suggested I look into dental hygiene as a career. I was 16 and thinking of a nursing career. He told me hygienists had better hours. Having had braces, I was very interested in teeth so his suggestion was not awkward.

Taking his advice, 33 years later, I am the happy hygienist. I love my job and always has good hours to combine family first with career. teach at UNC part time as well.

Again, I’m sorry for your loss but wanted you to know I am one of many lives he touched.

Condolence from JAN STEVENSON HOEHNE(Haney) on May 24th, 2020 11:53 pm

Dear Amy and entire family- I’m saddened to read of your precious dad’s passing. As we worked together with PIEDMONT AIRLINES at NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -Norfolk, Va. (ORF), I had the genuine pleasure of meeting your dad, CAPTAIN STOKELY and writing him passes for travel. What a kind and classy gentleman! I shall never forget him or you. At the airport you, Amy, were always smiling so each time you do that- you can feel a touch from your dad and GOD! What lifetime most precious memories I hold dear of our times working the flights and counter with you and everyone! IT WILL ALWAYS BE PRECIOUS MOMENTS IN TIME! WHAT AN AWESOME TIME TO MEET YOUR DAD AND WORK WITH EVERYONE!! I SHALL NEVER FORGET THE GREAT TIMES!!! & FOREVER HOLD IT DEAR TO MY HEART!
You and your entire family will be in my prayers in this most difficult time. Remember LOVE LASTS FOREVER & NEVER FAILS!!! JOHN 3:16. For 24 hr. comfort & encouragement please tune to http://www.bbnradio.org, as I do.
YES, CAPTAIN STOKELY-“FLY HIGH PIEDMONT SPEEDBIRD till we all MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL, in JESUS NAME!!!, sincerely your friend and co-worker JAN STEVENSON HOEHNE(Haney)

Condolence from Ken And Bonnie Bernard on May 26th, 2020 8:13 am

So sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. Although we didnt know him well, he was always such a kind, friendly gentleman.

My fondest memory was a neighborhood Halloween party where he and his date joined us in full costume. They were the cutest couple there!

Our deepest sympathy to all,
Ken and Bonnie Bernard

Condolence from Ann Willis Taylor on May 28th, 2020 6:06 pm

Susan, Nancy, and Amy,

I have just learned of the passing of your Father’s passing. My deepest sympathy in your loss. The loss of a parent is never easy no matter how long we have had them in our lives. May your cherished memories sustain you in the days ahead. May you find comfort in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

Condolence from Joe and Carolyn Peel on May 30th, 2020 5:22 pm

We send our heartfelt sympathy to Marvin’s family during this time. We always enjoyed our time with Marvin. He was such a friendly and interesting man. He will be missed.

Condolence from Joanne Stanley on June 17th, 2020 8:57 am

Just this day did I learn of Marvin’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I flew with him out of ORF. I will always remember his smile and gentle kindness. A great pilot and human being. I know he touched many people’s lives!

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