Marion Robert Epps Sr.
March 25, 1926 – April 1, 2019
Rev. Marion Robert Epps Sr., 93, of Charlotte NC was reunited with his beautiful wife of 65 years, Adelle Epps, and his Lord and Savior on April 1, 2019. Marion was born on March 25, 1926, son of Joseph Newton and Juliaett Jones Epps, of Augusta GA.
Marion served in the Army during WWII, Company B, with the 15th Armored Infantry Battalion and was honorably discharged on June 23rd, 1946. He served in combat and passionately as Chaplin's Assistant, earning Service Metal with 2-Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Occupation Medal (Germany).
Marion achieved an AB Degree, major in Bible and minor in Music from Mercer University in 1949, Bachelor of Sacred Music from Southwestern Seminary in 1953, Master of Religious Education in 1954 and Master of Church Music in 1960.
He served throughout his career in various churches and retired from McLean Road Baptist Church in 2016, as Minister Director of Music. He was also a substitute teacher, teacher’s assistant and assistant librarian with CMS. He also taught keyboarding and other classes at CPCC.
Marion and Adelle leave behind four children they adopted and adored: Melodie Ruth Epps of Conover, NC, Marion R (Bob) Epps Jr of Lowell NC, Martin Roger Epps of Gastonia NC and the late Meredith Epps Cassell of Charlotte NC; five grandchildren Michelle Epps Bronson, Miranda Epps Holland, Elisabeth Cassell Banks, Meredith Rachel Epps and Matthew Robert Epps; five great grandchildren Amberlea Lynn Sitler, Raiden Skye Bronson, Teagan Avery Dixon, Charlotte Renee Holland and Branson Dell Banks.
Marion said "I believe God called me to serve Him and I will try to the best of my ability to do His will.”
Marion and Adelle sacrificed to ensure their four adopted children would be taken care of for their entire lives and leave a legacy of love, compassion and generosity to be carried on for generations.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
- Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, April 5, 2019
Marion Robert Epps Sr.
April 4, 2019
Mr. Epps was always so sweet to me. I loved seeing him when I went to Merrie's for any kind of get together. When he couldn't remember my name, he would call me Jennifer (which would make me giggle and then he would correct himself). I know that Elisabeth will miss him very much. The good memories of times that Merrie and Clay would spend at Gma's and Gpa's having dinner and watching Jeopardy together are certainly ones I have heard about and have seen the sweet pictures of the times they spent together. We will be praying for the family during this time. Hugs to Rachel and Michelle- and special prayers for my close friends Clay and Elisabeth.
Gpa is now leading a special section of the choir in heaven with our family members that have gone before us. Can't you just hear the beautiful music with all of the voices restored to perfection!?!
Love Stephanie, Phil, Jonathan, Kristy, Michael, & Katherine
William M Eubanks
April 2, 2019
Marion has been a close friend for the past 65 years. He was a gentleman and a true Christian dedicated to serving his Lord through his musical talents. He will be greatly missed. Our prayer is that the peace of our Lord and Savior will surround Bob, Melody and Roger and sustain them during this difficult time. We love you all.
Dr. Bill and Angie