Marvin Ray Horan

March 26, 1939November 17, 2021

Rev. Marvin Ray Horan, 82, of Charleston, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Marvin was born in Charleston on March 26, 1939, to the late Ernest and Velma Moles Horan. He was a retired concrete truck driver with Combs Construction in Charlotte, NC. Marvin loved to read and study the Scriptures and was blessed to have pastored several churches in WV, NC and KY.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Allyson; two sisters, Lois (John) Douglas, Murl (Frank) Mullins; two brothers, Carlie and Richard Horan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Alice Cochran Horan; daughters, Cynthia (Jerry) Chandler and Barbara Conner, all of Charleston, Jennifer Horan of Florida; three grandchildren, Nathan, Brian and Christine.

A visitation with family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden. At 1:00 p.m., the funeral procession will depart the funeral home to New Antioch Cemetery, Putnam County for a graveside service.

Due to the continued concerns with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we asked that if you plan to attend the visitation, please adhere to social distancing and wear a proper facial covering.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Union Mission Ministries, 700 South Park Road, Charleston, WV 25304.

The online guest book can be accessed at


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021


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Karen Dahne

November 30, 2021

Have many fond memories of Marvin. He was my next door neighbor and he and I were on the same team playing horseshoes across the railroad tracks in front of our house, no one could beat us, he was such a nice person.

Tina Good Adkins

November 20, 2021

Lots of memories so very many but I just know that anywhere u seen him he was always all about GOD. A very uplifting man of GOD whether he was at church or even Point Lick balllfield he always talked of GOD with my dad BILL Good. He was a great inspiration of GOD

Kevin Wilson

November 19, 2021

I have known Alice and Marvin for many years. They were truly the nicest true people I have known, and their kids were the same. Sorry to the family for their loss Sincerely Kevin Wilson

Nancy Nelson

November 19, 2021

I loved your dad. Always so sweet. He loved my mom and dad and they loved him. I have great memories of him, Alice, Cindy, and Barb from Fair Haven Christian School. I’ll be praying for all of you. I’m sorry I can’t be at the funeral but I’ll be out of town this weekend.

Cathy (Ray Halley)

November 19, 2021

Rev. Horan was an integral part of my young teenage years. My family and I were so impressed with this man of God. We were present at a rally at the Charleston Civic Center where we presented him with a handmade flag quilt that Mom and I made. Although, I am quite sure that the quilt is no longer around, Rev. Horanś legacy will live on the message that he lived every day of his life.
We pray that God will wrap you in his love and care. and comfort you until you meet again. The Ray Family (Lillian, Cathy,&CR)

Karl Priest

November 19, 2021

Marvin is an American hero.

Marvin was a man’s man who operated with a code of honor that could best be described as coming from the American Old West as depicted in the cowboy movies of the fifties.

I am honored, and blessed, to have known him.

You can see him in action in 1974 at this YouTube video:

Shelia McVey

November 19, 2021

So sorry to hear about Marvin, but such a blessing and joy to know he is in Heaven now- the place he preached about so many years.
Curtie and I bought Marvin and Alice's house at Point Lick in 1993 and he always spoke about it afterwards when he would see me. He was always kind and pleasant to me.
Prayers for comfort and peace to all his family.

Sherry Simpson

November 18, 2021

I loved Marvin. He was so funny and loved to talk. I remember him telling a story about driving to Kanawha City and couldn’t get his car out of reverse. He drove home backward. I laughed every time I saw him and I know he’s in Heaven with all his family now.

Alice, Cindy, Barbie & Jennifer. I’m so saddened to hear of his passing. Prayers for all of you.

sharon pittman

November 18, 2021

He was a great influence in my uncle Leslie Smith’s life. He presided over his funeral. Many years ago