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Memorial for Marvin "Chuck" Whitfield Prestridge, Jr.

Born in Dallas, Texas on May 1, 1932
Departed on Jan. 20, 2017 and resided in Rowlett, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
10:30 am
Cemetery: Private
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Marvin Whitfield "Chuck" Prestridge, Jr. was born on May 1, 1932 to Marvin Whitfield Prestridge, Sr. and Bessie Viola Prestridge. With the exception of just a few years, he lived his entire life in the east Dallas area. Throughout his life, he had many careers and touched a great many lives. He was first a carpenter and roofer working with his father to build houses, a salesman with Singer Sewing Machines, a machinist , a building engineer for The Fairmont Hotel, the chief Building engineer for the Dorchester (a high rise retirement center by Baylor Hospital), a police officer with both Dallas and the Park Cities police departments, an entrepreneur of sales and service with CB radio equipment which later included sales of satellite television systems, a woodworker, and lastly the owner of A-ero Tec Graphics (a corporate sign and graphics company based in Mesquite).

His interests were as varied as the careers he held: he loved all kinds of music, opera, reading, nature, and children. Of these, children – particularly underprivileged and special needs – were his passion. He spent many years as a Shrine clown to raise money for the Shriner's Hospital as well as for the Scottish Rite Hospital for children. For many years, he would erect Christmas decorations that made his home look like a gingerbread house and he would dress in a specially made Santa Claus costume and talk to the small children, flanked by his wife Sandra who dressed as Mrs. Claus. Oftentimes, adults would also want to sit in Santa's lap. Each person would get all the time they wanted to tell Santa everything they needed to tell him: sometimes a Christmas wish, sometimes a confession, sometimes a plea for help to kick an addiction. He viewed it as his personal mission outreach to those in need around him and at the end of his life, he had more than 30, 000 people who had sat on his lap and talked with him in ways many felt they couldn't with anyone else.

He loved helping people who were down on their luck, sometimes through buying groceries, other times with offering them a job. He was a patient and longsuffering man who truly embodied the teachings of Jesus when he instructed that people should be forgiven no matter how many times they offended. He was always quick to offer sage advice and had a kind and understanding heart.

He passed away quietly in his sleep at home in the early morning hours of January 20, 2017 after a protracted battle with a number of terminal illnesses. Through it all, his love, kindness, and compassion never failed to inspire those around him.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandra; his children Marvin III (wife Linda), Aubrey (wife Sam), Johnnie, Guy (wife Kim), Melody (husband Frank), Doobie (husband Gary), Chris (wife Lori), and Shawn (wife Jennifer); his grandchildren Christine (husband Hilton), Jessica, Marvin IV (wife Rebecca), Noel, Timothy, Steven (wife Morgan), Marina, Zoltan (wife Shelly), Dustin (wife Julissa), Tony, Aubri, Judith (husband Raymond), Jesse (wife Sarah), Crystal (husband Scott), Emma, Charley, Ava, and Annabelle; his great-grandchildren Alexis, Jackson, Noah, Cheyenne, Kaiya, McKenna, Charlie, Victoria, Jonathan, Madison, Mikaela, Connor, Elijah, Lorelei, Colton, Brady, and Mia; as well as numerous other relations. He is sorely missed not only by his large family, but also by the many lives he touched throughout his long life. He is not gone, but rather gone ahead and we look forward to the time when we can be reunited with him for all eternity!

The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Hospital and/or Pulmonary Hypertension Association in lieu of flowers.

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