Fallen Hero: CSM(Ret.) Marvin Buford Babb


Funeral Home

Waller Funeral Home

419 MS-6, Oxford, MS


Sunday, December 18, 2022

12:00PM – 2:00PM
West Hall at Waller Funeral Home
419 Hwy 6 West
Oxford, MS 38655


Sunday, December 18, 2022

West Hall at Waller Funeral Home
419 Hwy 6 West
Oxford, MS 38655
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Eastover Memorial Cemetery
County Road 231
Oxford, MS 38655


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard.  “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 14, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home.   CSM(Ret) Marvin Buford Babb, age 87,  a retired member of the MS Army National Guard, who had worked full-time and served within the 1/108th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Oxford location, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

“Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten””

Obituary, visitation, and service details:


Mr. Marvin Bufford Babb, Jr, 87, died Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. The funeral service will be Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Brother Will Anderson and Brother Bobby Cobb officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service in West Hall beginning at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Eastover Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Babb was born on July 24, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Marvin Sr. and Ollie Blanche Wilbourn Babb. He attended University High School in Oxford and was a member of the football team and a pitcher for the baseball program. Mr. Babb was member of the 1952 Little 10 Football Championship team, the first football championship in the school’s history. He graduated high school in 1953 and attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi, on a football scholarship. Mr. Babb served his nation and state in the Mississippi Army National Guard, with a notable active-duty deployment to the University of Mississippi during the unrest around the university’s integration by James Meredith. He retired from the Guard after 41 years. As a part of his service, Mr. Babb ran the Oxford Armory for more than 25 years. He is a past Commander of the American Legion Post 55 in Oxford. Mr. Babb and his wife Lavera were married for 69 years and were active members of South Oxford Methodist Church. He loved football and worked as a referee for many years. Mr. Babb was a past leader of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America Troop 146 and was an avid woodworker. He looked forward to his annual National Guard fish fry.

Mr. Babb is survived by his wife, Lavera Anderson Babb of Oxford, MS and a son, William ‘Andy’ Babb and his wife, Debi, of Oxford, MS.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Babb’s memory may be made to South Oxford Methodist Church, 2920 South Lamar Boulevard, Oxford, MS 38655.