Charles A. Marvin

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Charles Allen "Corky" Marvin

District Attorney of Bossier and Webster parishes, Louisiana
In office
November 1971 – July 1, 1975
Preceded by John Bailey Benton, Jr.
Succeeded by Henry Newton Brown, Jr.

Judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
In office
July 1, 1975 – 1999
Preceded by H. Welborn Ayres
Constituency Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn parishes

Chief Judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal
In office

Born July 18, 1929
Jonesville, Catahoula Parish
Died April 27, 2003 (aged 73)
Resting place Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Rebecca Campbell Marvin (married 1956-2003, his death)
Relations Foster Campbell (wife's cousin)
Children Melissa Marvin Brown

Michele Marvin Simoneaux
John Schuyler Marvin
Mary Margaret Marvin Johnson

Residence Minden, Webster Parish
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana State University Law Center

Religion United Methodist

Military Service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Battles/wars Korean War

Charles Allen Marvin, known also as Corky Marvin (July 18, 1929 – April 27, 2003),[1] was a district attorney and a state circuit court judge in North Louisiana from 1971 until his retirement in 1999.


Marvin was born to Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler L. Marvin in Jonesville in Catahoula Parish in northeastern Louisiana. He studied journalism at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he was the outstanding graduate in his field and an editor of the student newspaper, The Tech Talk. He was later involved in fund-raising drives for Louisiana Tech.[2] Marvin then worked for a year as editor of the weekly newspaper The Delhi Dispatch in Delhi in Richland Parish], east of Monroe. After service in the United States Air Force during the Korean War,[3]

Marvin attended the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, from which he graduated after three years of study in 1957. In 1989, Louisiana Tech named him a "Distinguished Alumnus".[4] In 1962, Marvin became an original board member of the Louisiana Tech Foundation, along with another Minden attorney, Luther Moore, and later Caddo Parish Sheriff Donald E. Hathaway.[5]In 1990, the LSU Law Center named Marvin an honorary member of the Order of the Coif and inducted him into its hall of fame.[4][3]

In 1956, Marvin married the former Rebecca Campbell (born September 1935) of Minden and began his practice of law there with the firm Campbell, Campbell and Marvin, later Campbell, Campbell, Marvin, and Johnson. The first "Campbell" in the firm was John T. Campbell (1903-1993), Rebecca's father, who was also a former clerk of the Louisiana State Senate].[6] The second "Campbell," Cecil P. Campbell (1909-1996), was her uncle. During his days as a practicing attorney, Charles Marvin was president of the Minden Chamber of Commerce, a member of the local Selective Service board, and the commander of the Wiley-Pevy American Legion post.[7] He was also affiliated with the veterans organization the Forty and Eight.[4]

Political and legal career

A Democrat, Marvin in 1966 ran unsuccessfully for the position of Minden and Ward I city judge. He was handily defeated by the incumbent Cecil C. Lowe, who was elected in 1976 as a member of the 26th Judicial District Court, which includes Bossier and Webster parishes. Lowe received 2,952 votes to Marvin's 1,530; Marvin carried only one precinct in that race.[8]The city judgeship was subsequently held by John Cecil Campbell, Mrs. Marvin's cousin.

In November 1967, Marvin withdrew from a runoff election for the Webster Parish Democratic Executive Committee, when he finished sixth among ten candidates for five places on the board. He deferred to the fifth-place candidate, B. James Bryan of Springhill, in northern Webster Parish.[9]

In November 1971, Marvin was elected to succeed John Bailey Benton, Jr. (1924-2009) of Minden, the interim DA of the 26th Judicial District. The position had opened when Louis H. Padgett, Jr. (1913-1980), resigned to run successfully for the state district court.[10] Benton won in Bossier Parish by fifty-six votes but was overwhelmed by Marvin's majority in Webster Parish.[11] Marvin then won the full term in the position in 1972.[10]

In 1973, DA Marvin pursued originally fourteen counts of public bribery against George Nattin, Sr., who stepped down as mayor of Bossier City after twelve years in office, and Nattin's son, George Nattin, Jr. Former Mayor Nattin was subsequently acquitted of the charges.[12]

In 1975, Marvin resigned as DA upon his election to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal]], based in Shreveport. Marvin defeated a fellow Democrat, Fred W. Jones, Jr., a native of Rayville in Richland Parish and a then district judge in Ruston.[13] In the nine-parish race, Marvin polled 16,106 votes; Jones, 14,521. There was no Republican candidate. Marvin succeeded the retiring Judge H. Welborn Ayres, a native of Natchitoches Parish, who retired at the mandatory age of seventy-five.[14] Jones was subsequently elected to the circuit court in 1980 and became a colleague of Judge Marvin for the next decade.[15]

Thereafter, Marvin was elected to full ten-year terms on the court in 1978 and 1988, both times without opposition. From 1990 until his retirement in 1999, Marvin was the chief judge of the circuit court. He was frequently invited to serve as a pro tempore justice for the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was also a president of the Council of Chief Judges of the United States. He was the author of numerous law review articles and served as an adjunct professor at the LSU Law Center, the historically black rambling State University, and Bossier Parish Community College. For six terms, he was president of the Webster Parish Bar Association and a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association.[16]

Along with bail bondsman Angelo Roppolo and others, Judge Marvin one of the founding members of the Shreveport Red Mass Society, which holds an annual service for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement personnel to highlight the connection between faith in God and the rule of law. The Red Mass is held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in downtown Shreveport.[17]

Personal life and legacy

Judge Marvin was a trustee and Sunday School teacher at the Minden First United Methodist Church. He was also a trustee of the Louisiana Methodist Foundation and a member of the Masonic lodge and the Shriners.[4]

There are four Marvin children. Melissa Brown (born 1958) is the wife of Gary Lamar Brown (born 1954), whose parents, Newton and Erlene Nealy Brown, were mublisher=rdered in their home in Dixie Inn west of Minden on Christmas Eve, 1982, by Jimmy L. Glass (1962-1987) and Jimmy Charles Wingo (1952-1987), a native of Jackson County, Arkansas, and a former Boy Scout.[18] Glass petitioned unsuccessfully to the United States Supreme Court on the premise that his pending 1987 execution was "cruel and unusual punishment."[19]The murders occurred only a few months after Melissa and Gary Brown were wed in Minden. The tragic case attracted national attention because of an upswing in executions in Louisiana at the time and a debate over the constitutionality of the death penalty.[20][21]

Second daughter Michele Simoneaux and her husband, Rodney J. Simoneaux (both born 1959), reside inBelle Rose in Assumption Parish in south Louisiana. Son John Schuyler Marvin is the husband of the former Jodi Lane Comeaux. The youngest Marvin daughter, Mary Margaret, is the wife of Bruce Johnson. There were twelve grandchildren at the time of the judge's death.[4]

Schuyler Marvin is the current DA of Bossier and Webster parishes, having first been elected in November 2002, some five months before his father's death. He was unopposed for a second six-year term in 2008. The junior Marvin is a Democrat-turned-Republican.[22]

Judge Marvin died of cancer[23] at the age of seventy-three. Services were held on April 29, 2003, at First United Methodist Church in Minden. He is interred there at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.[4]

In 2015, Marvin was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.[24]


  1. Charles A. "Corky" Marvin. Retrieved on May 8, 2022.
  2. "Marvin and Moore Will Head Local Louisiana Tech Fund Drive," Minden Press-Herald,', May 5, 1969, p. 3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "LSU Law School recognizes Judge C.A. Marvin", Minden Press-Herald, June 5, 1990, p. 10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Charles Marvin. Retrieved on November 25, 2013.
  5. Policy 3101 - Introduction, Foundation Programs and Operations, and Future. (August 26, 2000). Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  6. "Local attorney to be honored," The Minden Press-Herald, March 20, 1992, p. 1.
  7. "Marvin Elected Commander of American Legion Post," The Minden Press-Herald, July 12, 1967, p. 1.
  8. The Minden Press-Herald, August 15, 1966, pp. 1-2.
  9. "Marvin Withdraws from Runoff Race with Bryan," The Minden Press-Herald, November 16, 1967, p. 1.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Marvin seeks judgeship; election se, The Minden Press-Herald, April 9, 1975, p. 1.
  11. "Marvin Defeats Benton," The Minden Press-Herald, November 8, 1971, p. 1.
  12. Former Bossier City mayor dead at 83. The Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram (April 26, 2002). Retrieved on December 21, 2014.
  13. "Jones will seek judgeship," The Minden Press-Herald, April 2, 1975, p. 1.
  14. The Minden Press-Herald, May 15, 1975, p. 1.
  15. In Memoriam: Retired Judge Fred W. Jones, Jr.. Retrieved on June 20, 2015.
  16. In Memoriam: Retired Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Charles A. "Corky" Marvin. Retrieved on November 25, 2013.
  17. Scott Crichton (July 9, 2012). Beyond the City Limits: The Illustrious Life and Legacy of "Nickel Politician" Angelo Roppolo. Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
  18. Jimmy Charles Wingo. Retrieved on May 8, 2022.
  19. Jimmy L. Glass. Retrieved on May 8, 2022.
  20. Louisiana Executes Second Man in Slaying of Couple, June 16, 1987. The New York Times. Retrieved on November 25, 2013.
  21. Brown, Fusilier announce engagement, May 3, 2013. Eunice Today. Retrieved on November 26, 2013.
  22. J. Schuyler Marvin, District Attorney. Retrieved on November 25, 2013.
  23. Former 2nd Circuit Chief Judge Dies at 73. (April 28, 2003). Retrieved on November 25, 2013.
  24. 'Corky' Marvin elected to hall of fame. The Minden Press-Herald. Retrieved on June 25, 2014.