Paul Benjamin Marvel, 82

Paul Benjamin Marvel, 82, of Frankford, Del., died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He was born in Dagsboro, Del., son of the late Renzie and Ruth Marvel.

He graduated from Lord Baltimore School, and at the end of seventh grade, he started clamming by hand rake, and clammed commercially for 63 years. He was a maintenance and machine operator at the DuPont Company in Seaford for 25 years. Marvel and his wife owned and operated the Gospel Lighthouse Christian Supply Store for 10 years and were dealers for White’s Metal Detectors for 25 years.

Marvel joined the Army National Guard before graduation. In 1962, he had been called up by the governor and State to help rescue people in the March storm. They stepped into the boat from second-story windows.

He was a past president and member of the Mason Dixon Treasure Club for 44 years; past treasurer of Cub Pack 281; past board member of Selbyville Assembly of God; and at the time of his death was board member of Midway Assembly of God.

Marvel was known as a kind, gentle, strong and sweet man of few words, but always ready with a smile. He enjoyed the beach, the Indian River and deer hunting with his dad, Renzie, and brother, Ralph. His mother took him as a young child to Sunday-school and church, where he gave his heart to the Lord and tried to trust and serve Him. He enjoyed reading the Bible and encouraged others to read it through, every year.

Marvel was preceded in death by his parents, Renzie Elwood Marvel and Ruth Crist Marvel, and his brother, Ralph Marvel and his wife, Betty. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Janet Webb Marvel; two sons, Paul D. Marvel and Richard D. Marvel; and two nephews, Jeff Marvel of Dagsboro, Del., and Gary Marvel of Elizabethtown, Pa.

Services were to be held on Dec. 18, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del., with interment at St. George’s Cemetery, Clarksville, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Midway Assembly of God; P.O. 669; Lewes, DE 19958. Condolences may be sent online at