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KHQA Hometown Hero "Marvelous Marv" scoops up Quincy's best

Not even throat and prostate cancer could weaken Marv. His live is a journey that includes national conventions and run-ins with future presidents.

A busy drive through, frozen yogurt in a cup, and a friendly smile are all common scenes at TCBY on the corner of 18th and State in Quincy.

These images were on full display this past week for a surprise party for Marvin Hufford, the store's owner.

"I thought, I could not believe all these people were here. I recognized them all!," Marv said.

Marv brought the franchise to town after a four-decade stint with Southwestern Bell.

"I was about to retire and thought I got to be doing something," Marv explained. "I'm not one to sit around I guess. I always have to be working, doing something."

It was Marv's second profession, but he's served a lot of Tri-State kids their first gig.

"[I want to help ] keep the community going and giving young people things to do and give them a reason to stay," Marv said.

One of those kids is Matt Bergman.

Now the media relations guy at QU, he started cutting TCBY's lawn at 14 years old. 25 years later, he's now the business manager.

"He's a second father to me," Bergman said. "He taught me a lot about business and life. I've enjoyed working here and for him and learning life lessons along the way."

The first TBCY opened in Quincy June 1986.

A few years later, a second store at 18th and State with the iconic waffle cone sign; and then other stores opened in Hannibal, Missouri and Jacksonville, Illinois.

"He would literally give you the shirt off his back. He donates time and time again to community organizations. Any benefit he is willing to donate," Bergman said.

President of the Quincy's Noon Kiwanis Club Joanne Dedert said no one can count the hours Marv has volunteered in his 50 years with the organization.

"He does, and he is very modest about that, he doesn't want anyone to know about the good things he does," Dedert explained. "He would rather you honor someone over there than himself."

"I don't ever hear him talk bad about anyone. He doesn't talk about people. He's not judgmental," Marv's Daughter, Sharyl Scarbrough said, hanging her head outside the drive-thru window. "He doesn't let things bother him."

Not even throat and prostate cancer could weaken Marv. His live is a journey that includes national conventions and run-ins with future presidents.

Marv's granddaughter said Thursday, she never sees her grandpa cry.

Marv was quick to explain that every tear is for a happy thought.

"Unbelievable happiness. you never expect something like this to happen, I don't," Hufford explained. "I've had a lot of good things happen to me all through my life. I just like to be a good part of the community. I've always tried to do things with the community that improved it and this being one of those things which I think is a good improvement."

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