Personal History



Marvin is the father of Samantha Pope, age 20 and a senior at UNC-A. He is married to Rebecca Knight, who is also a Buncombe County District Court Judge. Marvin and Rebecca live in the Kenilworth area of Asheville.

Marvin has a long history of community service. He was a member of the Jaycees, is a Master Mason in the Hominy Lodge #491, a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and has served as the Chairman of the Church Council. For the past 22 years Marvin has volunteered with ABCCM in the Christmas play “Return to Bethlehem” and has been joined each year by Samantha since her first role as infant baby Jesus. Marvin is an Eagle Scout and helps young scouts earn Merit Badges and Eagle awards.

Marvin began hunting and fishing with his father just about as soon as he could walk. He has volunteered since 1990 as a Hunter Safety Instructor for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and has taught hundreds of adults and children hunting safety and wildlife conservation. He is an excellent traditional “long bow” archer and certified by the Wildlife Commission as an Advanced Archery Instructor. He hunts quail with the long bow and even makes his own arrows. Marvin is a firearms expert and excellent marksman. He has taught personal firearm safety and personal defense classes and is a lifetime member of the NRA. He is a certified scuba diver and loves boating and windsurfing.

Marvin is also an excellent cook, a master gardener, antique collector, creates needlepoint and stain glass art. He is a musician who plays the piano and the banjo. Marvin is an avid reader and an expert in Civil War history. Weekends on the family farm you will find Marvin in his overalls working with his horses, building fences, splitting and stacking firewood, and in the past two years he and his wife have personally planted 750 Christmas trees.

Marvin has served as a guardian for the Honor Air Flight taking World War II veterans to Washington DC to visit Arlington National Cemetery and the new World War II Memorial. He is always helping those in need and is known to pull out his checkbook in and out of the courtroom to enroll a struggling juvenile in Boy Scouts or pay for school books or camps. He volunteered with the Teen Court program court diversion program. As an Asheville Jaycee, Marvin and Ron Brown organized the “Turn in a Pusher” drug program.

Judge Pope gives of his heart, his time and his money to help others in need.


Marvin was born in Asheville in 1949 to Marvin Sr. and Ruth Pope. Marvin Sr. was a North Carolina Highway Patrolman and Ruth was a second grade teacher at Emma Elementary School. His family moved to Hickory when his father was transferred with the Highway Patrol. Marvin Sr.‘s law enforcement career included the Highway Patrol, Chief ABC Officer in Catawba County, police officer for Conover and Longview, N.C. and was also a Federal firearms instructor. Ruth Pope taught second grade for 44 years. Their family life was busy with church, community service, school, farming, scouting and a large extended family. Marvin’s Eagle Scout project was to plant more than 5,000 pine trees. Both of his parents suffered a series of health problems in their eighties and became totally disabled. Marvin and his younger sister, Elaine, provided 24 hour care for their parents in their home for more than ten years until their deaths in 2000 and 2006.