Melvin L. Marshall • August 26, 2020
Melvin Lewis Marshall was born on April 8, 1926 in Dale County, Alabama to Walter and Sarah Marshall. He attended Ariton School. While in high school, he was drafted into the US Army during World War 2 and served in the Pacific Theater. After serving his country, he returned to Ariton School and completed his high school education. He loved to play basketball and drove a bus for the school.
It was at one of those basketball games that he met the girl he would later marry, Sarah Garner. Their marriage lasted 64 years until the death of Sarah in 2012. He was a farmer in Dale County when their first child, Kay, was born in the house that he built for his family.
A career change led him to move to Montgomery, Alabama. He became a pressman at the Montgomery Advertiser. While living in Montgomery, their second child, Larry, was born.
In 1959, the family moved to Pensacola, Florida, where he worked at the Pensacola News Journal in the pressroom for 32 years.
An avid outdoorsman, an accomplished carpenter, and a jack of all trades, Mr. Fix It. He loved his church, East Brent Baptist Church, especially his Sunday School class. But most of all, he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was unselfishly devoted to his entire family, always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. Melvin was a true GENTLE man and ALWAYS thought of others before himself.
He was always happy to return to his childhood homeplace, Ariton, to the house he built that his family still enjoys today.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah, his parents, Walter and Sarah, brothers Oyer, Jessie, Elmer and sisters Eloise and Mae Stephens.
He is survived by daughter Kay (Shawn) Mills, and son Larry (Sharon) Marshall; grandchildren, Kristen (Jeffrey) Andrews, Allison (Benjamin) Hosea, Michaela Marshall, Tiffani (Brett) Lee, and Benjamin Marshall; great grandchildren, Tyler and Addison Andrews, Katelyn, Zackary, and Eleanor Hosea and Phoenix, Hudson, Josie, and Amelia Lee; and many nieces and nephews.
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