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.

  1. Nina Radford says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. May the sweet memories you share of your loved one be a comfort to you during this difficult time. Condolences, Maurice & Nina Radford

  2. LARRY BROWN says:

    SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST I AM SURE HE WAS A GREAT MAN ,JUST LIKE HIS BROTHER MY UNCLE ELMER NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM I AM SURE HE HAS GONE HOME TO BE WITH THE REST OF HIS FAMILY IN GOD’S HOUSE .HE MAY BE GONE BUT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.SENDING PRAYER’S TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIEND’S MAY HE REST HIGH ON THAT MOUNTAIN TILL YOU SEE HIM AGAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE ONE DAY,GOD HAS TAKEN HOME ANOTHER ANGEL,AMEN

  3. Sam Snow says:

    I worked at the PNJ with Mr. Marshall.
    Rest In Peace, Sir.
    My condolences to his family.

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