Jerry D. Marshall, 76, of Sebring, FL and formerly of Princeton, IN passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Florida.
He was born on January 16, 1940 in Pike County, Indiana to William Marshall and Lois (Newton) Russell.
Jerry was a man, in his time, playing many roles. He was a sports fan, a sportsman, a serviceman, serving in the US Navy from 1957 to 1967, a railroad man, working for Norfolk/Southern railroad for 32 years, a man’s man, a gentle man and a gentleman. He was a son, husband, father, brother, basketball player, sailor, golfer, pool player, dancer, prankster, uncle, grandfather and did I mention an avid golfer. He was a life member of the former Princeton VFW #1147. He had a deep love of classic black and white Western movies and TV shows. Those shows reflect how he lived his life. Jerry clearly saw the world in terms of right and wrong, good and bad, heroes and villains. He admired and emulated the honorable, strong, leading men who has unwavering values, did what was right even when no one was looking, did not boast, was respectful to women and after a hard day of working for all that was important to them, would gather with friends to share stories and a hoist of cold beer. He also modeled the classic Western heroes’ stoic resolve in the face of adversity. Over three decades Jerry battled cancer, a heart attack, cancer, sepsis, cancer, heart surgery, sepsis, cancer and survived a horrific train wreck. Through it all he never complained and always fought his way back and re-joined wife Beverly and his great friends at Princeton Country Club and Sun N Lake in another round of golf. His first love, Marilyn Marshall, believed this quote, written by Shakespeare, summed up Jerry Marshall. “His life was gentle and the elements so mixed up in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, this was a man.” They do not make men like this anymore and the world is a little less bright without Jerry Marshall’s smile in it. May he rest in peace.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Jewell Marshall; son and daughter-in-law, Mike (Sharon) Marshall; son and his fiancée, Mark Marshall (Paula Newnum); granddaughters, Ellie and Taylor Marshall; stepson, Jeff Jewell; step daughter, Piper Narey; several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; brothers, Jimmy Ray Marshall and Billy Joe Marshall; half-sisters, Hellen Wood and Cathy Russell.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marilyn Marshall; and a brother, Richard Marshall.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from noon until 2 PM on Thursday at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton. Military graveside services by retired military veterans.