Marshall, John Granville

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John Granville Marshall, 96, of Pulaski, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his home. John was born on Sunday, March 14, 1915, on a farm south of Sylvatus, Va., to the late C.H. “Charlie” and Virginia Elizabeth Wright Marshall.

His first school was a one room school in Sylvatus where he walked the four miles from the farm every day. He later attended William King High School in Abingdon, Va. He volunteered for the military service in 1932 at the age of 17 and served three years with Company G. 14th Infantry at Fort Davis, Panama Canal Zone. He was discharged in 1935. He later entered the military service during World War II in 1944 and served with the 42nd Rainbow Division in the European Theatre in France, Germany and Austria. In 1945 he was honorably discharged.

In 1936 John married Myrtle Irene Osborne in Bristol, Tenn.-Va. John was in the trucking business and worked for Mason & Dixon Lines in Kingsport, Tenn., before buying his own trucks and going into business for himself. He hauled fuel oil for Oboyle Tank Lines in the Washington, D.C., area. He later bought rental apartments with his brother, Payne Marshall, at Singer Island, Fla., and along with his wife, Myrtle, managed these for over 20 years.

John and Myrtle retired to Pulaski, Va., where they were members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer and member of the JDM Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for many years. He enjoyed his family and watching professional baseball, golf and most all sports events.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Myrtle; five brothers; and eight sisters. He is survived by his sons, Charles Burton “Buck” Marshall, of Charlotte Hall, Md., John Granville Marshall Jr. and daughter-in-law, Carol, of Peoria, Ariz., and David Allen Marshall, of Pulaski, Va.; six grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and brother, Payne Marshall, of Kingsport, Tenn.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski. Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin, Va. Visiting will be held on Friday evening, July 15, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. from the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial gifts be sent to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1946 Medallion Drive, Pulaski, VA 24301.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va., 540-980-2600.