James W. Marshall, 87, died Jan. 1, 2004, at Bell Trace Health and Living Center in Bloomington, Ind.
Born May 20, 1916, he was the son of Will and Josie Shawcrass Marshall, he was born and raised in the Church of the Brethren in Anderson, Ind., and spent his adult years making music in the service of the Lord. His voice was his instrument and he took every opportunity to use it, whether in the choir, a quartet or solo.
He married Anna Mae Clem Oct. 17, 1941, while he was in the service at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. To this union were two boys were born -- James I. Marshall and Thomas J. Marshall. Jim married Lynette P. Brown in September 1976, and Tom married Janice L. Williams in October 1984. He had three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Kevin and his wife, Tara, live in Anderson and have two children -- Gavin 4, and Sydni, 1-1/2; Norman and his wife, Chris, live in Zanesfield, Ohio, and have three children -- Zane, 11, Zoey, 5, and Zayla, 3; and Kelly lives in Bloomington, Ind. He loved each one. He had two sisters -- Mary Bell Crim and India May Elsea. Both preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife in February 2001.
In March of 1977, the Marshalls retired -- Anna Mae from GM and James from Sears -- and moved to Cherokee Village They attended Grace Evangelical Free Church in Cherokee Village and Marshall was active in the church. While in Arkansas, he formed a barbershop quartet, the "Senior Class." In December of 1997, they moved to Bloomington to be close to their eldest son, Jim. In Bloomington they attended United Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service was at the Church of the Brethren in Anderson Jan. 18 with arrangements were under the direction of Allen Funeral Home of Bloomington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.