James Edwin Marshall, 81, of Tyler, passed away to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
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Born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Hartley, he was the son of Leonard and Ruby Marshall. James was married to Shirley Jean Clem on Dec. 23, 1953.
James joined the United States Air Force at age 17, and proudly served his country for 16 years. While serving, James attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he played baseball, and also attended Syracuse University in New York.
James was passionate about aviation. Since he was a boy, he dreamed of someday being a pilot. After he was honorably discharged from the Air Force, where he flew B-52 bombers, he continued to pursue his passion of flight as a captain with United Airlines, and he flew the friendly skies for 27 years.
When he wasn't flying or talking about flying, he enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren, traveling in his RV, playing with his dog and loving on his great-grandchildren.
Mr. Marshall was very involved in the community, participating in Promise Keepers' Million Man March, being an emergency volunteer with the Red Cross, delivering Meals on Wheels, helping with prison ministry and was a deacon in his church. He was a member of Friendly Baptist Church, and a former member of Sharon Baptist Church.
James Marshall is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Jean Marshall.
He is also survived by his children, Karen and Alan Gershanov, of Colorado, Jim and Jayna Marshall, of Washington, Michael and Rochelle Marshall, of Washington, Shirley Anne and Clint Skidmore, of Longview, and Teresa and Wade Harris, of Tyler. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Russell, Ray Blevins, Richard Minter, Don Blevins, Clint Skidmore, Wade Harris and Alan Gershanov.
Services will be held at Sharon Baptist Church in New Chapel Hill. A luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. and visitation starting at 12:30 p.m., with the service following at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A private interment will be held after the service for the family at the gravesite.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 31, 2014