Jan 11, 2014 11:14 PM by Heather Jackson
ARANSAS PASS - A well-known leader in our community has passed away. Charlie Marshall made a huge impact on the Aransas Pass community.
He was the founder of a local funeral home, and devoted much of his life to the education system.
"If you ever were in trouble, you wanted Charlie Marshall on your side. You did. Because he would fight for you, and he could get it done," Bridget Ramey, Granddaughter of Charlie Marshall explains.
For Rachel Adame, having Charlie Marshall in her corner was all she needed when she lost her baby girl
Rachel gave birth to a stillborn child, and covering funeral costs was the last thing she could do.
Until she found out Charlie was in her corner.
"He gave us a hug and said don't you worry about it. And that was the greatest gift that at that time anybody could have given," Rachel Adame, Aransas Pass Resident remembers.
A giving heart was what residents say defined Charlie Marshall.
All you had to do was ask, and he gave.
Even if it was just his time.
"When they were trying to save the Harbor down here, Charlie was right in the middle of it. He was at the court, he was at, everywhere," Nan Herndon, an Aransas Pass Resident says.
Even high school football games.
"Every Friday night, when the game was over and everything, he would stand there and shake every football players hands," Adame remembers.
Not only did Mr Marshall make sure he was present at the most important moments in resident's lives...he also left behind a legacy...like Charlie Marshall Funeral Home and the Charlie Marshall Elementary School.
Marshall's family say education was big for him
He sat on the Aransas Pass school board for decades.
"He was on the board of Aransas Pass Independent School District, when the school became intergrated, and it was one of the first schools in the state of Texas," his grand-daughter says.
With all of these achievements...it had to be exhausting. But Marshall's grand-daughter says he never saw it that way.
He saw it as his duty to God.
"I talked to him on the day that he went...and I said you know what pa pa..God sent you down here to do a job, your job here is done you got bigger and better things to do upstairs," Ramey says.
His funeral service will be Saturday, January 18th at 11am, hosted at First Baptist Church in Rockport. Visitation will be Thursday, from 10am-5pm, at the Charlie Marshall funeral home in Aransas Pass. Friday Jan 17, 8am-9pm - more visitation .