Monday, January 24, 2011

Heaven Has a New Resident, We Shall Miss Him Here on Earth

Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence


It is with a very heavy heart, and few words, I share with you the loss of James William Marshall II born March 9, 1930 who died this morning, January 24, 2011.

Jim was married to Marilyn in 1951 and they had 4 children.  Their only daughter is the mother of my nephew.

Jim was a special person, like a second father to me.  He was a prison counselor, high school history teacher, school administrator, special education consultant, he had a BS in history/education, and a MA in education administration, soft spoken, well read, a communicator.  Jim helped me during some crisis times in my life, he was my guiding light during those dark times.

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His daughter's words on the event of his birthday, March 2009, say so much:

MY DAD - AN ONLY DAUGHTER'S PROSPECTIVE
I AM AWFUL AT RHYMING SO BARE WITH ME AS I GIVE THIS A TRY.


I DON'T EVER REMEMBER MY DADDY SPANKING ME SO I HAD NO REASON TO CRY.


I REMEMBER PRYING OPEN YOUR EYELIDS IN THE MORNING ASKING “are you in there?” LOOKING INTO YOUR EYES!


I LOVED OUR NIGHT DRIVES TO KENTUCKY AS A CHILD, WITH ME AS YOUR CO-PILOT (“future dispatcher?”) AND MOM AND THE BOYS ASLEEP IN THE BACK.


AS THE YEARS HAVE FLOWN BY YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE WITH COMPASSION AND ACCEPTANCE DESPITE THE CURVE BALLS I THREW YOU KEPT ME ON TRACK.


WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE HERE AT HOME WITH US SO YOU CAN BE A BIGGER PART OF OUR LIVES.


YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER YOUR FAMILY THAT SURROUNDS YOU WITH LOVE EVEN THE ONES WITH HIVES!


YOU HAVE ASTOUNDED US WITH YOUR PERSEVERENCE DESPITE YOUR STRIFE.


YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR ENTRY INTO THE NINTH DECADE OF LIFE!


All my love, Deeba
March 7, 2009


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Rest in Peace my dear one, we are sad to see you go, enjoy your peace.  Heaven just gained a new wonderful resident. They are the lucky ones today.


6 comments:

lindalee said...

I am very sorry for your loss. You are right on target....heaven has gained a most important new resident and he will continue to be your guilding light from above.

Nita said...

Sorry to hear this. He sounds like a great guy, and I'm sure he will be missed by all who loved him.

Nolichucky Roots said...

What a treasure to have had in your life and the lives of all those who knew him. You will surely miss him. My prayers for all of you.

Barbara Poole said...

Jim sounds like a wonderful person, and I can see why you all liked him. And, what jobs he held, all so important to society. I'm sure he will be missed by all. My condolences are sent your way.

Greta Koehl said...

My condolences - it's always a heavy loss when wonderful personalities such as this leave us.

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Carol, I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.