Charlie Marshall, 80, of Tullahoma, passed away on Sunday, June 14th at the Life Care Center of Tullahoma .
A life-long resident of Tullahoma, Charlie was born in Ducktown TN on January 27th, 1935 to the late William Robert and Ebba Skullman Marshall.
Charlie graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1953 and attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Charlie graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis in 1960. On October 8th, 1960, Charlie married Tullahoma native Sarah Shapard. After the wedding, Charlie and Sarah moved to Mineral Wells, TX where Charlie served as a Captain in the United States Army Dental Corp.
After completing his military service, Charlie returned to his native Tullahoma and built a successful dental practice while also continuing his ancestral background of serving the community. As the great grandson of Tullahoma’s first elected mayor, William Alexander Marshall, he had a passion for public service. In 1979, Charlie was elected to serve as a Tullahoma City Alderman and did so with distinction. Charlie’s interest in education can be traced back to his grandfather, William Robert Marshall, who served as Chairman of the school board for several years. Charlie served multiple terms on the Tullahoma School Board and served as Board Chairman in 1984 – 1988. During his time on the school board, Tullahoma City Schools were continuously ranked as one of the top school systems in the state of Tennessee. Charlie also served on the Tullahoma Utilities Board.
Charlie was an avid golfer at Lakewood Country Club and proud supporter of the University of Tennessee football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Charlie is lovingly remembered for his devotion and support of his four children. He traveled across the southeast attending countless swim meets, football games, gymnastic competitions, basketball games, golf tournaments, cross country meets and baseball games all while meeting the demands of his profession and public service.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife Sarah, his four children: Marilyn (Marty) Gulley of Tullahoma TN, Bob (Lea Ann) Marshall of Signal Mt. TN, Emily (Danny) Owens of Tullahoma TN, Bill (Michelle) Marshall of Nashville TN; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie (Crawford) Parrish, David Burns, Sarah Burns, Robert Marshall, Parker Marshall, Meg Marshall, Lily Marshall, Natalie Rayfield, Jill Rayfield, Izzy Marshall, Abby Marshall and Charlie Marshall and one great grandchild, Crawford Lee Parrish III (Tripp).
Visitation will be held on Wednesday June 17th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Tullahoma Funeral Home.
A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church.
For those who wish, donations in Charlie’s memory can be made to the Tullahoma Animal Shelter Fund (PO Box 807, Tullahoma, TN 37388), First United Methodist Church (208 West Lauderdale St., Tullahoma, TN 37388) or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to recognize the Life Care Center of Tullahoma and thank them for the excellent care Charlie received while he was at their facility.