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John Marshall Acee Jr.

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John Marshall Acee Jr. Obituary
John Marshall

Acee Jr.

Charlotte - John Marshall Acee Jr., a man known and loved for his integrity and commitment to the welfare of others, died Saturday November 16, 2013 in Charlotte, N.C.

Marshall was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Asheville, N.C., to John Marshall Acee and Evelyn (Boots) Acee. The Acees, who were among the first settlers in Western North Carolina, had deep roots in Asheville, and Marshall took great pride in that. One honor that came from being part of Asheville's history was membership in the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards, a service organization that began before World War II.

Marshall followed his father and grandfather by attending UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation, he took a job in Asheville with the brokerage firm of McCarley & Company, where he traded OTC stocks and became a vice president of the firm.

In 1968 Marshall married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy (DeeDee) Morrison, who remained the love of his life for 45 years.

While living in Asheville, Marshall and his family attended Trinity Episcopal Church, where he was baptized and grew up as an active member serving on the Vestry, as Junior Warden, and on a Search Committee.

In 1979 McCarley & Co. was bought by Interstate Securities bringing Marshall and his family to Charlotte. In a series of mergers the company later became Interstate/Johnson Lane, then Wachovia, then Wells Fargo. Marshall retired in 2002 from his securities work under Wachovia Securities as a senior vice president.

Jim Morgan, former chairman and CEO of Wachovia Securities, remembers Marshall as a genuine servant leader and a shrewd trader of equity securities who was beloved throughout the company.

"His commitment to the 'good of the whole' was unwavering, and he always placed the welfare of others above his own welfare. He was a consummate steward of our corporate resources and managed one of the most important profit centers and service areas in the entire firm," Morgan said.

"His honesty and his integrity were beyond reproach. He was a gentleman, a tenacious and tireless worker, a professional in the highest sense and a blessing to all who knew him."

While in Charlotte, Marshall and his family became very involved in the life of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Marshall again served on the Vestry and on a Search Committee, as well as making many mission trips with his family to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

Marshall's great passion was working with the Lakota Sioux Native Americans in South Dakota. He formed many close friendships with the people he met and worked with on the reservation, and he became an inspiration to others in the church who came to share his dedication to their Lakota friends.

Marshall served on the Saint Peter's Hospital Fund, the Kanuga Conference Center Board of Visitors and the Kanuga Garrett Memorial Fund. He was a member of the Charlotte Philatelic Society and the Piedmont Archaeological Society.

Marshall gathered friends wherever he went and easily made conversation with anyone.

Surviving Marshall are his wife, Dorothy (DeeDee) Morrison Acee; his daughter, Dorothy Thomas, and her husband, Scott; his son, the Rev. John M. Porter-Acee III, and his wife, Whitney; and four grandchildren, William and Anna Thomas and Jack and Lou Porter-Acee. Marshall is also survived by his sister, Terry Acee Clark, and brother, Gilbert Morris Acee.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Tuesday November 19, 2013 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church located at 1510 E 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your choice of these places that Marshall loved:

The Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, 500 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6814.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Kanuga Conferences, P.O Box 250, Hendersonville, NC 28793-0250. T.H. Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2013
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