October 26, 1931 - July 28, 2014
FLOWERY BRANCH, GA- John Marion, age 82, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on July 28, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014 from the Chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home. Rev. Dave Channell will officiate. The family will receive friends 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home.
John was born on October 26, 1931 to Grace Hughes and Duke Marion. When his father passed away prematurely, John left school in the eighth grade to help support his mother and brothers. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1950. As a machine gun unit leader, he served his country in the assault and seizure of Inchon, the capture and securing of Seoul, the Wosan-Hungnam-Chosin campaign and operations against the enemy in South and Central Korea. As a Purple Heart recipient and earning the rank of sergeant, John returned to the US and served an additional four years in the USMC Reserves. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1959.
His professional life began as a salesman for E.J. Smith & Sons in Charlotte, NC. With George and Wayne Smith as mentors, John rose in the company ranks until he became President of Sedco, Inc., a subsidiary of E.J. Smith & Sons, founded in Atlanta. After retiring, John remained active on the Board of Directors and as a consultant for Sedco, Inc. until his death.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joseph Gene Marion, Duke (Buck) Marion, and daughters Lynda Anne Marion and Lisa Carol Marion Parker.
John leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife and best friend of 40 years, Cathy Elkins Marion, daughter Sharyn Eleanor Marion, grandchildren Matthew Parker (Kelsie), Jonathan Parker (Alania), Olivia Marion Rothgeb, and Sydney Marion Rothgeb, great-grandchildren Brody Parker and Max Boyles Parker, mother-in-law Elizabeth Ross Elkins, brother-in-law Dell Elkins (Debbie), sister-in-law Mildred Yandle Marion, and many devoted nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to extend our special love and appreciation to Dr. Range, Dr. Ballard, and Emily Barnes, RN.
Everyone who knows John is asked to celebrate his life in their own way. Raising a glass of their favorite beverage in his memory would be appropriate. John wished that any memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (Woundedwarriorproject.org) and Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Inc.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements. Send on-line condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542
Published in The Telegraph on July 30, 2014