Charles Jim Marsh, December 7, 1933-May 18, 2008.
Jim Marsh made his transition from this life to the next this past Sunday morning.
Jim died as he lived, surrounded by loving family and friends. Jim will be remembered as a person who could make you feel like you were the only person in a room of hundreds. He touched the lives of thousands of people.
Jim grew up in Hueytown, Alabama, where he played baseball, basketball, and football at Hueytown High. He was all conference in football his senior year. Jim played football at Howard College catching his first collegiate touchdown pass from ''Little All American Quarterback'' Bobby Bowden. He graduated from Howard College, now Samford University in Birmingham. After College he was pastor of several Baptist Churches in central Alabama. While in college he expressed his love for music, singing bass for the Singing Ministers Quartet. He graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Masters Degree in Theology. He did Post graduate study at the international Baptist Seminary in Rushlikon, Switzerland. He moved to Bradenton, Fla. from Panama City, Fla. where he was the Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church for several years. He was the Professor of Speech and Religion at Manatee Community College for 34 years. During this time, he became the Senior Minister of Longboat Island Chapel, a community church where he served for 25 years. He served a total of 55 years in various pastorates in Alabama and Florida. While at the Chapel, he was President of the International Council of Community Churches for four years. He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. He retired from The Chapel in 2003, giving him an opportunity to pursue his passion for the sea. He was an avid yachtsman, owning several sea-worthy sailing vessels. On the sea he lived on the edge, facing many harrowing moments as he rode out violent storms. He broke his neck, while on his favorite boat in 1985, but did not let that deter him from his passion. Jim will be remembered as a loyal friend, a caring pastor, a loving husband and father, a brilliant teacher and speaker par excellence.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Jackson and Zelma Huey Marsh; brother, Jack Huey Marsh; sister-in-law, Katherine Jennings Marsh; Aunt Ruby Huey Byrd and Nephew Randall Conway Marsh.
He is survived by his Wife, Claire Joan Gilmer Marsh; sister, Mary Nell Marsh Burton & brother-in-laws, Raymond Eugene Burton & Charles Thomas Gilmer; daughter, Janet Claire Marsh King; son, John David Marsh; son-in-law, James King; granddaughters, Lindsey Chadwell, Kailey Marsh, Kara Marsh, Kristin Marsh; step-sons, John Stanton Rollins, Thomas Gilmer Rollins; step-daughter-in-law, Tamara Ann Rollins; step-grandchildren, John Travis Rollins, Chelsea Summer Rollins, Savannah Claire Rollins;
step-great-grandchild, Maile Summer Rollins; nieces, Vicki Ann Marsh Covington, Haden Marsh, Marsha Beth Burton Clark, Julie Burton Mott; great-nieces, Kim Marsh Cornett, Gaines Marsh, Ashley Covington Kuehl, Kate Marsh Upton, Laura Covington, Brittney Kuehl Clark, Taylor Burton Mott; great-nephews, Jack Huey and Eliot Cornet.
The Memorial and Celebration Service will be Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, Florida 34228, with Rev. Kenneth Gill officiating. Visitation starts at 2:00 p.m. followed by the service at 4:00 p.m.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207 in charge of arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Longboat Island Chapel for The Reverend Charles ''Jim'' Marsh Memorial Fund. Funds are designated for local ministries.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on May 21, 2008