John Devereux Marshall

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John Devereux Marshall, 71, of Johns Creek was born in Olympia, Wash., to Frederic Devereux Marshall and Helen Theresa Marshall, tragically passed away July 24, 2014. His kind nature, enthusiasm, good humor and "glass half full" approach to life will be sorely missed.
He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1964 and West Virginia University College of Law in 1967. After law school, he served in the Army as a Captain, Judge Advocate General from 1967-1971, stationed at Fort Stewart in Hinesville and Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.
Upon completion of his service, he continued his career for 40 plus years as an attorney specializing in labor law. He enjoyed golf, sailing, political history, following the local sports teams and too much more to list. He was an active member of his local church, First Redeemer Church, and devoted to the Lord.
He is survived by his fiancée, Paula Rayl; his two children, Bruce Marshall and Beth Dorian; daughter-in-law and son-in-law, Maria Marshall and David Dorian; his ex-wife and mother of their two children, Cheryl Ryans; grandchildren, Amanda Marshall, 12, Thomas Marshall, 8, Ella Marshall, 3, and Bryce Dorian, 4; as well as his four sisters, Nancy Marshall, Mary Jane Ewing, Patricia Nothstein, and Carol Ann Marshall. He also leaves behind his beloved companion "Taylor", who is an 11-year-old golden retriever he adopted just last year.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at the McDonald and Son Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to "Sanctuary for Senior Dogs" at or to P.O. Box 609054, Cleveland, OH 44109
Condolences may be expressed online at
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2014
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