John Marion, age 82, of Flowery Branch passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on July 28, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, from the Chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home. The Rev. Dave Channell will officiate. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Memorial Park South Funeral Home.
John was born on Oct. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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, N.C. 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, GA 30542, is in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home
4121 Falcon Parkway
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on July 31, 2014