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Harrison L. (Hap) Marshall

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Harrison L. (Hap) Marshall

Greenville

Born on August 26, 1923, Hap was the fifth child of Brooks and Carrie Marshall.

Although born in Greenwood, he spent most of his childhood in Belton, SC, unless the family was in Cedar Mountain, NC, where goat's milk and fresh mountain air turned this sickly little boy into a strong healthy child. Surrounded by family and friends that he dearly loved, it is no wonder he was nicknamed "Hap" when quite young; his quick smile remained his lifelong trademark.

He was baptized at First Baptist Belton, graduated from Belton High School, and after two years at Furman he put his education on hold to join the few, the proud, and the brave during World War II. He returned to Furman after the war and graduated with the class of 1947, remaining a loyal Furman fan all of his life.

Hap then joined his two brothers in the chicken business, Marshall Farms, where he spent his entire career. He was called back into the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and while on active duty, on December 26, 1951, married Mary Stark Suggs from Anderson, SC, whom he loved and cherished until her death in 2006.

Away from work, Hap spent time worshiping and serving at church (First Baptist Greenville), working in the yard, battling it out on numerous courts with great tennis buddies, and cheering on the Paladins at football and basketball games. He was active in the work of United Ministries, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Furman Alumni Board, and the North Greenville Rotary Club. Cedar Mountain was his favorite destination; there he hiked, played, cleared brush, entertained, and worshiped and served at Faith Memorial Chapel. His legacy to his family, friends, and employees is one of faith in God, loyalty, gentleness, kindness, generosity, and honesty.

Hap is survived by a daughter, Mary Stark Kendrick and her husband, Richard, and their children, Sally and Harrison, of Greenville, SC, and a son, Harrison L. Marshall, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, and their children, Kate and Betsy, of Charlotte, NC, and many nieces and nephews, more than one of whom claims to have been his favorite.

We are so grateful to Danielle Rosemond, Shannon Jackson, and Tommy Jackson whose faithful and loving service made it possible to keep Daddy at home until his death.

There will be a private graveside service for the extended family at Old Silver Brook Cemetery in Anderson, SC, with Rev. Toni Plowden Pate officiating. A memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Greenville, with Dr. Baxter Wynn and Rev. Kyle Matthews officiating. Members of the M.T. Anderson Class will serve as honorary pall bearers. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. in the narthex of the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Faith Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 10444, Greenville SC29603; First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC 29601; or The Salvation Army, 417 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC 29609.

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Published in The Greenville News from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2014
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