Hal S. Marchman

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Hal S. Marchman, 89, died peacefully Sunday surrounded by the love of family and friends. He was born Hal Strickland Marchman, Jr. to Hal and Flossie Marchman on April 12, 1919, in Veazy, Ga. After high school, Hal attended business college in North Carolina and worked as a traveling salesman. During this time he met and married the person he considered the most beautiful and wonderful woman in the world, and the greatest blessing of his life, Mary Mathis. Hal served in the Submarine Service from 1944-1946. After his discharge, he moved with Mary and their daughter Anne to Daytona Beach and bought a grocery store on Beach Street. Only a few months later, Hal answered his call to the ministry, sold his store and enrolled at Stetson University along with Mary. After graduation, he continued his education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Hal was pastor of Eminence Baptist Church until 1959 when he was called as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. He served there for 28 years until his retirement in 1987. In retirement, Hal became a part-time lobbyist for several non-profit organizations. He traveled with Mary and cherished his time with her at their home on the St. John's River. He also continued his ministry to the NASCAR community that he began shortly after moving to Daytona Beach. Hal was generously recognized during his years in the community, but especially meaningful to him was the establishment of the Marchman Chair for Civic and Social Responsibility at Stetson University. Hal always believed that he had the best of everything; his family, his friends, his church, his home and the schools he attended. He thought the Daytona Beach community was the "greatest place in the world." Hal used his God-given gift of loving people unconditionally to live out his call to serve his fellow man, much to the benefit to all who knew and loved him. Of his many wonderful qualities, none outshone his love of children. He treasured his time spent at Central Baptist Church Camp and was the most outstanding and enthusiastic grandfather. Hal is survived by his daughter, Anne M. Jones, Maplewood, Minn.; granddaughter, Katie Khera and her husband, Wilbert van de Pietermann; and great-granddaughter, Meghana, Morgan Hill, Calif.; granddaughter Meg Pokorny and her husband, Tom; and great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Leah, Port Orange, Fla. Also surviving are brother and sister-in-law, Percy and Vicki Marchman; brother, Ray Marchman; sisters, Willene Lockery and Naomi Credille; family friend, Albert Jones; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Marchman; brothers-in-law, Bill Credille and Dave Lockery; and sister-in-law, Margaret Marchman. Suggested memorials are: The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129; Stewart-Marchman Center, Inc., 214 Loomis Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114; or Central Baptist Church, 142 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2009, at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Harrell officiating. Services have been entrusted to Pinello Funeral Home, 1036 Derbyshire Rd., Daytona Beach, FL 32117. 386-252-7777.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2009
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