Benjamin Marcum (1943 - 2014)

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PRICHARD, W.Va. — Benjamin W. Marcum, 70, of Prichard, went to be with the Lord Tues., Feb. 4, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Ben was born Dec. 28, 1943, in Logan County, to Hezekiah and Avis Cox Marcum, both of whom preceded him in death.

Ben, who had a vibrant and enthusiastic personality, was a graduate of Vinson High School and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Marshall University. After teaching school for a few years, Ben worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for more than 30 years. He was a member of Buffalo Valley Missionary Baptist Church. He had a passion for outdoor activities, history, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lauren Hartzog Marcum, and their three sons and their wives: Andrew (Brenda) Marcum of Prichard, Jeremiah (Sarah) Marcum of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Zachary (Andrea) Marcum of Lavalette; two grandsons who were the delight of his life: Benjamin "Little Ben" and Jacob Marcum of Prichard; one sister, Linda (Eugene) Parsons of Wayne; a special cousin who was like a sister, Shirley (Ercel) Sias of South Point, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, Joe (Lana) Hartzog of Bluefield, Va., and Jeff (Gwen) Hartzog of Williamsburg, Va.; several nieces and nephews, Twig (Lara) Dixon, Julie (Chip) Hurley, Michael (Loree) Hartzog, Jeffrey (Amber) Hartzog, Josh (Erica) Hartzog, and Scott (Cassie) Parsons and several great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two aunts, Lavonne Mayo of Pataskala, Ohio, and Lillian Horn of Massillon, Ohio, and several special cousins.

A "Celebration of Life" in honor of Ben will be held at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 8, at Buffalo Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 872 Buffalo Creek Road, Huntington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Ceredo-Kenova Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Ceredo is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Williamson Daily News from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2014