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Marshall Wilson Jones

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Marshall Wilson Jones Obituary
Marshall Wilson Jones of Rehoboth Beach, surrounded by his loving family, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of the late Arthur R. and Martha L. (Collins) Jones. Born on March 10, 1936 in Ellendale. Marshall Jones was 80 years old.

Marshall Jones was born and raised in Ellendale. He graduated from Milford High School in 1954, where he was All-State in football and also played baseball. He attended the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in education, graduating in 1958. He later earned his Masters of Education in Administration from the University of Delaware. Marshall Jones was active in ROTC during his college years, enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation and attended basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He then served in the Delaware National Guard for several years following his service in the Army.

Mr. Jones began his career in the Cape district in 1959 teaching fifth and sixth grades at Rehoboth Elementary School. Several years later he moved to what is now the Indian River School District, where he was principal of John M. Clayton and Frankfort elementary schools. In 1971, Mr. Jones moved back to the Cape area, when the Milton, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach school districts consolidated, becoming the Cape Henlopen School District. At that time, he accepted the position of Supervisor of Elementary Education and Special Programs for the newly formed school district. In the late 1970s, Mr. Jones became the director of kindergarten through grade 12 for that district. He then became the assistant superintendent in 1980. In 1992, Mr. Jones became the acting and then interim superintendent for the Cape Henlopen School District. He retired in 1995 after 36 years in his educational career.

Marshall and his wife Sallie resided in the home they built in Henlopen Acres. He was the treasurer for the Henlopen Acres Beach Club, and served as a member of the Henlopen Acres Board of Adjustment. Marshall was an avid gardener, designing and creating flower beds that captured the imagination with sky-high sunflowers, vegetables, statues and garden arches surrounded by well-manicured lawns. He also enjoyed birds, music, skiing, sports and had been a dedicated Little League coach when his son Jeff played. Marshall was a loyal University of Delaware football fan; having been a lifelong season-ticket holder. His most precious times, however, were those spent with his close-knit family. Marshall Wilson Jones, husband, father, granddad, friend, and more, treasured his family gatherings. Most memorable are the bountiful Thanksgiving dinners and lovely summer suppers overlooking his resplendent gardens. Spending sunny days at the beach club was an annual family highlight. The loving mentor and patriarch of the Jones family, Marshall Wilson Jones will be deeply missed and cherished always.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his sister, Katherine French. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Sallie (Wagamon) Jones; his daughter, Debbie Ohlmacher and her husband Bill of Bethesda, Md.; his sons: Jeff Jones and his wife Nancy of Los Gatos, Calif., and John Jones and his wife Paula of Kensington, Md.; his grandchildren: Scott Ohlmacher and his wife Charmaine, Megan Ohlmacher, David Jones, Mary Jones, and the newest addition, 6-month-old Daphne Jones; and not to be forgotten, his loyal Havanese, Zoey.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 4, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel. Burial followed the services at Epworth Methodist Cemetery, Henlopen Avenue, Rehoboth Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest contributions in Mr. Jones' memory to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery in support of Dr. Andrew Cameron. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University and forward to: Bridget Cashen, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 550 North Broadway, Suite 722, Baltimore, MD, 21205. To make an online gift via credit card, please visit: https://secure.jhu.edu/form/surgery. Contributions can also be made to the Beebe School of Nursing: Beebe Healthcare, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in care of the Medical Foundation at 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

Please visit Mr. Jones's life memorial Wwebpage and sign his online guest book at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Sussex Countian from Mar. 8 to Mar. 17, 2017
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