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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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March 13, 2019
Rev. Hal Marchman was Uncle Hal to me ~ the first born of the 5 children of Flossie and Hal Marchman (my Gramma and Pop). He and Mary were, both, amazing people. Hal was ONE OF A KIND in his personality, voice, love, caring, determination, Christian walk, and Humanity. His life verse was his creed and the way he lived; Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Until the day I go HOME, also, I Miss you and forever I Love you!
Martha Willene Lockery Nelson
Martha Nelson
Family
April 16, 2009
A good man, a good friend - you'll be greatly missed.
Kind regards,
Bill, Terry and Chad Honeycutt
Bill Honeycutt
April 7, 2009
Preacher Hal and Central Baptist Church were a big part of my families lives while I was growing up. I have so many wonderful memories; youth choir, church camp, going to that place across the river for ice cream after choir practice and always Preacher Hal was there. He performed the wedding service for my sister and for my wife and I. He performed the funeral service for my mother and father. I will miss him but take great comfort in knowing Heaven has a new angel.

Peace and Shalom.
Mark DeBord
March 22, 2009
What a great friend to everyone. I'll miss Hal very much as many will.
Terry Moretz
March 21, 2009
I was sadden to hear of Hal's passing. We know he is in a much better place. I grew up at Central and was married by Hal. He was a great inspiration to me. I will always remember church camp and the fun I had. My husband and I looked forward to hearing preacher pray at the races...we would bragged to our friends "We know him!"
God Bless. With Love,
Brenda Williams Demianych
March 21, 2009
You have inspired and touched so many lives during your journey. Project WARM will miss your visits, but your love will live on!! God Bless the Marchman Family and Be Strong.
Project WARM Family
March 21, 2009
Preacher Hal was a very important part of my families life. I adored this man. He helped my mother adopt me when I was eight years old. He helped me and my family in so many ways. I loved him like a father. He and my mom, Flo were very good friends. My memories are so many as a kid. Church camp, the NASCAR races when he would bring a bus load of us kids to see the races, and his involvement with the youth at Central. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. He is in heaven with many wonderful people, my mom, Flo and step dad Jim Hughes. Mostly, with his beloved Mary.
Tina (Shelar) Papa
March 21, 2009
Dear family of Hal Marchman, Both of my parents attened Central Baptist Church when they first moved to Daytona Beach in 1968. We moved from Birmingham,Alabama.He was the most kindest person they every meet. He asked my mom to be a Sunday School teacher for the 4-years old. She loved every minute of it. My parents stayed at Central Baptist until my sister moved to California. They never moved back to Daytona Beach. My parents moved back to Florida and lived in the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale area until they both passed on. I never moved from Dayton and would run into Hal, and he would asked me about my parents. When my mom passed away I Called him up told him that she had passed away, this was in August,1986. My parents was members of a church in Hollywood Fla. He sent the most beautiful letter to our family. I'll never will forget.My prayers are with the family . My parents was Betty and Richard McMath.
Becky McMath Brown
March 20, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers for you Preacher Hal with many fond memories of camp and youth choir,
Our Church bus ( driven by Elliot Chesnut) for a trip to Atlanta in 1974, and years of going to the Daytona Bch. Speedway.
Thank you and Mary for your kindness to all.
Susie Willis Rae & Tanya A. Wilhelm
Tanya Wilhelm
March 20, 2009
I met this wonderful and inspiring man on several occasions. I was getting my degree in Human Services with an Addictions Specialization and I did my internships with Stewart-Marchman and the Volusia County Drug Court. That is how I came to meet him. Those who society would rather lock up or look away from, he embraced them. He never saw a loser he saw someone who had just lost their way. This man is why many substance abusers (alcohol and narcotics) are now positive credits to the world instead of negative burdens. Through the Stewart-Marchman organization he gave scholarships to many deserving students who went on to make a difference in people’s lives. You could feel love and understanding emanate from this man by just being in his presence. He will be missed.
Sandra Rose
March 20, 2009
My Uncle Hal was, of course, one of a kind. His unconditional love for everyone was the result of his daily walk with his Jesus. Uncle Hal knew that faith in Jesus is a relationship, not a religion of do's and don'ts.
His rich voice was immediately recognizable and unique. His soft Georgia drawl was a comfort and joy to me. He was one of the wisest men I ever knew~~got a lot of that from his Mama, Flossie, and his Daddy, Hal, my Pop and Gramma. He stepped into Heaven the moment he left this world, not because of all the wonderful things he was and did (he will be rewarded for those), but because he put his faith in the only One who can promise eternity in Heaven, JESUS CHRIST.
My deepest sympathies to you, Anne, your girls, and your grandchildren. My prayers are with you. I know he is better off but the world will be a little less loving, a little less cheerful, and a little less bright without him. I wish I could have been with you for his Home-Going Celebration.
There is a reunion going on in Heaven right now that would blow your socks off!!!
Uncle Hal, we'll see you on the other side "In The Sweet By and By". Until then, we'll miss you.
Martha Nelson
March 20, 2009
Preacher, I Love You. You and Mary made a huge impact on my life. I'm glad I had time with you to let you know how much you two meant to me and how much I loved you . The memories of Central will be with me forever. Thank you for sharing Ann with me. She is a reflection of you and Mary. I'm proud to have been a part of your lives. Thank you for all you did for me and my family through the years. I will miss you. Till we meet again...
Constance Lynady Brzuska
March 19, 2009
Uncle Hal married my husband and I and my parents! He and Mary were like part of our Sizemore family in Daytona. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Know that he is in a better place and surrounded by family and friends.
Tori Sizemore Lehman
March 19, 2009
Dear Family,
Rev. HAL WAS ONE OF A KIND.
So full of life, always smiling, and that twinkle in his eyes. It seems like yesterday when I first met him. I believe he made everyone feel they were important. He will be forever missed. Our prayers and sympathy to all of you. Gail & Don O'Kelley
Gail O'Kelley
March 19, 2009
I never had the honor of meeting Rev. Marchman but I remember him as being a big part of the NASCAR community. God Be with him in his new home with his heavenly father.
Joe Lent
March 19, 2009
What a blessing to have known Hal as pastor and friend since my teenage years. He was a great inspiration to the teens that were priveledged to have him at summer camp. He will be dearly missed, but he is where he always strived to be, with his Lord. You probably know my Mom Gertrude Gillen "Granny" from Central. My sincere sympathy to all the family. Jean Russell (Sheppard)Palm Bay, FL
Jean Russell
March 19, 2009
Dear Family,
As a life long resident of the Daytona area, I knew the name Hal Marchman as a household word. His legend grew as we watched him perform God's work, touching so many lives.
May God grant you the peace of knowing the wondrous impact he had on people close to him and on complete strangers.
Cathy Boyle
March 19, 2009
Larry Strickland
March 19, 2009
March 18, 2009
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Nancy Kelley
March 18, 2009
Dear Meg, Tom, Alyssa, Leah, and Anne,

Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We know how much you will miss Hal here with you. His enthusiasm with the children, patience, and genuine love for them was something to behold. He treated all children as well as his own. Hal's amazing voice will ring clear in many minds for a lifetime. Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of knowing him. Although he is dearly missed, sweet Grandmary has him back in her arms.
Jose', Rene', Carli, & Isabel Castillon
March 18, 2009
Hal was such a wonderful friend, leader, and example for all. He and Mary have been in my life since I was a teen. He helped me through many trials. It didn't matter that I didn't see them for a long period of time, when we would meet they always remembered my family. I even called him one day and ask him to marry my husband and me on Christmas Eve after the service, He didn't hestitate. He always made time for others. I will miss knowing he will not be there.
Your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless
Claudia Savage
March 18, 2009
Hal and Mary Marchman were sweet, caring people. "Preacher" led me to the Lord and that changed my life. I am grateful to have many wonderful memories of them.
Sandy Metts Blue
March 18, 2009
Rev.Marchman touched my life 30 yrs. ago, and continued to do so on & off ever since. I will remember him with fond memories & with great respect & admiration for his service to our community. He will surly be missed by many!!!
Trish Arthurs
March 18, 2009
Dear Ann,

Oh what a sweetheart of a man!
My family dearly loved him and
will miss his sweet smile. He was
always the nicest man and our
hearts go out to you and your
family.

Thank you for sharing him with
a zillion people who loved him.

Sherry Butler Davis
Bobbie Butler Norton
Mrs. Chuck Butler
March 18, 2009
To the Marchman Family,

What can be said about Preacher Hal that hasn't already been said already...he was one of a kind that doesn't come around often.

Preacher was a wonderful Man of God who always tried to minister to those who were less fortunate...he was a devoted father and Pastor who we will never forget.

My mother (Betty Edwards) was the Choir Director at Central Baptist and my dad (Ron) was a deacon....they both loved Preacher Hal and Mary plus all of the wonderful Christian church members....my dad recently passed on (Oct 2008) and I know he and Preacher are together in heaven laughing and telling funny stories.

As a young adult we all had the privledge of attending Church camp...but we were not always on our best behavior and one night Preacher caught the boys running around the girls cabins acting stupid...he made us go to the shower room area and sit down while he yelled and preached for a long time....we couldn't get out of there fast enough...but it left a lasting impression on us that Preacher Hal wouldn't tolerate that kind of activity...trust me we never did that again.

Also....we had a Church League softball and basketball team....we usually one the leagues....had a lot of outstanding athletes in the church and we had a blast....I miss those times and one of those athlete's was one of my best friends who as a Daytona Beach Police Officer was killed in the line of duty (Sam Etheridge)

Preacher Hal and Judge Stewart were instrumental in forming one of the most respected drug and alcohol treatment centers in the country. As a retired Deputy Sheriff I can remember all of the times that this center kept its doors open to those who were in need.

We can all rejoice that Preacher Hal is in a better place but our prayers are with the family now.

God Bless!

The Edwards Family
(Betty, Ken, Joanne & Glenn)
CW4 Ken W. Edwards
March 18, 2009
I can thank Mr Marchman as he was helpful to me during my teen years. He left a significant impact on me.
Bob Gilray
March 18, 2009
I know Uncle Hal will be sorely missed in Daytona. I will not make it to the funeral, but Anne and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Mary, my dad, Uncle Bill, Aunt Margaret, and Katherine have met Uncle Hal in heaven. What a family reunion!!
Mary Blackwell
March 18, 2009
My husband and I were good friends with Hal and Mary. We met them when we went to Oak Hill,FL Baptist church right after we finished seminary. They were very helpful to us in our ministry. I will never forget either of them. We loved them so much. What a heritage this family has. Sincerely, Amelia Zeigler Paulk (wife of the late Felix T. Zeigler)
Amelia Zeigler Paulk
March 18, 2009
Preacher, You were a wonderful man who has done so much for so many. I am sure there is a special place in Heaven for you. I can not imagine my childhood with out you and Church Camp. I am so thankful that you where a part of my life.
Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton
March 18, 2009
Amazing person we all had the fortunate pleasure to know. My family & I shared many wonderful years with him at Central Baptist Church. He will be dearly missed:(
Missy Meincke Taliercio
March 18, 2009
Preacher will be dearly missed. The Ladas Family owes so much to Hal. Thanks for all the great times and growth at Church Camp.
Mark & Stacy Ladas
March 18, 2009
I was fortunate to have shared a very loyal and true friendship with Hal, along with the many of our community who also were touched by his friendship and well-being. He will be sorely missed by each of us.
Helene Roberson
March 18, 2009
We were always inspired by your invocations at the NASCAR races, and your ability to reach all people, not just Christians. We are Jewish and always appreciated your 'shalom'. We will miss you.
Susan & Michael Tribucher
March 18, 2009
I can think of no one who has shared himself with our community more meaningfully than the Reverend Hal Marchman. He helped our family with personal challenges in ways I shall never forget and inspired many to live better lives through his sharing of the love of God.
My thoughts and prayers for his family--and all others who admired and loved him--will continue.
Mary Stanistreet Creasy
Mary Creasy
March 18, 2009
One of a kind whose life and style has impacted and changed countless others.
amen & shalom
T. Morgan
March 18, 2009
It was my privilege to get to know Hal through my friend Max Helton. Hal never forgot me after my first meeting with him. He had a loving heart with care and concern for people as a result made a great impact on our community. Hal you will be missed.
Pat Avery
March 18, 2009
He touched more lives then he will ever know. My heart goes out to his family for their loss.
March 18, 2009
I can thank this man for the life I now have, he talked to me when I was a teenager and it made me change my ways.
Ed Parrish
March 18, 2009
Goodnight Sweet Prince, Oh Good And Faithful Son Of GOD.
Jim Bradley
March 18, 2009
I grew up and became a man under the guidence of Hal. Thoughts and Prayers go out to Ann and all of Family
Larry Strickland
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