Dr. John D. Marshall Jr.
Dr. John D., Marshall Jr., 74, a family-practice doctor in Americus for more than three decades, contracted COVID-19 from a patient, family members said. Marshall died Wednesday, Aug. 12, after spending 111 days on a ventilator, apparently the first practicing Georgia physician killed by the novel coronavirus.

Marshall was an Air Force veteran, a one-time pharmaceutical salesman, a former president of an NAACP chapter and the publisher of a monthly newspaper, the Americus Sumter Observer, which covers the African-American community in the Southwest Georgia town.

Read more about Dr. John D. Marshall on ajc.com
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 13, 2020.
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Omg I’m in shock, one of the best doctors I know. May his soul be at peace. He had an amazing sense of humor, and when ever I had an appt we talked like there was no tomorrow. I’m really grateful for him and the care he provided to me.
Kimberly Alexander
Friend
December 4, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of Dr Marshall passing. Truly a great loss to many lives he touched. May we carry the compassion he lived in caring for others in our heart and lives. May the God of all tender mercies continue to comfort the family and friends. 2 Corthians 1:3-5.
October 29, 2020
Dr. Marshall was a wonderful doctor, and I was blessed to have him manage my healthcare through three years of very hard times. Dr. Marshall was also a family friend, as he knew my brother, McCall Calhoun professionally, as well as, my mother, JoAnn LeSueur Chappell. Our family is very saddened by Dr. Marshall’s passing, and we have his family in our constant thoughts and prayers.
Anne Calhoun Davis
Friend
October 12, 2020
Dr. Marshall was an outstanding man. I am so thankful for his support given to me over many years. To God Be The Glory for him life and service. May God bless his lovely family.
Franklin Perry
Friend
August 25, 2020
Rip my doctor and friend heaven has another angel. Thank you for coming in my dream last night letting me know you made it in. Rih friend.
James
Friend
August 24, 2020
Dr. Marshall was one of the best doctors anyone could have, he was loved and cared for by many.....me being one of those people! Dr. Marshall was hard on me when I was his patients but I knew that it was all out of love! I'm one that will truly miss him! I loved Dr.Marshall like he was one of my own family members! I am going to miss hearing in the grocery store, what do you have in that buggy that you don't suppose tobe eating or drinking.......turning around looking at him standing behind me! Rest on in paradise Dr. Marshall, I love you/ I'm going to miss seeing you but I will never forget about you!!!!!♥❤❤❤❤!_
Tamika Waters
Friend
August 23, 2020
Dr. John Marshall was a very caring and compassionate physician. He was a jovial and uplifting classmate. He greeeted everyone with a warm smile and spirit filled conversation. I offer my condolenses to his family and many friends.
George Wendell Bugg Jr. MD MPH
George W Bugg
Classmate
August 22, 2020
Our condolences goes out to the family from the Shabazz family. May God's grace and mercy rest with as salaam alaikum.
Yusuf Shabazz
Family
August 22, 2020
I am going to miss u my doctor. My daddy. My friend. Sending up a pray for everyone who loved this doctor. Americus GA will never be the same. Dr Marshall u got me on this one. U gained ur wings. No more suffering. Thanks for ur service as my dr friend dad. Still hear u saying i don't no what i am going to do with u. Girl come out. Man he loved putting me in the hospital. Come on dr. Let me go home. No go to the hospital they r looking for u. Lord ok dr. I should have did my story in the newspaperlike u told me. But i am forever grateful for u. There is none like u. R. I. P Dr John D Marshall.
shirley allen
Friend
August 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dr. Eutha W. Dowdell
Friend
August 21, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Nshville, TN
BOBBY ADKISSON
Friend
August 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Pamela Ingram and family
August 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to my cousins Yahvo and his children. JD was a tireless warrior and advocate who fought the good fight! I’m proud to say he caused good and necessary trouble and he always spoke truth to power. JD will truly be missed but not forgotten.

Deborah David
Family

Deborah David
Family
August 19, 2020
I would like to say that Dr. John D. Marshall had the best bed side manners as a doctor. He was not only a doctor, but your friend. He served the whole person and he loved people. He was a "special" physician. We will never find another Dr. John D. Marshall, he was special made by God. I loved him. I am going to miss him and I thank his family for sharing him with the southwest Georgia community. He served more than Sumter County, he served us in Lee County-Smithville as well. We love you!!!
Canyon G. Frederick
Friend
August 19, 2020




American College of Physicians Georgia Chapter
PO Box 1467 Flowery Branch, GA 30542 P: (770) 965-7606 F: (888) 547-6302 WWW.GAACP.ORG

August 16, 2020


To the family members of Dr. John Marshall, his patients, colleagues and the communities of Sumter County, Georgia:

On behalf of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians, I write to express our shared sense of loss at the passing of Dr. John D. Marshall, Jr. and to celebrate his immense contributions to the health, well-being, and character of your family and community. As I read of
Dr. Marshall’s accomplishments and self-sacrificing service to his patients and community, his work inspired me as a physician and a Georgian.

I truly wish I had had the opportunity to know Dr. Marshall. It is apparent that he truly made a difference in this world. May we all do the same.
Sincerely,

G. Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MS, FAAP, MACP
Governor, Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians
G. Waldon Garriss,III, MD,MS,FAAP, MACP
August 18, 2020
I met Dr Marshall 29 years ago when he diagnosed me with diabetes. He always reminded me of how important it is to take care of myself and to keep my numbers down. I was in his office 2 weeks before he got sick, he was laughing, talking junk as usual and just so full of life. Never would have known that would be my last time seeing him. My heart is so broken knowing that he's no longer with us. He was the best doctor and I'm really going to miss him. Rest on Dr. Marshall. Love you.
Barbara Stewart
Friend
August 18, 2020
I met Dr. Marshall in 1991 when he diagnosed me with diabetes. He strong expressed to me the importance of taking care of myself. He was a very dedicated doctor to his patients and he genuinely cared for all of us. I'm going to miss him, because he was definitely one of a kind. Love you doc.
Barbara Stewart
Friend
August 18, 2020
Dr Marshall was a fine Doctor and a good man. We were all saddened by this news. He will be missed.
Judy, Kimberly and Kristopher Keithley
Friend
August 18, 2020
Condolences to Dr. Marshall’ s family and sympathies for his many patients. A dedicated physician who also was a tireless advocate and warrior for justice.
Bo Dorough
Friend
August 17, 2020
To Doctor Marshall's Family
He not only earned his degree to practice doctoring ... he was born with the gift from God created in his mother's womb
He would not allow me to leave his office one visit until my BP &glucose was at a satisfactory level and while attending to other patients he still checked in on me and with a smile he said no not yet while I was impatient he was ever so calm and then explained to me eating 1/2 of fruits & diet sodas are full of sugar and what " they" are not telling me...I thank God for his help because the info help saved my life that day God has angels to protect his children and Doctor Marshall performed his job and duties ...Let us continue to worship the Lord in spirit and truth!!!
August 17, 2020
John was a dear friend for over 30 yrs I gave him some Equiptment to start his practice I was practic nin Warner Robins ga.I am Truley sadden after hearing of his death on cnn news
A great los
James c Moore MD
August 17, 2020
My dear cousin you will be missed! We will miss your love of family, friends, alumni chapters and your community endeavors in Savannah and Americus.
Carolyn Goodrich
Family
August 16, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Michael Rogers Sr
Friend
August 16, 2020
U will be miss I always
Cynthia Thomas
Friend
August 16, 2020
Dr. Marshall will truly be missed. He took care of myself, my mother and my twin, Deltra. His eyes lit up when my sister and I came to his office. My sister would make him laugh so hard. He was the most kind, caring and humble man and doctor in Americus. He will be truly missed.
Deira Barthell
Friend
August 15, 2020
Dr. Marshall was my doctor, my friend, and a colleague in the fight for justice in Americus-Sumter County, Georgia. In the 15 years he and I walked with one another in the NAACP and Prison & Jail Project, I learned so much from Dr. Marshall. I learned about courage, persistence, righteous indignation, and the effectiveness of collaboration in any Civil Rights movement. I will miss him deeply, but he will always be among my cloud of witnesses.
John Cole Vodicka
Friend
August 15, 2020
Dr.Marshall was a great Dr. who love his patients and treated them as a family member you could call him anytime, he will definitely be miss RIP Dr.
Friend
August 15, 2020
So saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Marshall. We mourn his loss of he meant so much to the people of Americus. Not only was he a healer, of the body, but he was also a fierce advocate of social justice. He cared deeply about the plight of African Americans who he recognized as still being marginalized as second-class citizens deep in South Georgia's Black Belt. Those sentiments appeared monthly in the newspaper he published, the Americus Observer. He was an ardent supporter of our efforts to establish the Americus Civil Rights Center and Museum at the Historic Americus Colored Hospital building that is being rehabilitated. I will miss as well, our occasional chats over the phone on issues of the day. Rest in Peace, Dr. Marshall.
Sam Mahone
Friend
August 14, 2020
John was one of my medical school classmates and he was one of the sweetest, compassionate and most caring people that I had ever met. The last time that I saw him was at our class reunion several years ago but he was as caring as ever. My condolences go out to his family. and loved ones. He will be missed by everyone for his kind spirit. May he rest in peace.
Arlene Wilson, M.D.
Classmate
August 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Marshall family. Dr. Marshall was the best doctor, awesome friend and a wonderful man. We will love you and miss you always. Rest In Peace, my friend.
Dollie West
August 14, 2020
Dr.M was a very important person who loved every one i remember
getting up set with him a going to change doctor's i returned in like a week lol he said and he said your back ha ha that smile of his lit up a room he was not only your Doctor but your friend as well i go on he will be missed the only one never called me by my name it was always Diva RIP DR.M xoxoxo.
Janis Jones
Friend
August 14, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Gloria Leverett
Friend
August 14, 2020
Oh, I will miss my friend JD. I think about the times we spent together on SSC campus. We would go off campus for lunch. If you wanted to ride in JD's car, you had to sign a paper stating you were riding at your own risk, ha, ha, ha. When we came home to Savannah for the holidays, JD would always ask to check my perscription bottles and we would talk about my health. JD is with the Almighty now at peace, no pain.
Angela Boles Perry
Angela Boles Perry
Friend
August 14, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family & loved ones of Dr. John D. Marshall. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. I didn’t know Dr. Marshall but I read about his compassion, dedication to the community, and his life of being servant to all. Rest in peace Dr. Marshall; you will be missed but your legacy remains alive.
Ms. Talley
August 14, 2020
Dr. John D Marshall have been my family Dr for years. Starting with my grandparents, mama, aunts and uncles, including myself. One thing about him, if he did everything he could for you and you still wasn't any better..you best to believe that he was going to get you to someone who could! He's truly was loved and will be missed by so many people who loved him ❤.
Thank you
Dr. John D. Marshall for everything!!
Love Always,
The Angry, McCoy and Williams family.
Vernicia McCoy Lyles
Friend
August 14, 2020
Dr. Marshall was a caring physician that always made patient care his number one priority. He will be missed. This is a HUGE loss to the community and the medical profession at large.
Jessica B.
August 14, 2020
Rest in peace Dr. Marshall my family and were my doctor. Forever will love you and truly will miss you for joking me every visit. Love you!
Eva m. Williams
Family
August 14, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Viola Smith
August 13, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I didn’t know Dr Marshall. I just read about his incredible life and wanted to express my condolences.
Hattie Dove
Acquaintance
August 13, 2020
Sorry for the loss of Dr. Marshall.He was my family doctor for over 20 years.He will be truly be missed. A great doctor and friend, Americus will not be the same without him he was loved so much.I feel like I have lost a family member because that is the way that he made you feel.Rest in peace we loved you but God loved you best. Praying for the family .
Coley, Batchelor, Laster, Collier, Storey Families
Friend
August 13, 2020
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