Alvin Folly (Al) Marshall, Jr, Major, USMC, Ret.
Alvin Folly Marshall Jr. 89, of Powdersville, laid down his working tools on April 2, 2022, and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus and joyfully reunited with his beloved wife Patricia, of over 60 years. Al was born on March 20,1933, the first of three children, in Gainesville, FL to the late Alvin Folly & Frances Marks Marshall.
Al came from humble beginnings and worked his way through a successful 28-year career in the Marine Corps. His 2 years in the Reserves allowed him to join the Marine Corps as a Corporal where he trained as an Aircraft Electrician. As things began heating up in Southeast Asia, he was accepted and commissioned into the Warrant Officer Program for training as an Airborne Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) in the F-4B, Phantom fighter-bomber. This rise in rank from Enlisted to Officer designated him with the distinguished title as a “Mustang”. As a RIO he flew combat support missions during the Cuban Crisis and then subsequently a total of 3 combat tours overseas in support of Marine actions in the Vietnam War; his last tour was to Nam Phong (aka the Rose Garden), Thailand against the Khmer Rouge. His personal decorations and medals include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal “V”, Navy Unit Commendation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Frame (Gold) w/ Palm, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation w/Palm Frame and .38 Pistol Expert Badge.
After retiring from the Marine Corp in 1979, he and Patricia moved back to Jacksonville, Florida to be closer to their families. He worked at the Naval Air Rework Facility, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL and as an Engineer with Northrop-Grumman after which he retired for the final time. Also, in service within his community, he volunteered with 20 years of dedicated service to the State of Florida’s State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, as a mediator.
Al was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and a proud member of the National Sojourners. Al’s memberships include Riverside Lodge #266, Jacksonville, FL and, after moving to South Carolina, he enjoyed spending time with his brethren at Brandon Lodge #279 Greenville, SC, as well as the Scottish Rite-Valley of Greenville.
Al was a beloved husband, father, Paw Paw and Papa. He considered his best times were spent with his family and close friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and season tickets to the Florida Gators football games. Al enjoyed a customary scotch on the rocks by his fire pit where he reminisced about old times and talking about his children & grandchildren. Al loved his Lord and made lifelong friends through his life while attending Covenant Presbyterian Church, SC, Orange Park Presbyterian Church, FL and Trinity Presbyterian Church, NC. Al lived by deeply ingrained values and convictions, which he expressed often to his children and grandchildren, “Never give up!”, Push forward!” and “Give it all you have!” Al is survived by his children: Donna Marshall Barrera, Rebecca Marshall Warner (Mark) and Greg Marshall (April); his six grandchildren & eight great-grandchildren: Derrick Barrera (Lacy & daughter Kaydee), Nathan Warner (Emily & daughter Ann Parker), Simonie Barrera Hansen (Eric and daughter Alayna Silva), Aaron Warner (Amber & son Bryce and daughter Ansley), Dusty Marshall (Michelle & daughters Linleigh and Kolbi) and Sunny Marshall (Max Leon & son Leland).
Al is survived by his brother Ronnie Marshall (Sandi), and preceded by his sister, Joy Marshall Baron, and son-in-law Bob Barrera.
Arrangements by Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory, Easley, SC. Our family extends sincere appreciation for all that you have done to prepare and care for our Dad and assist the family during what is a very trying time.
Our family cannot give enough heartfelt thanks to the nurses, caregivers and staff of Crescent Hospice, Greenville, SC. The unselfish attention of time and resources to our father during his last days brought peace and comfort to Dad and our family.
A Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11 from 5 to 7p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642 with the Celebration of Life at the same location Tuesday, April 12 at 11a.m., Pastor Russ Muse officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4500 SC 86, Easley, SC 29642 or Crescent Hospice 105 Lovett Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.