TRIBUTE: Eugene Marshall, Sr. of Hackensack loved his country and his community. He remained faithful throughout his life to building a better world, loved ones said.
A celebration of life service was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Garfield on Saturday for Marshall, who recently passed away at 91.
Born in Paterson on Nov. 29, 1929, Marshall attended middle school and high school in Hackensack, where he excelled in football and track.
He attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC for a year before enlisted in the U.S. Army and serving a tour overseas.
Following his honorable discharge, Marshall’s love for community service led him to work for the Bergen County Urban League and share his extensive civil expertise with the Bergen County Community Action Program (CAP) until his retirement in 1994.
He was also a devoted member of the Majestic Lodge #153 since 1977, and served in numerous roles both at the local and state level.
Marshall is survived by his childhood sweetheart and beloved wife, Hortense E. Marshall (Burwell) to whom he was married for more than six decades.
He also leaves a daughter, the Rev. Gwynne E. Burt, sons Eugene Marshall Jr., and Robert. R. Marshall, daughters-in-law Phyllis Marshall and Dr. Tanji P. Reed Marshall, grandchildren Jason Dean Marshall, Jacqueline Amanda Marshall, Eugene Marshall III, Aerin Reed Marshall Barnes (husband, Darren Barnes) and Robert R. Marshall, II and great-grandson Joseph Kai Barnes.
Marshall is also survived by siblings Ann Smith, Adele (Gert) Henderson (husband, Dennis), sister-in-law, Ella Jackson (husband, Edward Jackson, Sr., deceased) and Carlos Jones (wife, Lucy).
Because of COVID, walk-through viewing was held Friday at the Earl I. Jones Funeral Home in Hackensack and Saturday’s service was closed.
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