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Mr. David Marshall

September 4, 1931 — September 7, 2023

Savannah, GA


Adams announces the passing of Mr. David Marshall, 92, who transitioned on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at his Residence.

Rites of Christian Burial for Mr. David Charles Marshall will be held 12:00 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2023 at St. Benedict The Moor Catholic Church.

Viewing will be held from 12 PM - 2 PM, Friday, September 15, 2023 at the funeral home.

Interment: Catholic Cemetery.


David Charles Marshall, 92, of Savannah, GA passed on September 7, 2023 at his residence.

Mr. Marshall was born on September 4, 1931 in Blackshear, GA to Laurene Shipman Marshall and David Charlie Marshall.  He was the oldest of four children:  Eria, Mildred “Joann”, Robert, and Eleanor.


Mr. Marshall had fond memories of his many years of employment during his 92 blessed years. He started working well before his teenage years, shining shoes in the park on Bull Street.  His work ethic was quickly noticed and he was asked to work at the Desoto (Hilton) hotel newspaper stand at the age of 12. He was responsible for opening the stand before he would walk to St. Benedict’s Elementary School and would return to the stand at the end of the school day, often working until nightfall.  He worked there faithfully until he graduated high school.  After his 1951 graduation from the illustrious Alfred Ely Beach High School, he proudly joined the United States Air Force and traveled the world!  Following an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force and a very brief return to Savannah, he announced that he was moving to New York and left the very same day!  He was fortunate to find immediate employment and worked in various capacities from packing lightbulbs to working in the Marine Hospital.  After establishing residency and several years of study, he was able to apply for a position as an officer with the New York City Police Department. 


Following 26 years of service, Detective Marshall retired from NYPD and moved back to Savannah in 1986.  Shortly thereafter, he met Rosalyn Scurdy-Bell, a fellow communicant of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church.  The two were married on February 22, 1990 and would often be seen at local jazz festivals, charitable events, and social activities around the area and beyond. 

In addition to their travels and other ventures, David had a passion for Jazz (as is noted by his extensive collection of jazz CDs and vinyl), landscaping, African History and Culture, and driving around Savannah (which he considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country), stopping at Lake Mayer daily to eat lunch, read the paper and people-watch. 


He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 31 years, Rosalyn; sisters: Eria Marshall Bacon and Mildred “Joann” Marshall Westley, and brother: Robert Carl Marshall.

Survived by his devoted daughter, Antoinette Delia Parris of Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Daryl Matthew Parris (Joy) of Blytheville, SC and Davita Antoinette Parris of Richmond Hill, GA; sister: Eleanor Marshall Smith of Port Wentworth, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Mr. Marshall always expressed that God had blessed him with a very good life and in turn,

he was a blessing to those who knew and loved him.

We will certainly miss your humor, your love and your caring spirit.

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Friday, September 15, 2023

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

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St Benedict the Moor Catholic Church

441 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401

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