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Ernest H Marshburn's Obituary

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      • First United Methodist Church
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        1380 West Main Street
        Dothan, AL 36301
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      • First United Methodist Church

      • 1380 West Main Street
        Dothan, AL 36301

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Ernest H. Marshburn, (Ernie) age 82, of Dothan, Alabama, died Wednesday morning, November 1st, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.  Ernie was born on January 10th, 1935 in Richlands, N.C. He was the son of the late Kirby Wilbur Marshburn and Eva Dare (Mazingo) Marshburn; he was also preceded in death by a sister Betty Jane Marshburn.


Ernie will be forever remembered by his loving wife of 37 years Dianne Kent Marshburn and their precious children, Kay Marshburn Keel (Lloyd), Bryant Marshburn (Carla) , Lee Kent (Julia), and Lesley Kent Marshall; a brother, Earl Marshburn (Jean), and  sisters Helen Marshburn Wilson (Jim) & Linda (Mazingo) Hanner, and sister-in-law, Vickie Shepherd (David).


He is also survived by his grandchildren, who brought him much joy and happiness, Beau Keel (Beth), Andrew Keel, Harmony Marshburn, Grace Marshburn, Audrey Kent, Blake Kent, Hollis Rane, and Kate Rane, and two great grandchildren Cooper and Carter Keel. Ernie will also be remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and his Caregivers Sheri Nobles and Ash Jones, and by the Progressors Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church and many dear friends.


Ernie graduated from Richlands High School, Richlands, N.C. in 1953. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, N.C. in 1958, 1959-1962 he attended Southeast Alabama Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina. He completed his M.S .degree in Counseling and Psychology in 1977 from Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama. Ernie was a true Wake Forest Demon Deacon and a Die Hard Alabama Fan.


He retired in 2016 from the State of Alabama Department of Correction, Ventress Correctional Facility as Drug Program Supervisor. From 1983-1991 he was employed with Wiregrass Mental Health as a Community Consultant, Alcoholism Counselor, Outpatient Coordinator of Substance Abuse and Director of The Haven,1961-1972 he served as Director of Boy’s Clubs of America in Greensboro, N.C, Jacksonville ,Fl. and Dothan, Alabama.


 After his retirement he served as a Private Contractor for the Wiregrass Mental Health Board Self -Discovery Program and Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Services. In addition, he served as a Private Contractor for Bradford Health Services.


Ernie was very community minded. He was honored to have been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through the heart of the city of Dothan on its journey to Atlanta, Georgia to celebrate the opening of the 1995 Summer Olympic Games. In addition, he was a well- rounded athlete, a Championship Swimmer for Wake Forest University Swim Team. He excelled in baseball, basketball, and track and continued his love of running in his later years, running many Marathons and Triathlons. Ernie was also a member of the Southeast Alabama Community Theater where he participated in several community plays.


Ernie was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Dothan. The Celebration of his Life will be held at The First United Methodist of Dothan on Saturday, November 4th 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors from 2:30 to 4:00 in the church parlor.


The family wishes to thank Wiregrass Caregivers, Kindred Hospice, the Progressors Sunday School class and Dr. Roddy Cook and Staff for all their love and support. Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Dothan We Care Program or the Progressors Sunday School Class.

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Deborah Gaddis

Please accept my deepest sympathy at the passing of your husband. He was a familiar face at our AARSVP meetings just like my husband. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Deborah Gaddis, Foster Grandparent Program of Jefferson County

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Jackie Walker

My prayers are with the Marshburn family.

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Sheila Johnson

Dianne and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sorrow and in the days to come. God will carry you as you look to Him for strength and comfort.

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Charles Smith

Diane, please know that I am thinking of you and praying for you at this difficult time.
Charles Smith
Project Director
South Alabama RSVP

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Lynn Mayton

My prayers go out to Diane and family at this time. I know how Ernie will be missed by all of you. God Bless you and prayers will get you thru this time. He is in a better place.......Love to all, Lynn Mayton

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Peggy Deal

So sorry Diane for your loss. Some of the best years in my life were when I worked in the Mental Health field with Ernie. He was a kind soul and was always positive. He was an encourager to so many people and made a difference in this world. He will be missed. Praying for you and your family.

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Jessica Latham

Dianne and Family,
So sorry for your lost. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May God provide peace and comfort.

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Linda Andrews

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Monroe County

And GOD shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Whereas, our Heavenly Father has taken Mr. Ernest Marshburn from this earthly home, one whose presence will be greatly missed from among his family and friends. Be it resolved, we the members of Retired Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP) extend sincere sympathy to the family and love ones of Mr. Ernest Marsburn.

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Peggy Wallace

Dianne, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's death. Our prayers are for you and your family. Know that God will help you through this.

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Betty Ruth

Dear Dianne and Family, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time in your life. Ernie was a kind, loving and most gentle man. I know you are thankful for the 37 years your were able to spend with him. Know I am thinking of you with care and compassion. May God Give You Strength in the Days Ahead. God Bless You.
In Christian Love and Prayer,
Betty M. Ruth
Athens, Alabama

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michelle skeen

Kay, Dianne and Family,
Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family. May god give you peace and comfort.

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Ventress Correctional Facility Staff

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of the family from the Staff of Ventress Correctional Facility. He will be dearly missed!

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Carla Allen

My family sends you our deepest condolences and we will keep you and your family in our prayers today and in the days to come. God bless you and be with you during this time.

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Rev. Michael Hinshaw

Kay and family my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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Tammy Sneed McGee

My heartfelt sympathy and love goes out to you today and in the days ahead as you go on without Ernie here on earth but he will always be with you in heart and spirit. I pray Gods love and your precious memories help in the days ahead. I am only a call away sweet friend. May God Bless you and your family .

Tammy Sneed McGee
Pike County RSVP

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Derrick P. Duncan

To the Family of the late Mr. Ernie Marshburn;
First, I would like to say I am deeply saddened of the death of Ernie's demise and glad that our lives cross during his stay on earth. We were able to share a special moment in life that meant so much to the both of us. We were selected as one of the 33 torchbearers for 100 Anniversary Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. We talked about the community and able to ride the same bus going for our run. He was such a pleasant and nice man. I enjoyed his laughs and smiles. He would tell me Derrick keep up the good work. I will miss him.

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Larry McKay

Dianne, I just found this. I am sorry to hear this. I thought he would be here long after me. I prayers are with you and family. He was one of the really good guys!

3John v2

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