Sercy V. Marshall was born on January 4, 1927 in Brighton, Tennessee to the proud parents of Julie Pearl Mims Marshall and James Archie Marshall. He was the second of eleven children having five brothers and five sisters. Growing up as a child he attended schools in Brighton, Munford, Leroy Pope and Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee as well as Redondo Beach, California.
After school, he worked as a welder for Virginia Bridges and Pigeon Thomas in Memphis and Merry Time Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
He joined the Army during World War II. He joined the 33rd Infantry Division at Leyte in the Philippines where he served in the South Pacific including Bagato Island and served there until the war ended after the Atomic Bombs were dropped. He then later went to Japan and landed at Nagoya and continued to just outside of Kobe, Japan and served during the occupation of Japan in late 1945. In the early part of 1946 he returned back to the Philippines after a short leave at home when he married his lovely wife Juanita Weir Marshall. He continued to serve with the 5th Replacement Depot as a Military Policeman in and around Manila until he was Honorable Discharged from the Army in April 1947.
After returning to Memphis and worked for Conley Frog and Switch Company for about 1 year as a welder. He was later offered a job with International Harvester working as a welder for 15 years before being promoted to Utility Man, Group Leader and then Foreman of the Welder Department for over 20 years before retiring after 35 years of service in December 1981.
He married Juanita Weir Marshall on February 3, 1946 and was happily married for over 69 wonderful years. They have three daughters and three sons-in-law: Teresa (Wayne) Miller, Annette (Jim) Wyatt and Tina (Zane II) Hill; five grandchildren Jason Wyatt, Jamie Wyatt, Amanda Murphy, Macy Wade and Zane Hill III and eleven great grandchildren Payton Steele, Easton Grace Wyatt, Miles Murphy, Hudson Murphy, Aniston Murphy, Molly Kate Wade, Marshall Wade, Madison Wade, Bradley Wade, Addison Hill and Charlotte Hill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Weir Marshall; his parents, James Archie and Julie Pearl Mims Marshall; his siblings, James, Jesse, Ruby, Louise, Gracie, and Lotis; his two grandchildren, Megan and Kaitlyn Wyatt; and by his great-grandchild, Cannon Murphy.
In 1952, he joined Brighton Baptist Church where he taught class in the Junior Department for 10 years and later in the men’s Bible class for another 10 years. He was elected deacon in 1960 and continued to serve in this capacity until his passing.
Sercy was elected Alderman of the Town of Brighton and served two terms from 1966 - 1972. He was later elected Mayor in 1972 and held that office for 20 years serving as the longest term Mayor in the Town of Brighton’s history prior to leaving office in 1992.
Sercy joined the Mason Dunham Lodge 150 and was initiated on April 23, 1953; passed June 6, 1953; raised June 9, 1953 and worked through all chairs before being elected to Master of Lodge for the year 1959. He has a proficiency card and has proficiency in all degrees. He is a Royal Arch Mason, Covington Chapter 215. He joined the Scottish Rite Mason on November 20, 1958 and in 1991 was honored with “Knight Commander of The Court of Honor, “KCCH” and achieved one of the highest honors within the Scottish Rite being selected as a 33 Degree, Inspector General Honorary Mason on December 12, 2009.
Funeral services for Mr. Marshall are private for immediate family only.
Family request in lieu of flowers to make a memorial of Mr. Marshall to Brighton Baptist Church PO Box 29 Brighton, TN 38011.
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