Funeral services for Kermitt Marshall, 81, of Broaddus will be held at 2 p.m.Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, in the First Baptist Church of Broaddus with Brother Wayne Barth officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Berry Cemetery.

Mr. Marshall was born May 17, 1926 in the Chinquapin Community, San Augustine County, Texas, to Irma Mattie (Robbins) and Van Dee Marshall, and died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 in Beaumont, Texas.

As a child, Mr. Marshall attended various schools in the Deep East Texas area, while helping his family to start and operate general stores in rural communities. He became fascinated with aviation in its early days, and became a licensed pilot as soon as he met the legal age requirements. Soon after, Mr. Marshall creatively began taking people on short pleasure flights (barnstorming) for extra income. He served with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II, and after the war operated a crop-dusting service into the early 1950s. Mr. Marshall remained an active pilot for many years, never losing his love and fascination for aviation. His work defined a large part of his life. He was definitely a jack-of-all-trades, and a master of many. Mr. Marshall moved to South Texas after the war and managed a family farm until the mid-1970s, while also starting and expanding a wholesale fuels business from the 1950s up until his retirement in the 1970s.

Mr. Marshall and his wife, Jean, traveled the United States and Canada extensively, visiting 49 of the 50 states. He invested a considerable period of time in the construction of the First Baptist Church of Broaddus’ current sanctuary, and in supporting his friends and fellow members there. In his later years, Mr. Marshall was affectionately known by his family as Pepaw. We are going to miss you, Pepaw!

Survivors include his wife who loved him for more than 35 years, Jean (Davidson) Marshall of Broaddus; daughters, Janie (Devore) Odom and husband, Zane Odom of DeRidder, Louisiana, Suzanne (Marshall) Coffman and husband Jimmy Coffman of Brownwood, and Laura (Marshall) West of New Braunfels; son, Keith Kermitt Marshall and wife Sherri (Forbess) Marshall of Brownwood; grandchildren, Cody Odom and wife Charlotte (Kahla) Odom, Amelia Coffman, Van Marshall and wife Cindy (Bosworth) Marshall, Cole Marshall and James Bruner; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly (Marshall) Simpson; granddaughter, Toni Gayle Marshall; parents, Irma and Van Marshall; and sister, Eunice (Marshall) Wyatt and her husband, Laurie Wyatt.

Pallbearers will be Cody Odom, Van Marshall, Cole Marshall, Trent Vardeman, John Shipman and Jerry Wall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Anayat House, P.O. Box 5934, Beaumont, TX 77726-5934, or online at

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home of Lufkin are directors in charge of arrangements.