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Obituary: Eric Marshall '07


2009-04-23

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Funeral services for Eric Marshall, a 2007 graduate of Wofford College and a four-year letterman for the Terriers’ basketball team, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, Augusta, Ga. Mr. Marshall, 24, died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 22, after collapsing while playing basketball in Augusta. Burial will follow the service; the location of the burial has not been decided.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Thomas Poteet and Sons Funeral Home, 214 Davis Road in Augusta.

To view the full obituary and sign the online registry, go to http://www.thomaspoteet.com/obituaries.asp.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Marshall’s parents’ home, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Marshall, 530 Marble Falls Road, Grovetown, Ga. 20813.

Patrick Marshall said a memorial fund in his son’s name has been established to fund a scholarship and to support a non-profit basketball ministry for inner-city youth. Donations can be made to the Eric Marshall Memorial Fund at any area Wachovia bank location, Patrick Marshall said.

Eric Marshall was the husband of Tanya George Marshall, also a 2007 Wofford graduate, and was the father of two children, Isaiah, 5, and infant son, Caleb. Emails may be sent to Tanya at tgeorge03@yahoo.com.

Mr. Marshall received a bachelors of arts degree in finance from Wofford. In addition to basketball, Marshall was a leadership coordinator for Souljahs for Christ and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“Eric Marshall was a blessing for all of us that knew him and he leaves behind a legacy of selflessness, love and passion in everything he pursued,” said Wofford head coach Mike Young. “He will be remembered for his athletic exploits, and there were many, but I will forever remember him more for how he lived his life off the floor. He was a very good and hard working student, a model citizen and an active and engaged member our college community while at Wofford. He loved and admired his family, his beautiful wife, Tanya, and his two young sons. We all lost someone special today.”

Mr. Marshall played in 83 career games for the Terriers despite having both his junior and senior seasons limited due to knee injuries. He scored a total of 863 career points with an average of 10.4 per game. He scored a career-high 27 points in a win over the College of Charleston in 2004. As a sophomore, Marshall was third in the Southern Conference in three-point field goal percentage.

Mr. Marshall played two years for Greenbrier High School in Augusta, and both years was named the county’s Player of the Year by The Columbia County News-Times. In 2003, Marshall was named The Augusta Chronicle’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year.