Claude E. Marsh Jr., 93, of Vass, was reunited with his beloved wife, Sibyl, Tuesday morning, May 19, 2020.
His body will lie in repose at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home Friday May 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Cameron Community Cemetery Saturday, May 23, at 4 p.m., with Pastor Van Stanley officiating.
A Moore County native, Claude enlisted in the Navy prior to obtaining his high school diploma. In his 80s, he decided it was time to complete his high school education and successfully completed the GED program through Sandhills Community College. He and Sibyl Cooper married Sept. 6, 1945, and later welcomed two sons, Bernard and Rex.
Claude built his career in textiles and could tell you anything you could ever want to know about how a sewing machine worked and what a quality fabric is and what “ain't worth a doodle!” Claude and Sibyl loved to travel the United States together; they would load their truck and pickup camper up and just drive, viewing the countryside until they found a suitable place to spend the night.
You could always find Claude wherever the people were. Over the last 22 years, it was not uncommon to find him keeping a chair warm at Ed’s Guns Shop in Vass, or at G and F Pawn Shop in Carthage, after having enjoyed a hamburger and coffee at Miller’s Family Restaurant, in Vass, or a vegetable plate at Pete’s Family Restaurant, in Carthage. In addition to his favorite haunts around Moore County, Claude loved spending time in the mountains of Allegheny County, where he basked in the company of more treasured friends.
A U.S. Navy veteran, in April 2011, Claude flew from Raleigh to Washington, D.C. on a Flight of Honor with other World War II-era veterans to tour the World War II Memorial, returning home that evening to great fanfare.
As Claude’s ability to complete some everyday tasks dwindled, an amazing gentleman, Geoff Chilcott, of Carthage, entered his world and restored a priceless quality of life that had been slowly slipping away.
Claude was the eldest son of Claude E. Marsh Sr. and Lola V. Marsh. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Sibyl; brother, Felton Marsh; and great-grandson, Coy Watkins.
Left to cherish Claude's memory are aunt, Mabel Somers, of Sanford; two sons, Bernard E. Marsh and wife, Harriet, of Carthage, and Rex G. Marsh and wife, Sandra, of McLeansville; three grandchildren, Mollie M. Watkins, of Stokesdale, Lola M. Black and husband, Derek, of Carthage, and Tyrus J. Marsh, of Burlington; two great-grandsons, William Watkins and Luke Watkins, of Stokesdale; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, as well as one devoted and a heartbroken little mutt named Frasier.
Services are entrusted to Fry and Prickett Funeral Home.
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