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Marshall Duane Terrell was born to Marshall Terrell, Jr. and Sonja Jean Hurt in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 17, 1958. He was the eldest of four sons from that union. Marshall accepted Jesus Christ on March 28, 1971, at Martindale Church of Christ. He was a member of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, and Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church. He graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in the Class of 1977, and he was a member of the Football, Baseball, and Track and Field teams. He attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he graduated in May of 1981 with a degree in Fine Arts.
Marshall went on to enlist in the United States Army and served for 21 years. He was a member of the 101st (Air Assault) and 82nd Airborne Divisions and was a combat veteran in the Persian Gulf War Operation Desert Storm. Marshall served with distinction and was awarded Jump Master status with over 80 airborne jumps. He also served with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California, and the 3rd Armored Division in Bad Kissingen, Germany. He was a member of the 1st Battalion 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Liberty (Bragg) and lead a 155mm Howitzer artillery team in combat as part of the 101st Air Assault, 18th Airborne Corp. Marshall exemplified the true spirit, honor, and courage of the “Buffalo Soldier”. He retired from active-duty service with the rank of SFC in 2003. After retirement, Marshall joined the American Legion Post #249, and he was briefly employed at FedEx, the Indianapolis Public School System, and the United States Postal Service.
Marshall was united in marriage to Tanya Terrell on August 3, 2010. They were together for over 16 years as friends and spouses.
Marshall enjoyed creating beautiful artwork and loved to spend time with family and friends. He cultivated and maintained a multitude of life-long friendships and could light up a room with his presence and laughter. He loved to fish with his father and grand-parents, and he enjoyed fishing with family and friends. Marshall would always make himself available to share his time and talents or lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a special kind of person with rare and favorable characteristics. He would draw people toward him with a personality that would touch every emotion. Marshall touched many lives and will be truly missed.
Marshall departed this life on October 27, 2023 at the age of sixty-four years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Marshall Terrell, Jr.
Marshall leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Tanya Terrell; children, Mya Catherine Terrell, Brooke McMurray, and Marshall Duane Terrell II, step-children, Rahkia Rahim, Rahmaan (Jessica) Rahim, and Malik Rahim: mother, Sonja Jean Blackwell; sisters, Treva Yvette Anderson, and Marshelle Danielle Terrell; brothers, David Lynn (Carla) Terrell, Kevin (Marva) Terrell, Kent Eric (Pamela) Terrell, Dwight Anderson, Kurt Pinkston, Greg Pinkston, Greg Anderson, Jeffery Anderson, and Christopher Anderson; aunts, Josie L. Harden, Jean E. Webster, Zula Ann (Michael) Barnett, Mary Helen (James) Terrell Jones, Patricia (Earnest) Simmons, and Mary Elizabeth Hurt; uncles, Tommie B. Terrell, and Darryl Madison: grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Humbly Submitted .....................The Family