Donald (Don) Hugh Marshall

Donald (Don) Hugh Marshall, 78 of Denver, NC passed away unexpectedly, Thursday June 30th, 2022 at his home.

Don was born in Athens, Georgia on December 7th, 1943, to the late Ramey Hugh Marshall and Bessie Lee Marshall. After graduating Athens High School, Don attended the University of Georgia and served in the US Army Reserves for 6 years. He married the love of his life Sharon Lockwood, his high school sweetheart on April 16th, 1966. Don was a successful businessman and worked for RJR Nabisco for many years after retiring he was a founding partner of Bulldawg Marketing, a sports marketing company in Mooresville, North Carolina. Don was an elder and active member at the Home Church in Denver, North Carolina.

Don loved golfing, boating, home improvement projects, working in the yard, volunteering at his church, and the Georgia Bulldawgs. He was a devoted husband, father, and papa, and loved his family with all of his heart. He was a friend to many! To some a mentor, a father figure; he always wanted to help others. He wanted to encourage and lead, and was a sweet fun-loving guy that made everyone laugh.

Don is survived by his wife, Sharon Marshall and brother Henry Lee Marshall (Bibby) and sister Geneva Dillard (Kenneth). His daughter, Donna Johannesen (JJ), and granddaughter Ashley and by son Jake Marshall (Stephanie), and grandsons Ty, Bailey, and Eric and multiple nieces and nephews.

            A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00PM Saturday July 9th, 2022 at Home Church at North Lincoln High School Auditorium. 2737 Lee Lawing Road Lincolnton, NC 28092 Family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to Home Church, 7919 Natalie Commons Drive Denver, NC 28037 or give online

10 Responses to Donald (Don) Hugh Marshall

  1. Merle E Stroud July 4, 2022 at 10:05 am #

    Don and Sharon always welcomed me into their home and treated me as if I was a family member, whenever our joint grandsons had an event in their lives. I will miss his sense of humor, funny stores, and the love he showered on his family. He and Sharon were always available to give life advise to our grandsons.
    My deepest condolences to Sharon, Donna, Jake and their entire family.
    Much Love Merle Stroud

  2. Joseph Caramato July 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm #

    To Sharon, Jake and Donna,
    Please accept our condolences for your loss of a “one of a kind” human being.
    Don was a unique individual. He had a heart of gold, he was first in line to offer
    aid or assistance to anyone who needed it. He had the ability to be a student or a teacher.
    When we were neighbors, together Don and I could find a project that needed fixing and
    tackle it together. Our two families had more good times and memories together than
    anyone could imagine. I always think of Don more like a brother than just a friend. Although
    we are no longer neighbors, I know we are always in each others hearts. May he now rest in peace.

  3. Doug Cottrell July 5, 2022 at 2:13 pm #

    Sharon and family… I am so sorry to learn of Don’s passing. I loved living on Lakeview and our special slice of paradise there… and your friendship and always kind words of encouragement. I know ALL in his close family are feeling the loss of his big personality and heart. Fondly, Doug Cottrell

  4. Emily Carney July 5, 2022 at 9:39 pm #

    What a wonderful man! I have such fond memories of serving at The Cove with Don and Sharon… I will cherish those memories always. Praying for comfort and peace for all of Don’s family and friends.

  5. Jim Young July 7, 2022 at 2:03 pm #

    Don was a special classmate at Athens High School. Voted “wittiest” in our senior class, he always had a smile and was loved by us all.

  6. Bob (Luke) Snelson July 7, 2022 at 2:46 pm #

    Dear Sharon and family – the circle of life that Donald brought to everyone that he touched presents a special relationship that words do not adequately describe. He was my friend for such a long time. Memories are bountiful.

    He was always on the up-beat side of life. He had a magnetic ability to bring all together. I’m sure that applies to all of Donald’s life.

    We mourn today but will rejoice knowing that Donald is in Heaven awaiting the day of unity with us all.

  7. Lisa Dunn July 8, 2022 at 5:13 am #

    Don and Sharon opened their home and hearts to me for small group bible study even when I wasn’t an attendee of the church. His openness, kindness, Christ-likeness continues to be an encouragement to me. He was a great man of faith and leaves a legacy that will continue to minister to us and others until we see him again with Jesus.

  8. Tom Crowley July 8, 2022 at 6:08 am #

    Don was a close friend at Athens High and I just recalled old stories with him a few weeks ago at our reunion. Although all who knew and loved him will miss him we can rejoice in knowing he is with Jesus. Sharon and family, I pray that God’s loving arms will comfort you and provide you with peace during your time of grief.

  9. Emily Hoge Waldron July 8, 2022 at 6:15 pm #

    Donald was an Athens High classmate and a good friend. He always was smiling and joyful. I am so fortunate to have had an extended conversation with him at our recent 60th high school reunion during which he told me all about his life and his family.
    Sharon, I am praying for you and all of your family.

  10. James Greene October 24, 2023 at 12:25 pm #

    Donald was a good friend, and classmate at Athens High School. I just recently found out that Donald had passed away. I am sorry that I did not see more of Donald and Sharon. My condolences to Sharon and the Family.
    I will never forget Donald.

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