Wilson Marshall Johnson Jr. (July 19, 1944 - July 21, 2017)
Services for Marshall Johnson, 73, of Orient are private at this time.
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Jane Warren Jernigan writes:
Marshall was a 1st cousin. I did not see him often because of the distance between where we each lived. Only just found out about his death. My mother and his father were brother and sister. I do not know who is making arangements for his funeral and burial.
Rick Fischer writes:
There are people whom I’ve met throughout my life but can’t quite recall the first time I was introduced to them. This was not to be one of those times. My first encounter with Marshall was in the early ‘70s, at the home of Frances and Syd Johnson here in Norfolk. Marshall had just returned from Viet Nam and came down to reconnect with his favorite relatives. I was in college dating Sherry. I walked in the living room one day, and Marshall was talking with Syd, whom he admired. Both what he had to say, and his manner of saying it, would have stuck with me whether I’d married Sherry and joined her family, or not. Years later, when I was newly on my own gong to school in New York City, Marshall invited me out for a weekend with him at Orient Point. This was an act of kindness that was one of Marshall’s most endearing, though often well disguised, qualities. My frequent visits to that wonderful place went on through the ‘80s to the end of the ‘90s, when I returned to Virginia. I will always be grateful that my wife, Jill, and I were able to drop by Marshall’s Orient Point roost to see him just last September, 2016. He was the worse for wear, and on the way home we speculated that this was very likely the last time we would have the privilege of spending time with him. I am grateful for that opportunity, indeed for last time, to have been able to spend part of the Earth’s rotation with Marshall. But, at the same time, Jill and I were saddened at how he allowed the Character Arc of his life to leave him. I prefer to remember that day back in the early ‘70s, when I walked into the Johnson’s living room to meet one of the most iconic personalities that would evolve into one of the most interesting and colorful fabric squares in the quilt of my life. Goodbye, Marshall, and Thank You. …Your “Cousin,” your “Brother,” your Friend, Rick Fischer.
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