He was a non combatant but one who supported boxing, youth and the aged. His work with the YMCA, the Gaston and Salvation Army Boys Club, Red Shield Boys Club, and The Carolinas AAU exemplifies his caring for youth and assisting them to become contributors to society by being good citizens. This is one of his attributes I admire most. Marshall was Tournament Director for the Gaston Golden Gloves for 17 years.
He went from Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Gastonia in 1952 to Senator of the 25th District in 1967. The road is laden with service on committees that benefited the City of Gastonia and the State of North Carolina. To name a few: Chairman of the Gaston Human Relations Committee, Governor’s Good Neighbor Council, he was a Big Brother, Director of the Gastonia YMCA and later President of the YMCA,
Director of the Gastonia Chamber of Commerce, a Duke University grad (class of 1947), and a U.S. Army Veteran.