Biography: On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the Bryan baritone voice was silenced on this side of Heaven. Marshall was born on August 11, 1956 on St. Helena Island in Beaufort, South Carolina. Marshall was the eldest and only male child born to Frank and Rosa Bryan. Marshall was affectionately known by family and friends as “Jingle.”
Marshall completed his formative education at Samuel Gompers High School in Bronx, NY. While in high school, Marshall enjoyed the love of sports particularly football and basketball. After graduating from Gompers, Marshall proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served from 1974-1979. “Once a Marine always a Marine”, he would humbly let you know. For many years, Marshall diligently volunteered his service at the James J. Peter’s VA Hospital.
Life has not always been a bed of roses for Marshall but God showed him that he would give him beauty for ashes and as only God can do, He kept his promise. On February 3, 1974, Marshall was baptized at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Leonard Williams. In July 2004, Marshall joined Greater Central Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Anthony Chisolm. Whereas, he became a member of the Sanctuary choir, the Male Chorus, the Usher Board and a faithful Sunday School student. Under the auspices of Reverend Frank Hawkins, Marshall became an ordained Deacon on January 29, 2016 and served as the President of the Brotherhood.
Marshall leaves to cherish his memories: his daughters, Tyshema and Nicole; his grandchildren, Rayunna, Demitri, Shalaya and Tyshawn; his parents, Frank and Rosa; his four sisters, Beverly, Cherry, Wanda and Kim; his three nephews, Brandon, Courteney and Christian and one great niece Jada; his god-children, Bernadette and Curtis; a host of loving aunts, Bennie Mae, Marie, Vera and Flossie; uncles, Josephus, Freddy, Jimmy and Elder Abraham, Sr.; god-sister, Tesa; along with many cousins and friends.
The family of Marshall Bryan is deeply apperceive of all calls,, cards, visits, prayers and other acts of love during this time of bereavement. A special acknowledgments is also extended to the spiritually guided members of Greater Central Baptist Church as well as to Dr. Olson and the amazing staff at James J. Peter’s VA Hospital in Bronx, NY for the exceptional kindness and care shown to Marshall during his eighteen day stay at the Community Living Center. Through our darkest hour, the endless outpouring of love kept our hearts enlightened and for this we will always be grateful.