Marshall Terrell Crenshaw

Marshall Terrell Crenshaw, Jr. was born November 26, 1940 to Marshall Terrell and Avis Jordan Crenshaw in the back of their family store in rural Brazos County. Marshall grew up in the local area and was a 1959 graduate of the A&M Consolidated High School. He married his lifetime sweetheart, Mary Ann (Barker), on July 25, 1959. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2009 with family and friends.

He and Mary Ann have welcomed three children, their spouses, six grandchildren, their spouses and four great-grandchildren as their family continues to grow.

Marshall held many positions in various skilled trades but his true talent was in carpentry and woodworking. He retired from the Texas A&M University Physical Plant in 1996 after many years as a carpenter and construction crew supervisor. Upon retirement, Marshall and Mary Ann devoted much of their time to their C3 Ranch as active members of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA). Their ranch has produced several top selling, prize winning longhorns. They’ve enjoyed hosting friends and visitors at their ranch and introducing people to the longhorn breed as well as any number of other animals they may have on the ranch. Marshall would be just as likely to have photos of his longhorns ready to share as he would pictures of his grandchildren.

Marshall was generous in spirit, deed, word and possession. He was always quick to give assistance to anyone no matter the situation and no matter the need. He was actively involved in the Peach Creek and Wellborn communities as well as Millican Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon for many years. He was a previous board member for the Wellborn Water Supply helping guide that utility service into what is now the Wellborn Special Utility District. Local rodeo and bull riding fans will remember many Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s at the family owned and operated, Peach Creek Rodeo.

His family will always remember his caring ways, guiding hands, helpful advice and gift of time and talents no matter the need. Also appreciated is the lesson in the value of hard work, doing your best and finishing a project. He was always busy improving something. Marshall was proud of all of his family and enjoyed get-togethers. You could find him grilling meats, setting up tables or doing anything that was necessary to ensure everyone had a great time. He always enjoyed good-natured pranks as well especially if he was the instigator. Everyone that knew him enjoyed his sense of humor, sense of justice, caring attitude and generous ways.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall Terrell Crenshaw, Sr. and Avis Jordan Crenshaw and his brother, Robert Lee Crenshaw and his wife, Elizabeth.

Marshall is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years, Mary Ann (Barker) Crenshaw. He is also survived by his sister, Lois Bosley and husband, J.R. of Bryan, Texas; sons Aubrey Wayne and wife, Holly, of College Station, Texas and Ben Ray and wife, Wendy, of Bel-Alton, Maryland and daughter, Paul Jean and husband, Tony McLelland, of Dunkirk, Maryland. He is also survived by six grandchildren, their spouses, four great-grandchildren, many other family members as well as his dear friends throughout the TLBAA.

A memorial service celebrating Marshall’s life will be held Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Millican Baptist Church, 22275 Pierce Street, Millican, Texas. Services will be led by Pastor Noe Vargas. Immediately following will be a time of visitation with the family and lunch at the Peach Creek Community Center, 2166 Peach Creek Road, College Station, Texas.

Services are coordinated by Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory in Bryan, Texas. Please leave condolences at

To honor Marshall’s commitment to helping others, the family recommends that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local charitable organizations.


  1. I met Mr. Crenshaw on 2 to 3 occasions and he was always gracious and friendly.

    Out prayers are with the family.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Marshall. He always had a smile on his face and was always so kind. You are all in my prayers and I am here if you need anything.

  3. We are so sorry to hear about Marshall. He was the type that you always hope lives forever– smiling, kind, and thoughtful.
    Our prayers are with you Mary Ann and your family.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of loss. Marshall was a great friend and neighbor. Tommy & Donna McDonald

  5. I am deeply saddened by the news of Marshall. I was one of the lucky ones that was privileged to call him a friend first and then a boss for several years. As a friend he was always there to offer advice or encouragement. As a boss he was very professional and genuinely cared about all his employees. Mary Ann, Wayne, Paula and Ben you will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during the days and weeks ahead.

  6. What wonderful memories we have of Marshall. His quite humor always gave us a giggle and his bright smile was always a welcome sight. Mary Ann, our love and prayers are with you and your family and please be assured the good Lord will help you through the sad times. If there is anything we can do for you or anything you need, please let us know.

  7. Mary Ann and family…Marshall will be remembered for his big smile and kind words for everyone. He was a true country gentleman and we will truly miss him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go with you during this difficult time.

  8. Mary Ann, So sorry to hear about Marshall. He was such a good man. I will always remember the years we worked together at the power plant. He always had a smile.
    ken gilbert

  9. Mary Ann and family, Sorry to hear about your loss, my prayers are with you at this time. I remember years ago attending school functions with you & Marshall. He was such a wonderful man to be around & he will truly be missed. I still have my little wooden Christmas tree with suckers that he made, & I put it out each year & think of him. May God bless you & give you his strength.

  10. To Maryann and all of Marshall’s family and close friends. I cannot tell you how very sorry we are to hear of your loss. Marshall was one of the most kind and genuine men we have ever known. Never were we around Marshall that he didn’t have a smile and something friendly to say. He was one of the first people we met when we moved here, and I will never forget his gentle manner and his visit to say hello. He knew what the word neighbor meant. We will miss him, and our prayers are with you all.

  11. Mary Ann, Paula, Ben, & Wayne & Holly, Words cant describe the saddness I am feeling for all of you right now. I wish there was something I could say to make this easier for you, but there is nothing. Marshall (and all of you as well) were such a part of my life growing up. Although I dont see yall or talk to you all much, Your family is forever embedded in my heart and Memories. My goodness, all the memories! I love you all, and am praying for peace and understanding for you all. Love, Dana Smith Rabun

  12. Dear Mary Ann & Family,
    Joe & I were deeply saddened when we heard about Marshall. We will remember him for many things; a few being his quick smile and pleasant attitude. When I was about 13 he gave me my first driving lesson. When our daughter was 3 he very gently
    gave her her first horse ride. He will be greatly missed and Loved always.
    Our Prayers are with you and your family.Love Joyce & Joe Grupa


  13. Mary Ann,

    We are so very, very sorry about the loss of your dear Marshall. We do plan to attend the service on Thursday. If any family members or friends from out of town need a place to stay, our home is definitely available. You and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Our love,
    John and Carol Murphy…your Peach Crossing neighbors

  14. Marianne and family my deepest condolences on the loss of Marshall from all of us here in northeast Texas. Leslie Allen and family, Coy Allen and family, and Frances Allen Fletcher and family the kids of Snooky and Claudia Allen. When Marshall gets to heaven maybe they can get together and build a community center.

  15. Marshall was a special friend and I have many great memories of our times together. He helped my wife Susie learn to ride a horse we bought from him many years ago. I will try very hard to make his service. I know he will be missed so much by his family and friends True friendship remains regardless of the years,times or miles that pass. God bless the family.Our prayers our with each of you.Sincerely,Edgar

  16. Dear Mary Ann,

    I am so sorry about your loss. Danny and I had the nicest visit with Marshall just a few months ago. He was such a kind and gentle man. Please know that you and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Susan

  17. Mary Ann and family, We are so sorry about Marshall! It was an honor to have known Marshall, and we know why Robert considered Marshall his best friend. Marshall to me was generous kind, down to earth and real caring friend! Marshall had a great sense of humour and I will always remember the many laughs we shared! May God give you all the strength and comfort to get through this very difficult time.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crenshaw Family. We never had the pleasure of meeting Marshall but he was an inspiration and mentor for our son Stephen. We appreciate the knowledge and common sense that Marshall shared with our son.

  19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, Marshall was an amazing man that had a heart of gold. We are proud to have called him a friend and look forward to the day we will meet again. I know Marshall, Gary Scott and Robert Weir are sitting back swapping stories of longhorn cows and bulls they raised in heaven right now. God Bless ya’ll.

  20. Mary Ann and Family;
    As you know I only met Marshall through Gary Scott, but it was a friendship I have treasured throughout the years. He was such a wonderful man and a true pleasure to know. I am so sorry for your loss and you and your family will be in my prayers.
    God Bless you all.

  21. We are heart broken over your loss. You are in our prayers and if there is anything we could do or if there is anything you need please let us know.

  22. Mary Ann, I was so sorry to hear about Marshall. I have thought of you both often and wondered if you were still into Longhorns. I will alway remember when I convinced Marshall that he needed to bring that hay up for our Texas program. What a love he was. You are so correct that he was a giving person. My prayers are with you during this time. I know loosing a loved one is undefined but remember all the good times and his beautiful blue eyes and smiling face. If I can do anything to help you or just talk please don’t hesitate to call me. 979.255.7301 Thinking of you, Lana McLennan

  23. A terrific friend and neighbor has gone to meet his Heavenly Father, and will be greatly missed by those of us who are still here. The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. When you try to measure Marshall on a scale of one to a hundred his score is at least 99.999++. The only reason it is not 100 is to honor Marshall, because he told me once that no one was perfect. Marshall was definitely an example of perfection, and he was one who measured up. He was an individual who saw the needs of others and difficulties as an opportunity to step up to the plate and knock a home run. Bon Voyage Marshall, just do me one more favor, keep the hinges to the Heavenly Gates well oiled, because I want to join you in chasing a few Heavenly cows around those Greener Pastures.

  24. Mary Ann,

    My thoughts an prayers are with you now. Marshall was a dear soul and a friend to us and all Longhorn Breeder. Know that your and he are remarkable people.

    Evelyn S. Rasmussen

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