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