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Marion Smith McIntosh
April 1, 1943 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Marion Smith McIntosh also known as Jimmy, Mac, and Speedy, passed from this life on November 15, 2023, after a lengthy illness. He was born to Leroy McIntosh and Velma Austin on April 1, 1943, in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. He was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas along with his nine siblings. He attended Field Kindley High in Coffeyville until he was drafted and inducted into the United States Army on March 25, 1964. He served as cook in Vietnam and received a service medal as a sharpshooter rifle M14. He was stationed in Vietnam until March 23, 1966 and continued his service in the Reserves until March 24, 1970.
After his years in the military, Marion moved to Springfield, Ohio and began his legacy of service to the community. He was best known for his many years of service within the St. Luke Baptist/Restored Life Ministries Church where he was ordained as a minister in 1975 and served as the chair of the finance committee for 30 years. As finance chair he oversaw the construction of the new Restored Life Ministries church building, managed the facilitation of building contracts and assisted with the review of the successful completion of the project. He also worked for Springfield City Schools as an equipment operator for 30 years until his retirement on January 1, 1996. His work within the school system spanned well beyond his role as an equipment operator as he assisted with organizing staff development days, supervised community school programs for students completing service through the juvenile court system, and worked as a security and attendance officer substitute after his retirement. Marion’s commitment to serving the community included a multitude of volunteer roles including serving as president of the Area Alliance of Black School Educators of Springfield, OH; second vice president of the Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators; volunteered with Justice, Action, Mercy (JAM) of Springfield & Clark County, C.O.R.E. Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, and the Urban League. Beyond his loyal acts of volunteerism, he also stayed active in retirement as he served as a greeter at Walmart, worked for Mental Health Services, and participated on numerous church committees including transportation committee, the BBQ committee, the choir, and security committee. He also enjoyed traveling around the country to visit with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Austin McIntosh, Mildred Ross, James McIntosh, Clista Rozzell, Rayford McIntosh, Robert McIntosh; special brother-in-law, Selma Rozzell; special sister-in-law, Lanetta McIntosh; and special nephew, Selmer “Robin” Rozzell.
Marion is survived by his loving children, MeLinda (Lonnie) Allen of Westerville, OH, Melody McIntosh of Springfield, OH, Monté (Makiva) McIntosh of Columbus, OH, and Shannon Ferguson of Fort Mill, South Carolina; grandchildren, Rikia LeLewis, Jasmine D. Lee, Jade D. Evans, Elijah McIntosh, and Aniyah McIntosh; and great grandchild, Italy Dozier; siblings, Royann (Gerald) Thaxton, Mary Marshall, and Brent McIntosh. Also left to cherish his memory are special sons, Min. Tyrone Cole, Lawrence Brown Jr, and Drew Randolph; special brothers, Craig Williams, Elmer Busher, Reverend Larry D. Coleman, Clint Jackson, and Arthur “Pluter” Crowe; special nieces, Christi Trent, Shavon Duffy, and Amber White; special nephews, Dennis, Roy, Ray, Ron and Keith McIntosh; and former spouse, Shirley M. McIntosh. Marion will also be fondly remembered by a host of other relatives, mentees, and friends.
Marion touched many lives and his presence, laughter, and love will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
Funeral service 10 am Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Restore Life Ministries, 1117 Innisfallen Avenue, Springfield, Ohio. Visitation 9 am- 10 am at which time family will receive friends. Interment 10 am Monday, November 27, 2023, at Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield Ohio. Arrangements entrusted to House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc.