Bessie Marshall, popular coach, educator will be eulogized Saturday



Funeral services for popular coach and teacher Bessie Carol Murphy Marshall will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Gertrude Heyn Memorial Chapel on Bethune-Cookman University’s campus. Marshall died Oct. 3 at Halifax- Health Medical Center. She was 76.

Bessie Carol Murphy Marshall

Bessie Carol Murphy Marshall

Marshall retired as an educator with the Volusia County Public Schools.  Her teaching career began in Palmetto and she continued at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce.

She taught physical education, coached basketball and cheerleading, and taught dance at Southwestern High School for six years.

Due to integration in 1970, she was assigned to New Smyrna Beach High School during the 1970-1971 school year.

Avid B-CU supporter
Her career continued at Spruce Creek High School, where she was dean of students and the girls basketball coach. She also taught at Campbell Middle School, eventually retiring at Mainland High.

She had a dance group known as the Bessie Marshall dancers. She maintained a close relationship with the dancers throughout her life.

Marshall was a member of the Bethune-Cookman University booster club and an avid supporter of  the B-CU Wildcats. She traveled extensively in support of them with the Edward “Creamy’’ Hayes group.

She was a member of the B-CU Alumni Association, Texas Woman’s University Alumni Association and the NAACP.

She was a lifelong member of New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  She also was a recipient of many awards and accolades.

Daytona native
Marshall was born in Daytona Beach to the late Willie Bob and Mary Evelyna Murphy.

She graduated with honors in 1954 from Campbell High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Bethune-Cookman in 1958. During that year, she was crowned Miss Homecoming. While at the college, she also was on the girls basketball team.

She earned a Master of Arts degree in dance and related arts from Texas Woman’s University in Denton Texas in 1974. She continued her education at Florida A&M University in administration and supervision in 1976.

Wake on Oct. 11
Survivors include brothers Jerry A. Murphy (Ann) and Benjamin I. Murphy (Gladys) of Daytona Beach, and James O. Murphy of Norwalk Conn.; sisters, Ophelia W. Robinson, Ernestine M. Seales (Raymond), Janice D. Murphy of Palm Coast; and a host of other relatives.

A wake is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 11 at New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. Daytona Beach.   Herbert Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Interment will follow the funeral at Greenwood Cemetery.

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