Vince “Punchy” Marshall

June 7, 1928 - December 2, 2020

06/07/1928 - 12/02/2020

Past Services

Sunday December 06, 2020
10:00 am
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

Vince Freeman “Punchy” Marshall, Jr., 92, “graduated” to his heavenly home on December 2, 2020. When he left his earthly home, he was surrounded by his daughters, who adored him.
Punchy’s larger-than-life personality is impossible to capture in a few paragraphs.  Over the span of his long and fruitful life, he touched innumerable lives from children, grandchildren, students, athletes and dear friends.
Punchy grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and moved to the Ocean View area of Norfolk, VA at the age of 12. The eldest son of four children to Gelia Beatrice Marshall, she often said, “Bud’s a good boy.”  He graduated from Granby High School as a three-sport athlete and the University of Virginia as a member of the boxing team. He married Evelyn Juanita “Nini” Gale Marshall, the love of his life, in 1952. They enjoyed a 66-year marriage together before her departure to be with Jesus in 2018.
A devoted Christian, Punchy left a legacy in so many ways.  His no-nonsense, yet fun-loving, nature made him the kind of man people loved to be around.  He led and loved his ever-growing family well, always making them laugh with one-liners and stories of adventures with childhood, high school and college friends.  Over the course of a 30-year career as an educator, he taught high school students and athletes not only basketball and baseball strategies but also life lessons. One of his greatest passions was bringing children to Ocean View Baptist Church on the church bus, which he drove for over three decades.
In his retirement, Punchy immensely enjoyed the camaraderie of his golf buddies.
Punchy is survived by his brother, Matt and his wife Susan; daughters, Nancy and husband Ronald Rhodes; Claudia and husband Nate Blake; Pam Gurnee; Terri and husband David Hopper; and Lisa and husband Allen Ebert; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. While he will be greatly missed, his family finds peace in knowing he is enjoying his reward in Heaven and his reunion with Nini, which he spoke of often.
Due to COVID-19 the family will have a private graveside service Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia. However the family would still appreciate the presence of friends and family virtually. Altmeyer Funeral Home has coordinated a live stream service for the service on the date and time listed. Please CLICK HERE to view the service. A celebration of Punchy’s life is tentatively planned for June, 2021. Memorial donations can be made to Bayside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1920 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 or Kempsville Men’s Golf Association Virginia Beach Amateur Scholarship, 4840 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

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2 years ago

Coach’s 90th Birthday Party

Janet and Bob Molinaro
1 year ago

We send our condolences to the Marshall family. Lisa entertained us at Sentara Leigh with stories about her dad as the father of 5 girls! The Virginian-Pilot article was a great tribute. Rest in peace.

david moyer
1 year ago

My condolences to the Marshall family. Coach Marshall was a teacher, mentor and coach to countless young men and women. He was a fierce competitor, but always an honorable man. He was truly a decent man. It was an honor to coached by him.
Dave Moyer, Granby ’71

John Chernesky
1 year ago

Coach Marshall was such a positive influence for all of us who knew him. His energy was contagious, both in the classroom and on the court. Having him as my Geography teacher and hearing him pronounce Barbados always cracked me up. A great man. RIP.

Don Greene
1 year ago

Punchy was a good customer of mine, Don Greene’s Garage. He always had a smiling face. He knew some of the couches that I knew at Great Bridge HI. I also knew him when he ran with the Tidewater Striders in the 80s. I will miss him a lot. Don Greene.

Helen Ripley and Family
1 year ago

With heartfelt sympathy,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Trust GOD to give you peace and strength during the days ahead.
May GOD bless the family,

Bill Dannemann
1 year ago

Will not forget playing for Punchy (Granby baseball ‘61) and especially with him on the golf course (2011). He was a joy to be around

Louisa Gies
2 years ago

Punchy was an amazing man, husband, father, grand and great grandfather, and he will be dearly missed. I will never forget how he always had cleaver one line statements that always made me smile. I am glad that he is with our Lord and his beautiful Nini. Love and hugs to you all.

Glynda Johnson
2 years ago

When your light still shines in the eyes and smiles of your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, you have lived a good life. Your father lived a VERY good life!

John Gupton
2 years ago

Those of us who got to play for and learn from Coach Marshall were truly blessed. He taught us many things the most important of which were to how to work hard, overcome adversity, be selfless and become a better person. In many ways he was my second father and good friend and I put great value in this relationship throughout my life. He lead by example, made us deal with the realities of life but also was able to interject his very good sense of humor. Coach’s life impacted many people in so many positive ways and his good deeds and our great memories of him will live on. I recently came across a description of another person, which also described Coach Marshall. “He always did the right thing for the right reason and in the right way”. God Bless Coach Marshall and his many family members.