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Marshall Keith Kern, Sr.

Marshall Keith Kern, Sr. Marshall Keith Kern, Sr. passed away February 16, 2020 at the age of 94 in his home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi with his beloved wife, Ann, of seventy-three years at his side. Visitation was Friday, February 21 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home in Crystal Springs with his funeral held at the Crystal Springs Church of Christ Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m. and graveside service at Canton City Cemetery in Canton at 2 p.m. He was born March 11, 1925 in Ofahoma, Mississippi as the seventh child to parents Mable Dell Watkins and Benjamin Thomas Kern. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents as did his six siblings and their spouses, daughter-in-law Sherry Willis Kern, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marshall is survived by his wife, the former Betty Ann McBride of Crystal Springs, Mississippi; a son, Marshall Keith Kern, Jr. (Dinah DeGeorge) of Meyersville, Texas; a daughter Martha Karen Clower (William) of Crystal Springs, Mississippi; Granddaughters Amanda C. Wilson (Keith) of Crystal Springs, Rebecca K. Herrington (James) of Oma, Mississippi and Meghan C. Meredith (Shane) of Starkville, Mississippi; five great-granddaughters Taylor and Olivia Wilson, Lillian, Lydia and Layana Meredith; and two great-grandsons Caleb and Hunter. During his time in high school in the early 40s, he was one of the first students in the nation to be chosen to drive a public-school bus. His teachers and fellow students, as well as school administrators, recognized his responsible behavior and recommended his appointment. He enjoyed this activity until he was enlisted in the United States Navy as we entered World War II. After serving three years he was discharged and had returned home to Canton, Mississippi where he met the “pest freshman” who always kicked him under the library table before he went into the service. She graduated in May and they were married in July 1946. As a couple they experienced job hunting, as every other veteran did, and following the birth of their son deecided he would apply his knowledge to a higher education. He began his studies at Millsaps College in 1948 with a Geology major and developed a close relationship under Dr. Richard Priddy. Dr. Priddy recommended his attendance to the University of Tennessee Special Geology Study. In 1951 after three years of attention to his studies, he graduated from Millsaps. His first job after college was as a mud bug with Stanolin in the bayous of Louisiana. First in Houma, then New Iberia, Jennings and on to Orange, Texas. In each location the priority was to find a congregation of the Church of Christ which the couple attended faithfully. From Texas on to Casper, Wyoming where their daughter was born in 1952. In his new position as Staff Geologist, he assumed a great amount of experience and responsibility with oil production results. In 1954 he was transferred to Bismarck, North Dakota as a Senior Geologist. In 1957 he was transferred to Jackson, Mississippi due to family illness. He was a member and a past officer of Geological Geophysical Society, Jackson Petroleum Club, and Independent Petroleum Association of America. When time was spent in the oil fields no matter where or when, he was known with great respect as the “Candy Man”. Marshall’s priority was church, family and business in that order, but in his spare time, he loved to golf. The family would like to express their love and gratitude to so many friends, relatives and caregivers for their attention and caring for us with loads of food and his favorite “sweets”.

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