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Marshall Robert Wood died peacefully at home in Savannah, Georgia on September 22, 2018 after living with cancer for five years.

He was born March 23, 1945 to George Leach Wood and Margaret Stonesifer Wood and raised in Louisville, Kentucky through his graduation from Seneca High School (1963). He graduated from Vanderbilt University (1967) and Emory University Law School (1970) and became a resident of Savannah in 1970 where he practiced Law for 30 years.

Starting in 1996, he instructed students at Armstrong Atlantic University as an adjunct professor and discovered a love for being an educator. It was through teaching and coaching at Savannah Christian Preparatory School (2001-2015) that he shared his passion for writing, civics, history, democracy, and athletics with students and colleagues.

In the community, Marshall coached youth sports and was an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for 48 years. In everything he did, relationships mattered. Family, friends, and the community were his priority.

We will miss his love, his calm strength, his friendship, and the stories he told to engage us in the moment and connect us through the tapestry of his life. Marshall’s life will be celebrated by Lynn, his wife of 51 years and love of his life, his children Sarah Collier and Jeffrey Wood (Lisa), his grandchildren Olivia and Vivienne, his brother G. Wallace “Wally” Wood (Patty), his aunt Anne Wood, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to join the family at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on September 29, 2018 for visitation at 11:00am and his memorial service at 12:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in honor of Marshall may be sent to Hospice Savannah Foundation or St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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  1. mary ann dudley says:

    thinking of you all during this time. “It takes a village”, and Marshall was an important part of my children’s lives growing up and my life!
    thank you for your friendship Marshall, and love!

    (I wanted to make this much longer in Marshall’s honor!)

    prayers to you Lynn, Sarah and Jeff.

    Love and hugs, Mary Ann Dudley

  2. Annie Baldwin says:

    Coach Wood was always one of my favorite teachers at SCPS. He took me to many golf tournaments when my coach was unable to and I took AP Government with him as a senior. Never did I ever meet a more engaging, passionate, knowledgeable, or iconic teacher than Coach Wood. I now teach in the same classroom where I was once Coach Wood’s students. A decorative copy of the Declaration of Independence and a small American flag ornament are still on display from when this was his room. I am honored to fill the space he once did and I hope to be the kind of teacher he was for me. Thank you for sharing him with us. We were truly blessed to know him.

  3. Robin Wakefield says:

    I am so sad to read this news. Mr. Wood was my political science instructor at Armstrong. It was one, if not the, most favorite of all my studies. He was a fantastic teacher and he and I were sorely outnumbered in our straw poll as the only two conservatives in the room. Lol. My son goes to Sav Christian and I loved bumping in to Mr. Wood from time to time. He will be missed!

  4. Lynn McGee says:

    So thankful for Coach Wood’s gentle leadership and work with three of our sons at Savannah Christian Preparatory School — in the classroom and in cross country. What a blessing to them and to our family. He radiated kindness, caring and a welcoming spirit when we were new to Savannah.

  5. Ronald Speier says:

    As a classmate of Marshall’s at Seneca, I was so sorry to hear of his passing.

  6. Linda Crow says:

    Offering my condolences for your loss. May God’s loving kindness become a source of comfort to you and the hearer of prayers strengthen you.

  7. Gerry Tessner says:

    Remembering Marshall from high school as a wonderful young man
    I know he fought the good fight and will be greatly missed. I wish the family peace during this time of sorrow..

  8. Spencer Lawton says:

    Someone mentioned Marshall’s calm strength. This understates the case dramatically. I practiced law in close association with Marshall for several years in the seventies. This can be a stressful occupation — for most people. I have never known a calmer person, or one more apparently at peace with himself and his world in every moment of his life. Together with his quiet, ironic sense of humor, he has been an inspiration for me and I will miss him.

  9. The Clawson Family says:

    Coach Wood, thank you for being such an inspiration to our boys, Joseph and Nate. We will always be grateful for your teachings and your guidance but most of all your love and friendship. You will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad sad time. We love you coach Wood. You were an amazing man. Don, Risa, Joseph and Nate

  10. Woody Turrentine says:

    Marshall was a mentor to me in Boy Scout Troop 19 in Louisville.

  11. Ellen Bacot /Habersham Beverage Center says:

    I had the privilege of meeting Marshall Wood 6 yrs ago when I first started working at HBC. Our conversations consisted of family, friends, and a slight coincidence, that I knew another ‘Marshall Wood!’ A very close family friend in Mississippi. Who also battled cancer. Another coincidence, that his lovely wife, named Lynn, was also my mothers name. Lynn Morgan, who also battled cancer before she passed away. I had the great honor and privilege of getting to know them so well on the occasional visit to our store, HBC. SUCH AN AWESOME AND HUMBLING MAN!!! Whenever he came in, it was always the same ….. a beautiful, sweet smile, and saying “Hey princess” with a kiss on the cheek. He will be very much missed. My thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Lynn and the whole family. He was truly a customer that made me love my job just by them coming by occasionally. A beautiful and loving man…ALWAYS SMILING, STRONG, CONFIDENT and always having a kind word or sweet joke. Will miss his sweet smile and nature so very much.

  12. Priscilla Russell says:

    I worked with Marshall when he was in private practice back in the seventies. He shared an office with Lawton & Karpf and I served as the legal secretary for the three lawyers. He was a very pleasant and generous man. He was so very proud of his family that he loved so very much. He will surely be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family.
    Priscilla Russell

  13. Bob Graham says:

    I miss Marshall. I miss his enthusiasm when he started at Savannah Christian and said teaching and coaching was a dream come true. I miss sharing a room in the morning and putting funny science quotes on his board and having him try to explain them to his classes. I miss him walking a quarter of a mile to my classroom to bring my coffee mug that I often left in his room. I miss the 4:30 calls and texts in the morning because he knew I’d be awake. Our last communication was a week before he passed away and he ended by asking how my family was doing! Marshall was a gentle soul, that’s why all the students loved him. I miss my friend. God speed.

  14. Kathleen Mahoney Taylor says:


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
    during this difficult time.

  15. Michael Karpf says:

    My deepest condolences to Lynn and family. Along with Spencer Lawton, I shared office space with Marshall in the mid ‘70’s. He was a wonderful man who cared for his family most of all. One of the qualities I admired most in him was his grace under pressure. I rarely saw him without a smile on his face. He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. May his memory be a blessing to his family.
    Michael Karpf

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