William L. Marlow, 91, passed away May 18 at his home in SunRiver, St. George, Utah. He was born Aug. 1, 1924, in Inman, South Carolina, to Otto and Gerry Aileen Horton Marlow. Mr. Marlow married Evanell Ator Davis, of Abilene, Texas, in Modesto, California, on March 29, 2008.
Mr. Marlow grew up in Inman, South Carolina, was in ROTC and entered Clemson University, eventually earning a degree in Agriculture Science after serving in the Army during World War II. He was a Baptist. After beginning his profession with FMC, he lived in Jacksonville, Florida; San Benito, Texas; Fresno, California; and Modesto, California. He retired in 1982 after traveling all over the world seeking new business for FMC products. He also lived in Abilene, Texas, with his last wife, Evanell, for two and a half years before returning to their home in Modesto.
Mr. Marlow was fondly referred to as the Energizer Bunny during those years and after he retired. He was busy building, refinishing and repairing furniture; making and repairing clocks; and being an auctioneer. He was active in the Boy Scouts. He was the head usher at his church, Centenary Methodist, and led the group of men who repaired, maintainedand mended church property and also took care of problems the elderly faced in their homes. He took charge of the Cambodian refugees who even now have their own worship group at Centenary in Modesto. He paid for college educations for some of them and built a church and a women’s clinic in Cambodia.
When he was manager of the FMC plant and warehouse in Fresno, he was well known as one of the top goodwill ambassadors for the city. He never ran from tough situations with employees and was always ready to lend a helping hand, always willing to solve problems. He and his first wife, Helen, mother of their five sons, frequently entertained visitors and friends on short notice. He sponsored exchange students and remained in contact with them and with people he had stayed with in Belgium during the war.
This marriage of over fifty years produced five sons: William of Columbus, Ohio; John, now deceased, (Betty) of Harlingen; Bert (Kathy) of SunRiver, St. George, Utah; Fitz (Gladys) of Irving, Texas; and Charles (Leslee) of Pacific Grove, California. Grandchildren are Anna Garver (Matt) of Columbus, Ohio; Amanda (Matt) Di Biasie of Camino, California; Keith Marlow and fiance April of Jacksonville, Florida; Heather Marlow of Modesto; Jason (Ashley) of Salida, California; Tiffany (Seth) Munsey of Pacific Grove, California; and Kim (Alex) Said of Marina, California. Great grandchildren are Audric and Bash Garver, Kaylee and Layla Munsey, Audrey Marlow, and Devin Marlow.
Mr. Marlow is survived by his wife, Evanell; a brother, Glenn Marlo; and a sister, Alice Blackwell. He was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother, Leroy Marlow; his first wife, Helen, and his second wife, Merle; and his son, John Marlow. .
- Funeral Services will be held Monday, May 23, at 11 a.m., with a visitation at 10 a.m., at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah.
- Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, California.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.
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