Visitation tonight for ex-athlete who collapsed, died last week

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 10:56 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 3:06 PM
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A viewing for friends and family of Eric Marshall will be held 6-8 p.m. today at Thomas Poteet and Sons Funeral Home, 214 Davis Road, Augusta.

Mr. Marshall, 24, will be buried Thursday following a 1 p.m. funeral service at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, Augusta.

A former Greenbrier High School basketball standout who was to be the school’s assistant coach next season, Mr. Marshall collapsed and died April 22 while playing basketball at the Warren Road Community Center gym.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said the preliminary cause of death was an enlarged heart, and that Mr. Marshall probably had the condition for a number of years.

Mr. Marshall worked as a housing program coordinator with Richmond County Housing and Community Development. He had planned to start a non-profit basketball academy and scholarship fund for youth in Augusta.

He graduated from Greenbrier in 2003 after playing basketball under coach Garrett Black. He was named Player of the Year by The Columbia County News-Times twice. In 2003, Marshall was named The Augusta Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

He earned a scholarship to play at Wofford College, where he averaged 10 points per game, but was slowed during his final two seasons by knee injuries.

A memorial fund in Mr. Marshall’s name has been established to fund a scholarship and to support the non-profit Mr. Marshall started. Donations can be made to the Eric Marshall Memorial Fund at any area Wachovia bank location.


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