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Remembering Charles R. Marshall (1929-2011): A Gentle Man

'I will miss Charles. I will miss his smile, his kind manner, and his genuineness.' - CAROL SALATO
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By Carol Salato Myers
Growing up in such a small community as Columbia, I knew most everyone around the Square and Charles Marshall was no exception. Actually, when one mentioned Charles and Yvonne, no last name was needed. They were a beautiful, loving couple who reminded me so much of my parents in their devotion to each other and their love of family.

As a frequent movie-goer, I saw Charles often. He was a soft-spoken man who always had a kind word for everyone.

I cannot pass up the opportunity to tell a story about Charles.

My dad, Dr. Salato, kept pretty close tabs on me during my teenage years. How close those tabs were, I really did not realize. From time to time he would ask me to come by his office for a chat. I knew these chats were probably not about something wonderful I had done, and I would be sweating bullets. Once he told me that he knew I had been sneaking out of the theater. I was shocked beyond belief! I thought I had covered my tracks pretty well. I promised to mend my ways.

I kept wondering how in the world he knew. Several years later it dawned on me. It had to have been Charles Marshall. How in the world could I not have known? He and Charles were very close friends and talked often. I was in my 40's before I had the nerve to ask Charles about it. He never would say that he was the one, but his sly smile and subtle laugh spoke volumes. I certainly never held it against him.I liked and respected him too much.

I will miss Charles. I will miss his smile, his kind manner, and his genuineness. He truly was a gentle man.

Carol Salato Myers --Carol Salato Myers

See also: Charles R. Marshall, Columbia, KY (1929-2011)

This story was posted on 2011-06-10 04:47:02
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