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Where are they now? with Lee Marsh

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lee Marsh and his family have been longtime supporters of Lipscomb University and the athletic program for many years. A successful businessman, Lee Marsh is now retired allowing him even more time to watch Lipscomb athletic teams perform. He and his wife, Joyce Ann Marsh, seldom miss an athletic event on the Lipscomb campus. He took time to provide information on his experiences at Lipscomb for lipscombsports.com.

What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

“I played basketball from 1946-48 for Herman Waddell and ‘”Fessor” Eugene Boyce.”

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?

“Riding the bus to and from the games. We had played at Tennessee Tech and because of the snow we couldn’t get back to the dorms. We stopped in Donelson at Miles Ezell’s house and spent the night. We slept all over the house. Mrs. Ezell cooked breakfast for us.”

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?

“Elyon Davis, Hardeman Hendon and Joe Nix became my roommates while I was in school. Miles Ezell also was a close friend in school. We have remained close friends for life.”

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?

“Stunt Night in 1947. It was a talent show. A pretty little girl from Birmingham, Ala., played the piano and sang “All of Me”. Then she came off stage and sat with me on the front row for the rest of the program. I asked to walk her back to her dorm and she said, `yes’. Her name was Joyce Ann Moss and she became my wife.”

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?

“The teachers were excellent!”

“And I have a lifetime of friendships with so many high quality people!”

Who was your favorite professor? Why?

“Willard Collins for Early Hebrew History. He made the characters come alive. I learned a part of the Bible I really didn’t know. It made such an impression on me. I was eager to continue learning.”

Where do you live now?

“In a house originally built by Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Burton which became the Home Ec House and then the Office of Development.”

Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your osition entail?

“I am a retired businessman who started out as a coach. I owned Roper and Marsh Printing. I have been a banker. I also owned four automobile dealerships. I also developed two subdivisions (Beechwood and Pond Community)."

Tell us about your family.

“We have three children: Stephen (Kathy Dillard) and children Kristi, Kelli and Kayla Marsh; Gwendolyn (Ronnie Doak) and children John and Rachel Doak; and Cynthia (Dan Bickel) and children Lauren and Cari Bickel.

“All three children and the three in laws went to Lipscomb. Five of the seven grandchildren have or are attending Lipscomb.”