Officials in Madison County called Glenn Marshall one of the most iconic figures in the history of their Board of Education. Marshall died suddenly earlier today, leaving his colleagues in shock.
"Gosh, it's just a total really almost a crying sadness for all of us," says John Lackey, a school board member.
Marshall began his career in 1967 as a teacher at Madison Central High School. He rose through the ranks of the school district, eventually serving as superintendent from 1998 to 2001. John Lackey says Marshall's humble beginnings on a farm led him to fight for the futures of children with similar backgrounds.
"There are not many people that would have the life story of Glenn. He wanted people who came from backgrounds like his to have an opportunity for the American dream," says Lackey.
From 2001 to now, Mr. Marshall had worked as assistant superintendent here at the Madison County Board of Education. Lackey says his death leaves a void that won't be easily filled.
"It's almost impossible to replace Glenn at this time. I'm assuming that somebody else will have to be helped along and trained and go to a lot of seminars and pick up a lot of things that Glenn knew off the top of his head," he says.
In 2006, Glenn R. Marshall Elementary School was opened. Officials say the school was named after him because of his dedication, leadership, and management in the district. The Madison County coroner won't comment on the cause of Marshall's death except to say that foul play is not suspected.