The Marshall J. Walton Memorial Scholarship Endowment will support generations of students who came to the University of South Alabama as graduates of St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The scholarship honors Marshall J. Walton, a St. Paul’s graduate who was recently killed in a tragic accident at the age of 25. Members of the Alabama Associated General Contractors joined together with Marshall’s parents, Johnny and Kathy Walton, to make this fund possible.
“We are truly touched by all the people who gave,” said Johnny Walton, a former president of the Alabama Associated General Contractors. “We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity of numerous family, friends and contractor friends.”
Speaking about the scholarship, Kathy Walton said, “We felt that it would be Marshall’s wish to help other people achieve their goals and pursue their dreams. We believe this would be exactly what he would want us to do.”
She recalled a son who enjoyed the outdoors: an avid fisherman with a warm heart and friendly spirit. “He loved all of his family and friends. He had a contagious laugh, a beautiful smile, a tremendous heart. Every time one of his friends was feeling down, they knew if they came around Marshall he would lift them back up.”
The sudden and unexpected death of someone so young is a painful reminder of the extreme fragility of life. “It is Marshall’s spirit that’s being memorialized,” said Charlotte Kopf, manager of the Mobile Section of the Alabama AGC. “On behalf of the Alabama Associated General Contractors, we are thankful to all who have so generously made gifts in honor of Marshall Walton to help establish this scholarship. This scholarship will give many students the opportunity to pursue an education while at the same time honoring Marshall.”
This story is reprinted from Taking the Lead, a USA publication.