MarShawn M. McCarrell II

MarShawn was born November 23, 1992 in Columbus, Ohio to Leatha and Marshawn McCarrel Sr. He is a graduate of Franklin Heights High School, class of 2011. He and his twin brother MarQuan are the founders of Pursing Our Dreams (POD), built on the belief that “We must build community to move community”. He started the movement “Feed the Streets” and it continues on today with the help of Bev Staples, a really close family friend. He recently received the NAACP Hometown Hero Humanitarian award for 2016, acknowledging his work and efforts in Columbus.

MarShawn has contributed all over the United States. He was a member of the Nashville Five, an active participant in the Ferguson Movement, a membr of the National Poetry Slam team and a teacher for Freedom Schools. Along with countless other positive efforts, he was a powerful speaker, leader, an artist, a historian and a lover of all mankind.

He is survived by his parents, Leatha McCarrel and MarShawn (Tasha) McCarrel Sr. His twin brother MarQuan (Keierrah) McCarrel, and other brother Khyri McCarrel. Step brother Kavon Montgomery, sister in law Keionnah Lair, maternal grandmother Nettie Barfield and maternal great grandmother Ruby Barfield. Paternal grandmother Deborah McCarel, and grandfather William McCarrel. He has a long list of aunts, cousins, friends and a very special friend Breyia Mosley.

MarShawn was an active member at Committed to The Word Church, under the leadership of Pastor Reginald Edwards. MarShawn impacted so many lives and made a difference in his community in so many ways in his short 23 years of life and was well loved all over the world.

Visitation 12:00pm and Celebration of Life Service to follow at 2:00p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, 858 E. 3rd Avenue. Repass 5pm at 580 East Woodrow Avenue. Interment 10am Monday, February 15, 2016 at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. I pray that God will allow the peace that only He can give to be your comforter. I pray that understanding will soon cross your path. I pray that love for MarShawn will always be in your heart! I pray for your entire family and the community that loved MarShawn.

  2. We continue to lift The McCarrel Family in prayer…may God strengthen you during this time of loss.
    Pastor & 1st Lady Goodwin,
    New Hope Baptist Church
    Columbia, SC 29201

  3. Colleen Cunningham and Rick Redfern

    I am so sorry to lose your fire on this Earth, Sir. To your family, please know that he was loved by all and offered all of us hope for the future. Our thoughts are with you at this troubling time.

  4. My deepest condolences to the McCarrel family. I had the honor and extreme pleasure of crossing paths with MarShawn during his younger years. You could sense early on, him and his brothers were going to be future leaders in our community by how they were being raised with plenty of forethought, love and guidance by their proud parents. It was instilled in him to be deligent in his studies, mannerable to his elders and helpful to all. Although his time in this life was limited to 23 years, his work placed him at the forefront as a Leader amongst men. Leatha and MarShawn has lost a son and we in the community have lost a devoted rising star. May he Rest in Heavenly Peace. I Salute Him!

  5. To the family of MarShawn, you have my deepest sympathy in your loss. I did not know him personally but my understanding is that he made an impact on people around the world. It hurts my heart when I hear of a young life gone too soon! God knows the pain his death has caused and he promises that he will wipe away your tears, and that death will be no more (Revelation 21:3, 4).

  6. MISSIONARY D.L. RANGE

    GOD BLESS THE REVELATION THAT BLACK LIVES MATTER! THANK YOU LORD GOD FOR THE LIFE OF THIS SON OF A GREAT GOD, WHO HEALED WITH THREE GREAT WORDS! GENERAL, MarShawn MacCarrel II HEARD A LIGHT GIVING VISION AND RAN OBEDIENTLY WITH IT! IT WAS THE HOPE THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAD ALWAYS BEEN PRAYING TO HEAR! IT WAS GODS WILL…”BLACK LIVES MATTER!”

    SO WILLINGLY THIS YOUNG MAN TOOK THE NONVIOLENT MANTLE AND SERVED EXPONENTIAL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE! FOR THIS, GOD SAYS, “THANK YOU…WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS, I KNOW YOU WERE FAITHFUL AND HOPEFUL OF WHAT IS TO BECOME OF THE VISION! THEREFORE, MOVE UP A LITTLE HIGHER SON, SIT HERE ON MY RIGHT HAND, AND WATCH…YOUR LABORS HAVE NEVER BEEN IN VAIN! YOUR HARD WORK AND SACRIFICES WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! JUST WATCH…JUSTICE COMES!”

    2 CHRONICLES 19: 6-7

  7. McCarrel Family
    Although no words can really help to ease the pain of a loss so profound, may it comfort you to know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers. MarShawn touched so many lives for the good. Our family is grateful we had the chance to know him and our memories of him are everlasting. Charles’ birthday at Dave & Buster is one our most cherished memories of him. May God give you the strength to overcome distress and lead the path of hope and continuity for the realization of MarShawn’s dream of a better world for everyone. Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love the brought into our lives. Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences are with you and your family. Rest in Peace MarShawn.

    The Green Family

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