in loving memory: virgil marshall iii - the impact of one man and his family
on july 5, one day after we celebrated our nation’s independence, virgil marshall iii celebrated independence from his earthly body and entered into the eternal presence of his loving savior. the life, leadership, and testimony of virgil, and that of his entire family, have had a profound impact for god’s kingdom, including nebraska christian college.
in 1944, a group of dedicated men and women who were passionate about training students for the biblical church leadership gathered together in the home of virgil ii and laverne marshall in wymore, nebraska. with much prayer, discussion, determination and personal sacrifice, nebraska christian college was established, and classes were offered for the first time in the fall of 1944. virg marshall iii continued the legacy of faith and desire to share the saving knowledge of the gospel that he learned in the home of his parents throughout his life.
virg’s interest in coin dealing grew into a full-time business when he launched as “the penny merchant,” for which he was known nationwide. his testimony of faith was evident in everything he did and his success as the penny merchant enabled him to be a very generous financial supporter ncc.
for many years, virgil served as a trustee for nebraska christian college. another trustee recalls how critical virg’s input and perspective were when the board voted to relocate the college to papillion. virgil put aside his personal opinions and desires for whatever was best for the institution, as was influential in unifying the trustees’ vote.
duane king, one of virgil’s close friends, led the memorial service in virgil’s honor. near the end of the service, duane said, “if virg were here today, he’d be saying, ‘why are you talking so much about me? you should be talking about the most important thing: salvation through christ!’”
members of the marshall family have served in key roles in the leadership of wymore church of christ for many decades, which, in addition to its financial support of ncc, has encouraged and sent a significant number of students to attend nebraska christian college. virg’s son-in-law, rich milliken, is a former ncc president.
we at nebraska christian college will be forever grateful for the love and support of virgil marshall iii and his entire family.