H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA



June 30, 1934July 21, 2017

William T. Marsden, 83, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Village Park at Spaulding Assisted Living Facility in Norcross, GA. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Ann (Spencer) Marsden; sons, Christopher Marsden and partner, Alex Lowe; William M. Marsden and wife Christie Marsden; and grandson William J. Marsden. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, MI, Mr. Marsden was the son of William E. Marsden and Lillian Marsden Rivard. He made Norcross his home for the past 21 years. After graduating from Grosse Pointe South High School in 1953, Mr. Marsden attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. He then served in the Navy as a Seaman, First Class, until his discharge in 1960. Later that year he met Ann Spencer at a dance hosted by the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. They were married in St. Paul’s Church on the Lake in 1962. Mr. Marsden went on to earn a master’s degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1969. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Marsden became a high school history teacher in 1961 before becoming a high school principal in 1966. In 1971, he left teaching after accepting a position as V.P. of sales for the Xerox Corporation based in Stamford, CT. In 1983, he became the Director of Sales for the Zig Ziglar Corporation in Dallas Texas. Mr. Marsden always said that working for Zig, the famed American author, salesman, and motivational speaker, was one of the most rewarding experiences of his career. In 1992, he became the publisher of Builder/Architect Magazine in Charlotte and Atlanta before retiring in 1997. Mr. Marsden was known by friends and family for both his fun-loving nature and his passion for health and fitness. An avid tennis player, he was a member of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA) and the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross. He and wife Ann both attended Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church. Mr. Marsden’s final arrangements will be attended to by H. M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill. An informal celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 29th, between 2 and 4pm at Village Park at Spaulding, 5701 Spaulding Drive, Norcross, GA.



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July 26, 2017

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

Dan Keller

July 25, 2017

Bill and my father (Bob) were close, childhood friends. Our families grew close and often spent vacation/leisure time together. As our families evolved, time and distance challenged our relationship, but, like all good friends we stayed in touch and visited when we could. As we built our own families/lives, we still kept in touch. I was honored to be able to work with Bill and Ann as their financial advisor, and visited them in Norcross. Bill's work for Zig Ziglar provided me inspiration and motivation in my career. His advice and guidance as a mentor helped me weather some difficult times. And the confidence he placed in me as an advisor all greatly endeared me to him and Ann. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ann, Bill and Chris. RIP MR. Marsden.

July 22, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11