William M. Marrs
July 14, 1941 – June 22, 2020
William Marshall Marrs II, Bill to his many friends and family, passed away on June 22, 2020. He was born in Monahans, Texas, on July 14, 1941 to Carol Bernice Johnson Marrs and William Marshal Marrs.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sylvia (Starling) Marrs and three children, Leigh Marrs Goldstein (Jeff) of Pflugerville, William (Trey) Marrs III (Pam), of Houston, and Charles Edward Marrs (Cynthia) of Pflugerville. He was blessed with five grandchildren, Sarah Goldstein, Abigail Marrs, Marshal Marrs, Grayson Marrs and Katherine Marrs. He also leaves behind two younger brothers, James Edward Marrs of Round Rock and John Thomas Marrs of Kerens.
Bill’s professional life was spent in education, first with 17 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona where he helped Navajo youth. He continued working in education with the Department of the Army at Ft. Hood, TX, where he served the needs of soldiers wishing to further their own education. He retired from Federal Service after 20 years, adding a final five years to his professional life with Northrop Grummond.
Bill and Sylvia had a rich, fulfilling retirement. They were able to travel the world and see everything from ruins in Ancient Greece to all the Bloody Castles of the United Kingdom (or so he liked to say). However, where Bill found the most fulfillment was the joyful time he spent with the Sons of the American Revolution. His genealogical research helped hundreds of people join the organization, and he served in nearly every state office up to and including State President, as well as Vice-President General of the national SAR. He was also a member of the Mayflower Society, War of 1812 Society and Admiral of the Texas Navy.
A man of infinite compassion, Bill would often dress in his period George Washington costume to attend naturalization ceremonies for new citizens, volunteering to take pictures and celebrate the entry into our country of its newest citizens.
Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Round Rock. He was a beloved grandfather, a wonderful father, and a good friend to many, many people. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bill’s name to a charity of your choice.
A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays Street, Round Rock, Texas. Due to the current COVID protocols, guests are required to wear protective face masks at all times and practice the recommended six foot social distancing.
Bill’s service will be live-streamed and you can join services at 1:30 p.m., Saturday by logging into https://vimeo.com/434119572.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
William M. Marrs
July 13, 2020
To Sylvia and the famil, we have many memories of Bill at the national meetings and congresses. He was a pleasant but relentless worker and dedicated to the SAR. He was Mr. SAR IT for many years. We are blessed by our association with him and Sylvia.
Our thoughts and prayers are for Sylvia and the family
July 10, 2020
I am sorry to say my plans to speak at Bill’s service are cancelled due to concerns over personal contact at this gathering. I wish those attending the best. I believe everyone who has come to honor Bill Marrs is doing so because they knew him as a loyal friend, a compatriot, an advisor, a wise person, a respected leader, and as well as many other commendable qualities. These are the reasons I honor and remember him today.
I knew Bill from the Army Education program. I knew of him from conferences and meetings well before I ever worked with him. But, I really didn’t know him. I never imagined the friendship and working collaboration that would follow from working with him.
In November 1999, Bill called me when I was at Fort Monroe and simply said “Congratulations”. I wasn’t sure what he meant. Then he said “Oh, no one has contacted you about the ESO position?” No, they hadn’t. I appreciated the heads-up call.
Our friendship and collaboration began at Ft. Hood in January 2000. Bill’s experience at senior levels in the Education Program and his years at Fort Hood served me well. He was a good teacher, he kept me on track. He was so right on many things.
I remember when Bill and I met a new III Corps commander. We introduced ourselves and the commander said this will be easy to remember: pointing to Bill he said “Big Bill” and, to me, “Little Bill”. Bill pointed to me and said he’s Big Bill, he’s the one in charge. I later told Bill I could never fill his shoes, after all he wears size 14.
We adopted a routine to go to lunch each day. When I asked Bill for a good place to eat he said Taiwan Dragon. Guess where we ate every Tuesday from then on? Before the pandemic stopped personal contact, I brought Bill his favorite lunch from Taiwan Dragon: almond chicken - spicy.
Thank you Sylvia for letting me share my experiences about your wonderful husband and how I remember him.
June 24, 2020
Bill was a constant and welcome colleague during my time at Fort Hood. He remained a good friend after my departure. He and Sylvia taught me to play progressive rummy. I still have the original card sets they made for me more than 20 years ago - how time flies. Bill and I shared many education adventures across Texas together in efforts to bring expanded and affordable upper level education opportunities to Central Texas and Fort Hood. I shall always remember his Christmas letters sent over the years. Most of all I will miss Bill's warm and open heart.
June 23, 2020
Bill was a tower of a man, a patient listener, a straight-shooter, a steadfast man and husband devoted to his dear wife and family. To know Bill was to know truth and the character of a fine man. Bill made this world a better place for all of us. Rest in Peace and know that we all loved you so.