Jack Marchant, 81, of Shawnee, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Shawnee.

Jack Marchant, 81, of Shawnee, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Shawnee.

He was born Nov. 19, 1937, to John and Sarah (Grantham) Marchant in Omega, Georgia.

Jack was raised in Georgia and Florida. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force on June 16, 1959. Jack proudly served his country until his retirement and honorable discharge as a Master Sergeant on Aug. 1, 1980. He was stationed on bases in Florida, California, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Jack served in Vietnam and completed missions in Iceland, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.

He married Grace E. Rhoades on April 5, 1964, in Florida, and she preceded him death on May 12, 2014, after 50 years of marriage.

After his retirement from the military he farmed, drove a school bus for McLoud Public Schools and went back into civil service retiring for the second time in 1999.

Jack enjoyed vegetable gardening and made a large garden every year and loved sharing his vegetables with his friends, neighbors and family. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid outdoors man, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. Jack also enjoyed collecting and tinkering with tractors, especially his tractor he named Elvis, since it seemed to always shake, rattle and roll.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Grace Marchant; and his parents, John and Sarah Marchant.

Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Darleeta Marchant of Shawnee, and James and Beth Marchant of Shawnee; five grandchildren, Kasey Marchant, John Marchant, Kyle Spears, Sarah Blalock and Shelby Blalock; five great-grandchildren, John Marchant Jr., Carter Marchant, Hermione Tiger, Fallon Cain and Stella Bailey; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jane and Marvin Walker of Mascotte, Florida, and Linda and John Swider of Melbourne, Florida; one brother and one sister-in-law, James and Mary Beth Marchant of Ocoee, Florida; and other extended family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Kent Garton, John Marchant, Darrell Walker, Randy Garton, Leon Garton and Howard Parsons.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 1, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2. Family gathering to greet friends and family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Dale Cemetery with Reverend Clint Dawkins, Sharon Baptist Church, officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.