Herbert Earl Marion

July 6, 1959 ~ March 7, 2021 (age 61)



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Herbert Earl Marion came into this world on July 6, 1959 in Bartlett, Texas to the late Katherine and H. Earl Marion.  He made his triumphant transition to glory on March 7, 2021 with his eyes looking toward heaven.  Assuredly, the angels rejoiced at his arrival.  

He was affectionately called, Herb, Blackboy, Coach, Marion, Rev, just to name a few.  Herbert was a remarkable man, who lived an active and productive life. Herbert will always be loved and admired by all who knew him.

As the seventh of nine siblings, Herbert was rumbustious, energetic, talented, and full of life.  A native of Killeen, TX, he graduated from Killeen High in 1979, “Roo-Nation.” In 2016, he proudly graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Huston Tillotson University.

Herbert’s career path was a journey as he worked with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, City of Killeen, Travis County Juvenile Probation Department and the Texas Department of Child and Protective Services. Closing out the prime of his purpose, Herbert served as a Criminal Justice Teacher and Coach at Northeast Early College High School, “Go Raiders.” 

Herbert was not just a teacher and a coach, but he served as a mentor and sometimes father-figure to many students which allowed him to form unique and impactful relationships. Herbert was not just a man to serve as a coach but a man who was there to teach football and life lessons.  He was a tough coach who always held his players accountable, on and off the field. He never coached everyone the same, as he knew everyone did not respond to the same type of coaching.  He had faith in his students when they felt no one else did. 

Hebert also kept snacks in his classroom as an open invitation for students to stop by for a visit.  He used this opportunity as a selfless act to give hope and encouragement to students.

Herbert had a gift to see in others what they could not see in themselves.  He gave incredible advice and taught the value of hard work and determination can change the outcome of your situation.

He was a master at projecting the most basic sense of love, compassion in a very natural, fluid Christ-like way.

On October 20, 2003, Herbert’s encounter with the Lord changed the course of his life.

Reverend Herbert E. Marion has been preaching since 2004 and in pastoral ministry since 2016.  Under the leadership of Dr. Joe A. Shuler, Jr., Rev. Marion served as the Assistant Pastor for New Birth Bible Fellowship Church, in Taylor, TX.  His acceptance of God’s calling was inspirational to all that he encountered. 

Herbert’s preaching style was engaging, entertaining, inspiring, often humorous, and sometimes candid. He frequently shared personal stories that kept a realistic reflection of what it meant to be an instrument of God. 

Herbert loved and cherished many things in his life.  The top three being, his God, his family and fishing.  He was one of the greatest men who ever lived, and his legacy lives on in all the lives that he touched.

Awaiting his arrival in Glory are his grandmother, Roxanne; grandfather, Van; mother Katherine; father, H. Earl; sister, Kathy; and brother, James.

Herbert Earl Marion lived a full and complete life and leaves to honor his legacy, his loving and devoted wife, Brenda L. Marion; two daughters, Rebecca Solis, and Lydia Marion; stepson, Treylon Coleman; brothers, Freddie McBride (Angela) of Louisville, Kentucky, Hubert Marion, Killeen, Dennis Marion (Gina) Killeen; sisters, Joyce Rivers-Thomas (Louis), San Antonio, Lillie Marion Rorie (Thomas), Temple, Sharon Marion Slade, Royce City; six-grandchildren.   He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.

Among the bereaved are Herbert’s lifelong friends whom he loved and called his brothers, Keith Davis, Tommie Johnson, Vernon Pittman, Bishop Floyd Smith, and Eric Richardson. 

Herbert’s church family at New Birth Bible Fellowship Church in Taylor, Texas will also continue to honor and cherish his legacy. 

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March 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
March 20, 2021

11:00 AM
St. James Missionary Baptist Church
3417 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78721

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