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Featured Alumni Profile (JULY 2016)
Alumna of the Month of July
Our alumna of the month of July is Lane Lady Juanita Smith Marshall, a member of the Class of 1972. She is the second of four children born to Joseph and Ada Smith, and is a native of Memphis, TN. She graduated from Manassas High School.
Her years at Lane College were not the traditional years. Mrs. Marshall worked at the college in the business department in the late '60s and attended classes part time until she completed her degree. I spoke with her sister, Mrs. Willie Smith Walker and she stated that her sister is the reason she came to Lane. Mrs. Marshall invited her to attend Lane College after she finished junior college.
Since graduating from Lane, Mrs. Marshall has been a dedicated employee in the Department of Business and Finance and last served as the Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Finance. On July 1, 2016, Ms. Marshall served her last day as an employee. The college honored her with a clock plaque and shared kind words and memories. I asked Mr. Melvin Hamlett what it was about Mrs. Marshall that he loved. He replied "Mrs. Marshall was always dependable and professional. I always enjoyed listening to her singing in the office. When I would ask if she sang at church, she would always respond that she did not. She only sang for herself. No matter how she felt, she would always come to work, but she wouldn't let how she felt dictate how she treated others. She will be missed."
When I spoke with her sister, Ms. Walker, she stated that growing up, she and her siblings always teased Ms. Marshall about her singing ability. She stated that Ms. Marshall just knew she could sing like a hummingbird.
Mrs. Marshall has been a dedicated member of the Rehoboth Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. since March 4, 1995. She makes time to read daily. She loves all genres of music and loves to sing. Ms. Marshall loves sports. You can find her watching tennis, basketball, and cheering for her husband's, (Professor Charles Marshall's) favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys! Ms. Marshall loves seeing and talking to all of her classmates during homecoming each year. Many people don't know this, but Mrs. Marshall is an avid bowler and was a member of the Bowling league for many years.
She is the proud mother of two adult children who are also Lanites, Charlotte and Carlton, and has a beautiful and playful grandcat named "MJ" Michael Jordan.
A special thank you to her sister, Lane Lady Walker for assisting in this story.
Let us salute Lane Lady Marshall!