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Charlie Leon Marchant

December 31, 1929 March 22, 2010
Charlie Leon Marchant
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Obituary for Charlie Leon Marchant

Mr. Charlie Leon Marchant

Mr. Charlie Leon Marchant, age 80, of 116 OHara Drive, Americus, died March 22, 2010 at his residence. A native of Colquitt County, Mr. Marchant was born December 31, 1929, the son of Henry Ches and Rosa Lee Williams Marchant. Mr. Marchant began his career as a law enforcement officer in Americus in February 1963 after serving three years in the army during the Korean Conflict. He began as a license examiner in 1963 then attended State Trooper School and worked as a state trooper for six years and then later transferred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He was trained at the University of Louisville Kentucky and served on a special task force for crime prevention in southwest Georgia. When computer reporting was the new system, he introduced all law enforcement offices in his southwest Georgia area to the Georgia Crime Information Center, (GCIC), and introduced them to the computer for record keeping. Mr. Marchant then became a special agent principal with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation until his retirement at age 55. He was not ready to be retired at that age so he worked with the newly elected Sheriff Edgar DeVane in Schley County. He then served as Americus Chief of Police and Dawson Chief of Police. At age 66, he retired and traveled. After purchasing a motor home, he and his wife drove to Alaska, Nova Scotia, Canada and every state in the United States.
Mr. Marchant has been an active member of Lee Street United Methodist Church since 1963 until health problems prevented his attendance. He was an active member of the Americus Civitan Club for over 30 years serving as President and other duties during this time. Mr. Marchant has been a member of the local Order of Masons. He served as an instructor at Columbus College and other institutions for training of peace officers. He was an active member of POAG for 45 years serving as Vice President for a term. Mr. Marchant had a very successful career as an enforcer of the law. It was said He always got his criminal he always solved every case assigned to him. Mr. Marchant has received many awards, commendations and recognitions for his many years of outstanding service to the State of Georgia in his role as a preserver of peace, life and justice.
Mr. Marchant earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at South Georgia College of Douglas in 1974 and completed 35 credit hours at Albany State and Valdosta State toward a B.S. degree in Sociology. He also successfully completed every training available to him to advance his career.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 26, 2010, at Lee Street United Methodist Church at 1:00 PM with Rev. Matthew Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 PM at Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville. All law enforcement officers, court officials and Civitan members are asked to serve as honorary pall bearers.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Imogene Weeks Marchant of Americus; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and David Scallan of Virginia Beach, VA.; one son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Lynn Marchant of Saudi Arabia; three grandchildren, Rich Merritt of Austin, TX, Lauren-Leigh Marchant of Americus and Kelly Marchant of Saudi Arabia; three sisters and brother-in law, Virginia and Perry Dean of Lilburn, Shirley DuVall of Lawrenceville, Betty Martin of Thomaston; sisters-in-law, Helen Marchant of Omega, JoAnn and Jack Brooks of Sylvester, Maxine and Bill Lindsey of Norman Park and Peggy Weeks of Norman Park. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Marchant was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Henry Ches and Rosa Lee Marchant and also his brother, H.C. Marchant, Jr.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Lee Street United Methodist Church, 1102 South Lee Street, Americus, Ga. 31709 or to the charity of ones choice.
You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts and memories by visiting www.greghancockfuneralchapel.com .
Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials:
Lee Street United Methodist Church, 1102 South Lee St., Americus, Ga. 31709, or charity of one's choice

Cemetery:
Andersonville National Cemetery

Visitation:
Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel, Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6-8 PM

Service:
Lee Street United Methodist Church, Friday, March 26, 2010, 1:00 PM

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