3 tragic deaths leave family of 1

Three tragic deaths leave a family of one

How much is too much for one soul to take?

They say bad things come in threes.  What if your family had only four people?  What if you were the only one left?  How would you feel?

Anyone who knows Judy Marshall would say she is an angel on earth.  One of those people who consistently goes out of her way to help others, and puts her own needs last.  Judy is always the one with a smile, the one with the quick wit who makes you laugh every time, the one planning parties and get-togethers for all her friends, the one who makes each person she encounters feel so special.  That something like this would happen to someone like her is just so hard to believe…

On March 30, 2005, Judy’s 18-year-old son Brent Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident just a ½ mile from his home.  Judy, her husband Brent Sr., and their other son Branden, age 13, were all in a state of shock and disbelief.  As it often happens with the death of a child, the grief was a magnitude that consumed their lives and those of the many family members and friends who came together to help and support.  Six months later, they decided it was time to turn over a new leaf, time to try to move through the sadness and try to heal.  

They held a final ceremony of remembrance for Brent Jr. on September 14, 2005.  Brent Sr. spoke eloquently to the large group as he often did, bringing smiles and inspiration to everyone there.  Then a group of them rode off on their motorcycles to enjoy more fellowship together, to reflect on the past six months and to talk about the future.

Brent Sr. never made it home that night.

Some time after midnight, Brent Sr.’s motorcycle went off the road and he was killed instantly.  His fate was discovered the next morning when the sun came up and he was seen by some passing motorists.  Brent Sr., the natural leader, beloved by so many, was now also gone.  

Despite the heartache, Judy and Branden found the strength to continue. Judy ultimately lost the family home that held so many beautiful yet sad memories and moved in with her Mother. Family was always important to Judy, and over the last 12 years she tried to help heal her own broken heart and help Branden, her only son left...

Until June 24, 2017.  Branden was found dead at home, the sad victim of so many years of trying to cope with losing a brother, and losing a father.  A young adult dealing with such pain and loss in a short period of time, lost a battle to heroin...Judy is devastated once again. The Marshall family lost 4 friends in a period of 6 months to this addiction.

This Go Fund Me is for Judy.  We, her friends, have put this together  to help give Branden a goodbye celebration for Judy to remember. To help ease the financial burden and the debt she accrued trying to keep the family home and get Branden the help he so desperately needed after the loss of his brother and father.

It’s times like this where you matter. It’s times like this where it takes a community of family, friends, and even strangers to come together and give. We can’t do this alone and need your help. Every little bit counts.

100% of the money (less Gofundme fees) from this fundraiser will go directly into Judy’s account to help her during this unbelievably sad time.  

We have compiled some links of past news stories if you are interested in reading more about the Marshall family.

Thank you so much for your support and we appreciate you so much. Please share her story.

Friends of Judy Marshall


FUNERAL SERVICE FOR Branden Marshall
Blount and Curry Funeral Home  
6802 Silvermill Drive
Tampa, FL 33625
813.814.4444
Friday, June 30, 2017
Viewing: 2PM- 3PM
Service: 3PM - 4PM
LIFE Celebration Reception immediately after service at The Mellow Mushroom
11955 Sheldon Rd, Tampa, FL 33626


Tampa Bay Times, William Brent Marshall Jr., March 30, 2005

Tampa Bay Times, William Brent Marshall Sr., September 14, 2005 

Tampa Racing, William Brent Marshall Sr., September 2005


Judy and Branden in Hawaii



Judy and Branden sharing a happy moment. 


Marshall Family


Brent jr, Judy, Brent Sr, Branden

Branden's little girl

Branden posted this on his Facebook wall on May 18th enduring a loss of his friend Zach:


Kenzie and her Daddy

This post hit home as we gathered photos



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Organizer and beneficiary

Maxine Drake 
Organizer
Oldsmar, FL
Judy Marshall 
Beneficiary
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