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Darryl Eugene Marsh, 49, owned and operated Marsh Painting

Darryl Eugene Marsh

WILMINGTON — Darryl Eugene Marsh, 49, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.

Darryl was born in Jefferson County, Ala., to Walter Eugene Marsh and Betty Margaret Logan Marsh. He lived most of his life in the Birmingham, Ala., area and moved from Alabaster, Ala., to Wilmington, N.C., about six years ago.

Darryl was a 1985 graduate of Mortimer Jordan High school in Morris, Ala., where he was a former football player, and in 1986, he attended Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he studied engineering and played college-level football as a defensive tackle.

Darryl worked for several years in a steel plant in Birmingham before becoming an entrepreneur with his own contracting business, Marsh Painting. He became a well-known contractor servicing Jefferson and Shelby County for most of his adult life.

In 1995, he met his wife of 22 years, Laylah, and they created a family together with their five children, Ethan (1997), Brayden (2002), Natalie (2003), Gavin (2007) and Chelsea (2011).

He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Margaret Michelle Marsh; and his mother, Betty Logan Marsh.

Darryl is survived by his loving wife, Laylah Guarnieri Marsh; sons, Ethan Eugene Marsh, Brayden Wyatt Marsh and Gavin Gabriel Marsh; daughters, Natalie Cara Marsh and Chelsea Anabella Marsh; father, Walter “Gene” Marsh of Locust Fork, Ala.; and brother, Christopher Lynn Marsh (Penny) of Scotts Bluff, Neb.

A celebration of life for Darryl Marsh will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Winter Park Baptist Church Sanctuary, 4700 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington. The family will receive condolences at a reception immediately following the service in Allen Hall. A graveside burial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, in the Marsh Family Cemetery, Locust Fork, Ala.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the children’s education fund at the Darryl Marsh Family Support Fund at

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