Born January 12, 1926, at Breeden, he was a son of the late John and Sadie Wellman Marcum. Also preceding him in death was his wife and sweetheart of 55 years, Marcella Faye Marcum; infant sons, Virgil Lee and Roger Dale; brothers, Lon and John L. Marcum; sister, Opal Williamson, and son-in-law, Gary Ferguson.
Virgil was a member of the Freedom United Baptist Church, a retired cola miner of 33 years and a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Those left to cherish his memories include his daughters, Sadie (Quincy) Deskins, Harriet ( Dr. Jim) Gosien and Alberta (Shennie) Ferguson; son, Lonnie (Cathy) Marcum; two sisters Ruth Osburn of North Carolina and Eleanor Maynard of Princeton; five grandchildren, James, V.J., Miranda, Robert and Cody, and seven great-grandchildren, Joseph, Cameron, Madison Faye, Isaac, Levi, Parker and Bella.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 18, at the Freedom United Baptist Church at Laurel Creek with Ministers Eddie Hatfield and Lonnie Ratcliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Marcum Cemetery at Breeden with Military Graveside Rites.
Pallbearers will be John Marcum, Roger Davis, James Deskins, V.J. Deskins, Robert Marcum, Cody Gosien, Alton May and Junior Hannah.
Visitation will begin after 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.