Joseph Hancock Marshburn III, US Secret Agent

The Oklahoman
Published: January 17, 2001 12:00 AM CDT

Joseph Hancock Marshburn III, age 51, died at home Monday from kidney cancer. Mr. Marshburn was born in Columbus, Ohio and was a 1972 graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Sigma Chi. Joe was a special agent with the United States Secret Service for 19 years, serving in Denver, Atlanta, and on the Protective Detail of former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, GA.

Joe traveled to most of the world’s countries, conducting the investigative and protective responsibilities of the Secret Service. Prior to his joining the Secret Service, Joe was a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Denver and an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in Oklahoma City. He began his law enforcement career in Norman, Oklahoma with the Norman Police Department. In every assignment during his long career, Joe was highly respected within the law enforcement community.

When not traveling the state or the world, Joe could always be found either in the kitchen at home concocting gourmet delights for family and friends, researching his family tree, or at a kid’s sporting event. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his children at play. Even though he traveled so much throughout his career, when he was at home his family was his priority.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter and son-in-law, Molly and Sean Bell, with grandson Nicholas; son, Joseph IV of Marietta and Tallahassee, FL; son, Jeff of Marietta. Also surviving are his mother, Patricia Marshburn of Alpharetta; brother and sister-in-law, John and Delynna Marshburn; nephews Brandon Cox and Jay Marshburn; niece, Kelli Marshburn, all of Dunwoody; sister, Christine Ford; nephews, Travis and Carter Ford, all of Pittsburgh, PA, and countless friends across the state and country. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.), P.O. Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020.

A memorial service will be Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 1:30 PM at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Atlanta with The Rev. Douglas E. Remer officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 PM to 8 PM at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree RD Atlanta (404) 261-3510.