Thomas Rodney Marshall, 60, died on Monday, March 11th, after a brief illness.
Rodney served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, then started working for the National Park Service in 1977. He began his career in maintenance as a WG-3 laborer and was a WG-7 tractor operator at the time of his death, with 36 years of continuous service on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
He was posthumously awarded the Natchez Trace Parkway “Postrider” plaque in recognition of his long service, significant impacts, and dedication to maintaining “his” parkway to the highest standards. The Tupelo District, one of nine on the 444- mile parkway, receives over two million travelers each year.
Rodney’s contributions to one of the park’s busiest districts resulted in thousands of positive comments from visitors on the beauty and the park’s high standards of road maintenance. When times were hard and it was tough to keep everything in top shape, Rodney would point to his NPS patch and say: “We’re doing it for the buffalo”, summarizing the entire mission of the National Park Service in six succinct words
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Darlene Marshall; his children, TSgt Zachary Marshall (USAF), and Jennifer LaMontagne; and two grandchildren.