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Marion Frank Erwin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 2, 2017 @ 8:54 am In Durham,Obituaries | 13 Comments

HILLSBOROUGH – Marion Frank Erwin, affectionately known as “Bull,” 79, passed away peacefully at home in the care of loving hands on Thursday, March 30, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Marion was born August 8, 1937 in Durham to the late Frank Thompson Erwin and Sara Godwin Erwin. He attended Durham Public Schools, and graduated from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond VA in 1961. He attended Duke University, Louisburg College and graduated from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in 1961. He proudly served in the US Army Reserve for 6 years.
Upon completion of his studies, Marion joined Erwin Oil Company in Durham where he served as Executive Vice President. Alongside his brother, they helped build and grow a strong family based petroleum business that they were proud to pass down to the 3rd generation.
Marion participated in numerous industry, community, and civic boards including the N.C. Petroleum & Convenience Marketers Assoc., N. C. Gas & Oil Inspection Board. He was a member of the Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club, served on the Board of William Peace University, the Board of NC Central University Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Durham YMCA and was President of the Durham YMCA. Marion served as President of NC Skeet Shooting Association and as President of the NC Trapshooting Association. He is an inductee of both the NC Trapshooting Hall of Fame and the NC Sporting Clays Hall of Fame.
Marion is survived by his companion, Marilyn Guthrie, his daughter, Susan Cox and husband, Robert of Hillsborough; his sons, Gregory Erwin and wife, Melissa of Raleigh and Frank Erwin of Efland; his brother, Daniel T. Erwin and wife, Jackie of Durham; and his grandchildren, Ashleigh Erwin Thompson, Hunter Frank Erwin, and Addison Alexandria Erwin.
The family would like to thank Duke Cancer Center, Nurse Care N.C. and Liberty Hospice for the wonderful care given to Marion.
A visitation is scheduled from 6:00-8:00PM Monday, April 3, 2017 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service located at 1113 W. Main St, Durham, NC 27701 (919) 688-6387.
Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service with Rev. Dr. Robert B. Claytor officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Marion to the NC Wildlife Habitat Foundation, www.ncwhf.org or a charity of your choice.

Condolences for the family of “Marion Frank Erwin”

Condolence from Ben&Linda Reynolds on April 2nd, 2017 10:31 am

Marion was a man that every time you saw him you would make time to talk to and enjoy that time ! He was a friend and great Competor , I enjoy shooting sporting clays with him and especially the game of fitasc . He will be missed by many RIP Marion , I know you are ringing those Golding Bells in Heaven . My prayers to his family
And other Freinds !

Condolence from Sarah W. Allen on April 2nd, 2017 1:02 pm

Lots of good old memories with Marion, Dan, his parents, and his loved ones. Our parents were best of friends. Loved the skeet shooting times in HS. Marion will be missed by many people. May God bless you in your time of grief, Sarah Weeks Allen

Condolence from Wes & Christine Elliott on April 2nd, 2017 5:47 pm

So sorry for the loss of this great man.It was always a pleasure to see him at different shoots.

Condolence from Donald D Cook Sr on April 2nd, 2017 10:02 pm

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Marion and his family and his friend. Marylyn

Condolence from Lib Gray Dula on April 3rd, 2017 9:06 am

I am so sorry to learn of Marion’s passing. His mother and my mother were best friends and she was like a second mother to me. Marion and Dan were part of my life growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with his family because I know he was much loved. Lib Gray Dula

Condolence from David Gurkin on April 3rd, 2017 9:49 am

Mr. Marion will be missed by everyone in the sporting clays family. He was loved and admired by many. He was a great influence on many youth and lady shooters. He always had an entertaining story to tell, and a word of encouragement.

Condolence from Sam Oueijan (Dahir Brothers, Inc.) on April 3rd, 2017 12:02 pm

My deepest sympathies go out to the Erwin family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Marion was a great man who always made us feel welcomed whenever we met him. He will be truly missed!

Condolence from BILL GRAY on April 3rd, 2017 1:02 pm


Condolence from Keith Overcash on April 3rd, 2017 4:04 pm

I will truly miss this wonderful man who was full of life. One great shooter that brought integrity and joy to the sporting clays industry. We will miss him greatly.

Our prayers are with you all. May our Lord Jesus Christ give you peace in this time of loss.

Condolence from Judd Gray Oyler on April 3rd, 2017 4:52 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Marian’s illness and passing. Dan, I always treasured our friendship and loved your parents like they were my second parents. Your family was an integral part of my growing up. My condolences to you and your family for your loss.

Condolence from Paige G. Hayes on April 3rd, 2017 8:08 pm

It was an honor to have known Marion. He was such a multi talented man and he always treated me warmly whenever I would see him. Always talked to me about his years at St. Christopher;s School here in Richmond Virginia. Prayers for the family and Marilyn.

Condolence from Tyson and Ruth Laney on April 3rd, 2017 8:51 pm

Marion Erwin was gracious with his support for wildlife conservation efforts I always enjoyed having the opportunity to see him and let him know about the programs of the Wildlife Resources Commission and the efforts of our officers. He had a great understanding, input, and appreciation for Wildlife conservation matters and he went above and beyond to insure a sound future for generations to come. We have lost one of our champions.

Condolence from Jim Huckabee on April 5th, 2017 8:00 pm

What a Great Loss of one of the orginal supporters of all things dealing with Wildlife

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