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Mars1Mars “Gary Thomas Marshall” Hall, (Ph.D. – Southern Illinois University; Professor – University of Arkansas-Monticello) a poet and celebration artist, died July 22 at home in Monticello.

Born Dec. 10, 1947, to Thomas and Alice Marshall of Paducah, Ky., he founded the Random Order of Perpetual Energy, worshipped at the Tabernacle of the Tall Timbers, and served as UAM’s Creative Society’s original adviser.

Survivors include wife, Alice Guffey Miller; son, Noel (wife, Sara) of Olympia, Wash.; his mother, and brother, Jack, both of Paducah; and two grandchildren.

UAM’s Library will host a celebration Aug. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Monticello Branch Library.

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(poem by Noel Marshall)

Mars Hall dances with fire.
Spinning, out of control,
fire transformed to speech rages
through him igniting minds.
Mars is Mercury,
molten in the glow of its own fires.

His young words espouse:
Do silly and carry on awful.

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This obituary appeared in SEARK TodayArkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Advance-Monticellonian.