Marshall "Pete" Israel

Saturday, November 9, 1935 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Loved His Family

Photo of Marshall  "Pete" Israel  - 1935-2018

Canton- On Wednesday, January 31, 2018  Marshal “Pete” Ray Israel, age 82, a man who was truly dedicated to his family, left his earthly home and entered into his peaceful glorious eternal heavenly home.

Mr. Israel was born November 9, 1935 into a family where he was surrounded with love and blessed with a wonderful childhood growing up. His parents, the late Herman Dennis Israel and the late Demia Davis Israel chose to reside and raise their family in Haywood County and Marshall grew up with friendships that have continued throughout his life.  Mr. Israel was a United States Navy Veteran having honorably served his country during the Korean War.  When Pete met the beautiful love of his life, Marie Jenkins, his life became complete and together they have shared 60 years of marriage and were blessed with three wonderful children.  Mr. Israel became an employee of Champion International and faithfully worked there for 39 years before his retirement. He also was a member of United Paperworkers International Union –Smoky Mountain Local 507 in Canton.  Our memories are what we hold to each day throughout our lives and the happy moments that Marshall’s family shared together will remain as treasures in their hearts.  All throughout his life Marshall spent endless hours outdoors  among the mountains that he loved. He shared this passion with his family and children by taking them on trips to the cabin at Rainbow Springs, teaching them to trout fish in his favorite mountain streams and most importantly just spending special time together as a family.  It was also very evident during the Israel family gatherings and family political discussions where Marshall stood with his opinions concerning politics. In the words of his family,“ Daddy Pete was a proud lifelong Democrat and he never let us forget that.”  Marshall was an avid reader and also enjoyed relaxing at home and watching his favorite western movies on television.  Marshall “Pete” Ray Israel was a good man and his greatest love was his family. His wife, his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren were his life and he loved each of them with all of his heart and soul.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Israel;  a grandson, Cole Israel; his son-in-law, Scott Turner and a sister, Lila Jo Nichols.

Surviving are his wife, Marie Jenkins Israel of Canton; a daughter, Marsha Turner of Canton; his son, Michael Israel and his wife, Melissa Israel of Amherst, Virginia; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren ; a brother; Carroll Israel and his wife, Susan Israel of Canton and also Marshall’s special shorkie dog, “MarkCole” and also many friends.

Private services for Mr. Israel will be held at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Israel family.    



Condolences from family and friends


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Marie, Marsha, Michael and family, we were saddened to hear of Petes passing. Losing someone we love is nothing easy, but knowing that we have been able to be a part of the life of that person, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life before he went to rest in eternal salvation. Please reach out if we can do anything at all. Our condolences.
Steve & Kathy Ammons
My deepest sympathy to all of the Israel family. I know your family has lost a family leader, and role model. He sure was a proud Democrat, and not afraid to let it be known. I'm sure he's organizing in Heaven today. God bless each and everyone of you.
Juanita Dixon
I am so sorry for your loss , he was always a pleasure to see at work . May the Lord give you peace during these times .
Ronnie Pace
Marsha and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how painful it is to not have your daddy anymore. I love you, and will be praying for you.
Hilda Keener
I'm so sorry for your loss I will always remember Uncle Pete smiling. He was always good to us . You guys will be in my prayers. If you need anything I'm here
Shannon McCord Hicks
Marie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am here for you. Jim and Pete can talk politics, veterans affairs and good books, we will always miss them. My prayers and love to you and all your family.
Patsy Hawkins Howell
Sending our most sincere condolences. Pete was loved and will be greatly missed. Love and prayers
Kila, Steve and Wilma Sue