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Marshall D. Popplewell, 85, Russell Springs, KY (1936-2021)

Marshall D. Popplewell of Russell Springs passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Fair Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was 85 years old.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1pmCT on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Bernard Funeral Home, 367 N. Main St., Russell Springs, KY, with Brother Bobby Connor, Brother Mark Polston, and Brother David Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Square Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4pmCT to 8pmCT on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Bernard Funeral Home.

Born August 7, 1936, in Russell County, he was a son of the late Henry and Edna McGowan Popplewell. Marshall was a dock worker at Alligator 1 Marina for 45 years and a cattle farmer. He was a devoted member of Square Oak Separate Baptist Church. Marshall loved his family and enjoyed "picking" on his kids and grandkids.

Survivors include his dear wife, Betty Gadberry Popplewell of Russell Springs, whom he married April 9, 1955; one son, Brother Doug (and Gail) Popplewell of Russell Springs; two daughters, Melody (and David) Hadley of Jamestown, and Carolyn (and Jerry) Goodin of Columbia; six grandchildren, Brother David (and Melissa) Tucker, Laura (and Jon) Lacy, Jill Popplewell, Jason (and Janal) Popplewell, Daniel (and Brianne) Hadley, and Noah Hadley (and Haley Cook); and seven great-grandchildren, Dylan Tucker, Jalyn Tucker, JonAustin Lacy, Titus Popplewell, Kambree Popplewell, Ben Hadley, and Brody Popplewell. Survivors also include three brothers, Erthel Popplewell of Russell Springs, J.C. (and Melinda) Popplewell of McKenzie, Tennessee, and Clifton (and Jenny) Popplewell of Cadiz; and two sisters, Rosie Zimmerman of Norwood, Ohio, and Juanita (and Steve) Foley of Columbia.

In addition to his parents, Marshall was preceded in death by one sister, Addelien Dunbar.

Marshall's pallbearers will be Jason Popplewell, Daniel Hadley, Jon Lacy, Dylan Tucker, JonAustin Lacy, and Noah Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Square Oak Separate Baptist Church Building Fund.

Marshall's arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Marshall D. Popplewell, 85, Russell Springs, KY (1936-2021)

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