Davis, WV Lon and Glenda Marshall have been quietly supporting Tucker Boulder Park for several years, making all donations in memory of their niece, Annalee Sanford Marshall, and Lon’s father Samuel F. Marshall. At the park’s reopening, they added to their previous contributions securing a memorial plaque on a large landscaping boulder.
Annalee died on December 27, 2012 from injuries sustained in a car accident on Christmas Day. She was a junior at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in pre-veterinarian studies. She was an accomplished artist, equestrian, and very involved with Help Save the Next Girl, a group seeking to empower young women and encourage community vigilance against violence, and a non-profit movement dedicated to finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
Samuel F. “Sam” Marshall was described as “a tenacious reporter” who braved death threats from racketeer Danny Greene to expose his shakedown on Cleveland’s waterfront in the 1960’s. Marshall won the thanks of law enforcement, city, union and port officials, who said rackets had cost millions in shipping. His stories won journalism’s prestigious George Polk Award for community service.
Mountaineer level donors are recognized on landscaping boulders at Tucker Boulder Park. Three boulders are still available and prospective donors can contact the Town of Davis for more information. Donations to the park support ongoing maintenance and improvements. A portion of donations also support the Tucker County EMS Fund.