W. Marshall Batson, 74, USF&G executive

July 03, 2004

W. Marshall Batson, a retired United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. executive, died Thursday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Beaverbrook Corner Assisted Living in Columbia. The Ellicott City resident was 74.

Mr. Batson was born and raised in Greenville, S.C., and earned a degree in business and philosophy from Furman University there in 1951.

He worked for Liberty Life Insurance Co. in Greenville until joining USF&G in Baltimore in 1967. He was head of the group insurance department at his retirement in 1991.

Mr. Batson, a bass, enjoyed performing during his college years as a member of the Furman Singers touring the United States and Europe. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Ellicott City, where he sang with the choir and served on many committees.

He was an avid golfer and a member of Turf Valley Country Club.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Batson is survived by his wife of 34 years, the former Susan Rushton; two sons, Alexander R. Batson of Ellicott City and Dean R. Batson of Lebanon, Pa.; a daughter, Andrea L. Custer of Gettysburg, Pa.; a brother, Donald R. Batson of Greenville; a sister, Norma Jean Pridmore of Greenville; and seven grandchildren.

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