History & Staff
We have over 50 years of experience caring for Washington DC’s African-American families, from all walks of life. Each one comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.
When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions. Together, we design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one. When you come to us, you’ll receive this same level of attention, and personally come to know this same peace-of-mind.
Harold and Julia Marshall, husband and wife, shared a partnership to support and benefit their community. Beginning with a chain of dry-cleaning establishments, the Marshall’s branched out and solidified a dream called Marshall’s Funeral Home, founding it in 1968. With their motto “One High Standard of Service”, they built a business committed to providing personalized and sympathetic service to all families regardless of religion, race, culture, color, or creed, and to demonstrating that service is friendship in action. As business grew rapidly, they moved from their building at 522 8th Street NE in Washington, DC to 4217 9th Street NW in 1972.
The Marshalls and their staff were motivated to listen, care, and counsel those going through what could be their most difficult time – a time of losing a loved one. So great was their desire to help individuals begin the healing process, that they wanted to extend their professional service to families in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. Marshall's opened a second location in 1992 known as Marshall's Funeral Home of Maryland, Inc., in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Founder Harold Marshall passed away in 2003, leaving his wife Julia to head the company and continue to serve the community. Receiving multiple accolades through the years for her generosity and inspirational leadership, Julia Marshall has retired by ensuring that her successful business would be acquired by friends, fellow innovators, and national leaders in the funeral industry, the March Family.
The March Family’s journey to the present began with a vision that cultivated family at its core. William C. and Julia Roberta March, also husband and wife, made a decision to build and provide a funeral home that offered families an honorable, while affordable service to their loved one. Their partnership in the funeral industry allowed not only the families in their community the care and support needed, but also allowed their own children to receive a quality education. In 1957, with a distinctive style of service and the belief that everyone deserves a dignified funeral, March Funeral Homes opened its doors to the Baltimore community.
William and Julia achieved a central goal when their four children received college degrees, and they were honored when all four returned to their family business to carry on the legacy. From a single row house funeral home at 928 E. North Avenue in Baltimore, MD, they built a company that would build an East Baltimore location in 1978, a West Baltimore location in 1985, and a third establishment in Richmond, Virginia in 2004. Cynthia, Erich, Victor, and Annette with their founding parents William and Julia March cared for families throughout the community, many of whom could not afford a decent burial, for nearly 49 years. But with growing success, they were able to provide affordable care, scholarship funds, community support centers, and more.
After the passing of both William C. and Julia Roberta March in 2002 and 2006 respectively, the second and now third generation of the March family continues to serve a wider region of communities with their recent expansion to Washington, D.C. Friend Julia Marshall of Marshall’s Funeral Home, loyal servant of the DC and PG County, MD communities, retired her business to a fellow family-owned funeral business dedicated to high standards of service to those in need. The Marshall family is confident that the March family will help and provide proactive care and support for families who deserve to celebrate the life of their loved one in a personalized way. The March Funeral Homes is honored to provide such a service in the Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD regions as titled Marshall-March Funeral Homes.
One High Standard of Service from Two Names You Can Trust.
In July 2004, Livingstone College conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters on Mrs. Julia P. Marshall (shown at left receiving her honorary degree), chief executive officer and owner of Marshall's Funeral Homes.