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Todd S. Marbury Sr., Army Reserve counselor

June 1, 1969 -- May 7, 2015

Sgt. First Class Todd S. Marbury Sr. loved education and the military enough to make a career out of both.

But the Buffalo native’s life was cut short May 7 when he suffered a heart attack while working out at his home in Auburn, Maine.

Marbury, 46, was born in Buffalo. He graduated from Bennett High School and attended the University at Buffalo.

At age 21, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving for the first four years of his military career. He then enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard, serving with the 277th Maintenance Company until 1998.

He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2004 and served for 10 years. In 2014, he was accepted into the Active Guard Reserve Program and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division, which placed him in Auburn, Maine.

As an Army Reserve career counselor, his duties included counseling soldiers on military career options. He supported six units and 280 soldiers.

“Todd was always interested in the military, and he loved his country,” said Valerie Harrison, his aunt. “Everywhere he served he was held in high regard.”

His military education and training included the 79V Senior Leadership Course, the 79V Army Reserve Career Counselor Course, the 92G Advanced Leadership Course, the Advanced Leader Common Core Course, the Combat Lifesaver Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and Marine Corps Basic Food Service.

He received a bachelor’s degree in 2013 in special education from Brenau University.

Sgt. Marbury’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Survivors include his wife, Sonia; two sons, J’ean and Todd Jr.; two daughters, Danielle Mason and Tearrah Ramsey; his mother, Patricia Greer; two sisters, Tujuanna and Chauntel Garrett; and a brother, Antonio Garrett.

A service will be conducted at 3 p.m. May 24 in Ephesus Ministries, 349 Grider St.

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