Ann Marshbanks, co-founder of Dream Factory and Camp Rainbow, dies at 80

Claudia “Ann” Marshbanks, 80, of Clarksville, died Monday, May 23, 2022 at her home.

Ann was born September 24, 1941 in Clarksville to the late Martin Clark and Mildred McCorkle Clark. She was also predeceased by her husband, Louis Marshbanks; and a grandson, JR Knight.

Mrs. Marshbanks is survived by her son, Eddie (Lisa) Marshbanks; daughter, Rita Faye (Ricky) Knight; sister, Linda (Butch) Abernathy; five grandchildren, Justin Bryant, Rylee Ann Marshbanks, Brittany Weaver, Barbie Holder and Kayla Knight; and seven great-grandchildren.

Ann has had an accomplished career in real estate, retiring as a real estate broker after 45 years and working at Crye-Leike Realty for 20 years. She was Realtor of the Year in 1986 and 1996 and Businesswoman of the Year in 1982 and 1994. Ms. Marshbanks has received the Crye-Leike Circle Award of Excellence and the Realtor Emeritus Award from the National Association of Realtors . She obtained her broker license with GRI and CRS designations.

Ann has served her community with Clarksville Association of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, co-founder of Clarksville Dream Factory and Camp Rainbow, and founder of the Clarksville Christmas Lighting Contest, of which she was a part for 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at the Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Pat Van Dyke and Jimmy Terry officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday May 27 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral at the funeral home.

The pallbearers will be David Abernathy, Chris Abernathy, Kevin Weaver, Weston Weaver, Justin Bryant and Ronnie Whitaker.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and prayers for Ann over the past few years. A special thank you also goes to AseraCare Hospice, its wonderful neighbours, its two amazing carers – Diane and Felicia – over the past two and a half years, and Connie Shepard, who was loved like a daughter by Ann.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dream Factory of Clarksville, by mail to PO Box 3255, Clarksville, TN 37043, or online at dreamfactoryinc.org/clarksville; or at Camp Rainbow, by mail to PO Box 3255, Clarksville, TN 37043, or online at clarksvillecamprainbow.org.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; 931-645-6488.

Online condolences can be offered and the live stream of the service can be viewed on www.nealtarpleyparchman.com.

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