In Memory of Jeanette Terrell Marchbanks

Jeanette Marchbanks
Jeanette Marchbanks July 23, 1936 - July 22, 2020

Jeanette Terrell Marchbanks, age 83, of Water Valley, MS died Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS. She was born July 23, 1936 in Yalobusha County to the late Clifton and Annie (Vick) Terrell. Jeanette and Claude were quintessential high school sweethearts. After graduating, they got married and began a life long journey together that took them from Ohio to Memphis and back home where, in 1977, they started and ran the successful Marchbanks Specialty Company. Jeanette “retired” two years ago, but continued to cook for the staff, which had been a custom for many years. While living in Memphis, Jeanette attended Barton Heights Church where she taught children’s Sunday School classes, and was GA leader. It was said that you could see the gleam in her eyes for the ones that she loved, a trait that will not soon be forgotten.

Jeanette is survived by one son, Keith Marchbanks (Kathy) ; one daughter, Jeanenne Fonte (Joe), all of Water Valley; two sisters, Ann Marchbanks of Southaven, MS, Dot Benson of Olive Branch, MS; four grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Along with both of her parents, Jeanette was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie Terrell, Bobby Terrell, Nathan Terrell; and two sisters, Francis Stewart, and Mary Goodwin.


In 1977, Claude Marchbanks decided to try his hand at commercial roofing and purchased a used tar kettle. This seemed to be a huge leap for some skeptics and he was even told that he would never make it around here as a roofer. However, with a dream, along with a lot of sacrifice and determination, by Claude and Jeanette, they went out on their own and Marchbanks Specialty, Co. Inc., officially started operations on June 20, 1977. It has now been 43 years and many kettles later.

Early on, Mr. Claude made a name for himself in the roofing business. He joined the Mississippi Roofing Contractors Association, serving as president in 1986. As a visionary he fought, along with a lobbyist, to get a roofer to be considered a prime contractor as all other trades are. His son, Keith Marchbanks came to work for his dad in 1979, while his daughter, Jeanenne came on board in 1984. This soon became a true “family-run” business!

Marchbanks Specialty Co., Inc. performs roofing projects all over the state through public bid work. This includes colleges such as The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Mississippi Valley State, Delta State University and many others. They also perform roofing projects on churches, hospitals, schools, and industries.

Claude and Jeanette Marchbanks



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