A friend of a friend-Scott Witten-Abe Marshall-November 29

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for November 29, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Have you ever met a man that every time you see him he is upbeat and happy? Do you have a friend that just puts the rest of your social circle to shame when it comes to fashion and how to dress? Have you ever met someone that immediately interjects life and vitality into any room he walks into?

Well for me all those questions are answered easily when I think of Abe Marshall the iconic and long-time General Manager of the JC Penney’s store in Lumberton, NC.

Abe marshall

Abe is one of those people that radiate positive energy in every setting he is placed into. Then you throw on top of that the fashion statements the man makes he just has a way of brightening any room he walks into.

The photo below was from a Roaring 20’s themed fundraiser that Abe and I attended. He rocked that blue blazer.

Roaring 20's

Abe is not a man that hasn’t suffered he lost his beloved wife several years ago and that was not easy to process. He had family and friends that helped him get thru the pain of loss.

Abe’s daughter (left) and his late wife.

Abe Wife and Daughter Aya

Abe has always been someone who has been involved in the community and the accolades that come his way reflect that. He was voted Business Person of the Year by UNC Pembroke at their 2008 Business Vision Dinner.

Abe standing in the middle at the awards ceremony.

Abe business_visions_2

Abe was a fixture while he worked at JC Penney’s with the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce. During his term as Chairman you could count on Abe to be at every ribbon cutting in town.

Abe on far left during an event for Southeastern Health.

abe ribbon-cutting-foundation

As I scrolled the social media sites I found out that Abe was friends with Scott Witten the editor of the Laurinburg Exchange.


Abe Marshall II

The Friend of the Friend-SCOTT WITTEN

Scott Witten

A newspaper man

When I was coaching basketball at then Pembroke State University from 1985-1992 often times I would be interviewed by Scott Witten. He was always prepared and most importantly fair.

Scott probably will cringe when he reads a former basketball coach is making an attempting to write about newspaper editors. Today that is what Scott does. He is the editor of the Laurinburg Exchange.


As I looked over Scott’s social media site I noticed how many people we had in common. One special guy is Abe Marshall.

The business of being a newspaper in a small town is not easy. The business of being a general manager of a retail store is not easy. Scott and Abe are two men that make the difficult look easy because of preparation, hard work and enthusiasm for what they do.

Lumberton and Laurinburg are lucky to have both of them living in their towns.



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