The Reverend Marshall I.J. Lackrone was born July 8, 1948, in Wichita, Kansas. He passed away June 8, 2013, at his home. His parents were Marshall Jacob Lackrone and Minnie Juanita Colvin. His name was a combination of his father’s name, Marshall Jacob Lackrone, and his grandfather’s name, Ishmael Jacob Lackrone. He was preceded in death by his mother, step-mother, and his father.
He had three sisters, Anita May, Sharron Noretta, and Kathy Joe. Following a divorce, his father was married a second time to a Christian lady, Mary Helen Root, when he was eight years old. Two children were born to this union: one sister, Mary Helen, and one brother, Mark David. Lackrone’s step-mother and the local pastor’s wife made his salvation a priority with a daily prayer pact. Lackrone says with these two woman praying for him everyday to be saved, he didn’t have a chance to stay away from God.
At age eleven he joined the Boy Scouts of America, and worked his way to the most elevated rank of Eagle Scout. He attributed his organizational skills to being a part of Boy Scouts while serving as Patrol Leader, a Cub Scout Den Chief, and Junior Assistant Scout Master. He also helped in forming a new Boy Scout Troop in Fort Scott, Kansas. Through this association with Boy Scouts he also earned the God and Country Award. While working on his God and Country Award he did many things by learning a good amount about the Bible, which really translated a few years later in his training to eventually become a Christian and Minister of the Gospel.
Lackrone graduated from high school in 1966 in Uniontown, KS. After high school he entered into formal training at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Because of financial restraints he was capable of attending C.B.C. only two years, and continued his studies by correspondence for the next five years. During summer months he worked at Cessna Aircraft military division as an aircraft sheet-mentalist in Wichita, KS. These earnings made it possible to help with college expenses. After Leaving C.B.C. he was then married to Carol Elaine Stewart of Bronson, KS, who was his high school sweetheart. To this union three sons were born; Matthew Timothy, Ozark, MO, Jonathan David, Fort Scott, KS and Luke David of Maryland near Washington D.C.
He was issued his credentials in 1967 and qualified for his Exhorter’s Permit by the Kansas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Lackrone qualified for the next level of credentials as a Licensed Minister one year later while still in Kansas. His ministry took him to pastor in Southern Missouri where he was issued his second License to Preach for the Southern Missouri District. In 1973 he was ordained by the Southern Missouri District.
In 1968 he began pastoring at Pleasant Green Assembly of God in rural Phillips County, Kansas. Then he moved to Ness City, KS. Assembly of God as pastor for two more years. In 1971 the Lackrone’s moved to Osceola, MO where they pastored five years. After that they came back to Kansas and pastored the Assembly of God at Chanute. While there they were called upon to start a new church called Hope Chapel Assembly of God in rural Allen County. That Pastoral Ministry lasted for 20 Years and four building programs. Then they were asked by the Kansas District Council’s Superintendent to go to Lawrence, KS and be the first Assembly of God Pastor of Calvary Temple Assembly of God. This was an independent church and had just became an Assemblies of God fellowship. This church had a total number of nine members. This church became totally self-supporting in approximately two years. While at Lawrence he completed his Doctor of Divinity through a Baptist Seminary in Covina, CA.
Over the past several years he has written and taught more than a dozen Bible Studies from A.S.I. (Association of Christian Schools International). With this endorsement these studies count toward certification credit; which is needed by all Christian School Teachers. These Bible Studies are used by other pastors and missionaries in various countries around the world.
Pastor Lackrone is survived by his wife, Carol Elaine of the home, three sons and six grandchildren. He started preaching at age 16 and has continued in pastoral ministry for the past 48 years.
Services for The Reverand Marshall I.J. Lackrone, 64, Lawrence, formerly of Iola, will be 2 p.m. Tues. June 11, 2013 at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Lawrence. Also 2 p.m. Wed. June 12, 2013, at First Assembly of God in Fort Scott. Burial will follow in Uniontown. He passed away June 8, 2013, at his home. Visitation will be from noon to service time on both days.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions made to the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Building Fund.