Otis Marshall Harlow

Otis Marshall Harlow

September 25, 1936 - August 03, 2022

Otis Marshall Harlow

September 25, 1936 - August 03, 2022


Otis Marshall Harlow, 85, of N. Chesterfield, VA went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Walter Harlow and Emma Marshall Harlow, and brother, John Walter Harlow, Jr. Otis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan W. Harlow; children, Cathy Best (Joe), and Otis “Marshall” Harlow, II (Angie); grandchildren, Jennifer Cabaniss (Josh), April Summerlin (Joshua), Brittany Webb (Coty), Angela Mesa (Daniel), Caleb Harlow, and Savannah Akersveen-Davis (Joseph); great-grandchildren, Jaden, Jemma, Ethan, Phoenix, Harper, Jaxton, Sedona, Eliana, and Gabriel. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce H. Taylor, Nancy H. Lewis (Marshall), and Trisha H. Adkins (Ben).

Otis was a member of Elkhardt Baptist Church, Broad Rock Club at Gregory Pond, and the Tomahawk Ruritan Club. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, and the weekly game night with his family. He retired as a Sergeant Major and as a Mechanic Leader, after 35 years of service in the Armed Forces of the United States, including 31 years of service in the National Guard.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 am-12:00 pm with the funeral service starting at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 10 at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Chesterfield, VA 23234. Interment will take place at Dale Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to Elkhardt Baptist Church.  6715 Hull Street Rd. N. Chesterfield VA, 23224. Online condolences at


  • Date & Time: August 10, 2022 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service
  • Location: 6500 Iron Bridge Rd N. Chesterfield, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (804) 275-7828

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: August 10, 2022 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service
  • Location: 6500 Iron Bridge Rd N. Chesterfield, VA 23234 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (804) 275-7828


  • Date & Time: August 10, 2022 (3:00 PM)
  • Venue: Dale Memorial Park
  • Location: 10201 Newbys Bridge Rd Chesterfield, VA 23232 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (804) 748-5843

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10 responses to Otis Marshall Harlow

  1. Gene Bryant says:

    Im sadden to hear about the passing of Otis, He helped me so much when i began work at CSMS in 1969 and becoming a member of the guard . He was one of a kind.
    May he rest in peace
    Gene Bryant

  2. I met Otis at the King Pin Lanes bowling alley some years back. He was always so encouraging to me as a new bowler starting out. We shared a lot of laughs and good jokes. I remember him as being such a joy to be around. May your memories of Otis carry you through the sadness you feel and bring you peace from God above.

    Brenda Carmichael

  3. Jenny says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Otis. He was the sweetest man and I will always remember his smile that could light up a room. In fact, I never remember him not smiling. I know this is a tough time for everyone. Sending our love and strength.
    Love, Jenny, Max, Aidan, Dylan and Cinder Henkel

  4. I met big O, as he was often called, in the VAARNG around 1964. If not for his help and kindness, my military life would not have gone so well. He never refused to help me over the many years we served together. king David tells us we will go to him. What a great day that will be. We will miss Otis.

  5. Served in the National Guard with Otis back in the seventies. What a kind a gentle soul he was. Always treated me like a friend, not just a recruit. “Well done my good and faithful servant”

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