Bernie Jessie Marshall was born February 18, 1967 in Anson County, North Carolina to the late Catherine Gibson and Bernie J. McCoy, raised and fathered by the late
Raymond Gibson. He passed from this life into his eternal life on November 24th, 2022 at Cooper University Hospital.
BJ aka Bizz (as he was affectionately known) came to New Jersey in 1971 where he lived out the remainder of his life. He was one of the most loving, funniest, sweetest guys you would ever want to meet. BJ was so full of love and life. He made hard times bearable. His smile would light up a room and his personality was just as big as his smile. BJ was loved by all that knew him and he was known by many. He was easy going, he didn’t like conflict and confusion. He wasn’t the one to argue with you, but always had a few jokes for you. His laugh was hearty and infectious and boomed as if speakers were attached. Even in his laugh you could hear his love. BJ knew how to be a genuine friend. If he was with you while you were up, trust and believe he’s gonna be there for you if you're down. He didn’t care how others felt about someone. If he likes them, then that's what it is. His love for his family was deep, the one he came from, the ones he created and the family he made along the way. He was a gift of light that shined no matter how bad the storm got. BJ was educated in the Camden and Gloucester County school system. After leaving school he moved out East Camden with his aunt and grandmother and that is when life began for him. BJ did a lot of things growing up, some good and some bad. The best thing that ever happened to him was becoming a father. When he learned he was going to be a dad for the first time, he couldn’t be more excited. He got a job at the Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital working in dietary for about 2 years and later joined the Sonshine Window Company, where he has been employed for the last 26 years. The Sonshine Window company was more than a job, it was his family. They loved and treated him like he was one of their sons. BJ's sole purpose was to be the best dad for his children and he exceeded highly in that department, his children was his heart. And no wasn’t in his vocabulary when his children were involved unless it was an unreasonable request. Our father always told him if you are going to make babies, make sure you show up for them. He always told him a man shows up. No one showed up more than him. He made sure his children knew who he was. Even when he lost his way for a while, he still showed up. BJ loved his NY Giants I don’t care how awful they played, he rode for his Giants. He loved engaging and annoying his great nieces and nephews then giving them money to go grab snacks. BJ loved singing( more like mumbling) and listening to music. He enjoyed his Bud light and chatting up with his friends downtown. He was such an old soul that enjoyed living life. He loved to make you laugh and it came so naturally to him. His love, his smile, his laughter, his style and his life will truly be missed forever.
BJ was preceded in death by his parents Raymond & Catherine Gibson and fiancé Priscilla Hornsby and brothers Moses & Celassie Velasquez and step Siblings Raymond Gibson Jr. and Annie Lee Crawford Three uncles Clyde, Willie, and Henry Marshall and Three aunts Mary Annie and Minnie Liles, god-daughter Shakera Baskerville.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory; his biological father Bernie J. McCoy, of Wadesboro NC, three daughters Talisha, Tamisha and Takira Robinson, one son Zion Jones all of Camden, NJ. Six grandchildren Kah’Mari, Kai’dynn, and Kah’sier Robinson, and Samara, Laylani Richardson and Skylar Robinson -Shaw. Two brothers Lee Marshall (Abdul Hakeim) of Camden, NJ and Joseph Velasquez of Punta Garda, Florida, Five sisters Barbara Bussey (Curtis) of Camden NJ Avelyn Redfrean-Collins (James) Faldetta Caple, Minister Angela Rorie all of Morven, NC, Carol Leak-Burch (Nicholas) of Wadesboro, NC, Evenlyn McLaughlin (Johnny) of Rockingham NC five uncles Isaiah (Lorene), and Robert Marshall of Camden NJ, Johnny Marshall (Denise) of Wadesboro, NC, Lavander Liles of Patterson, NJ and Rick Douglas of Rochester, NY and two aunts Patricia Wilson (Raymond) of Camden, NJ and Louise Moore of Sicklerville NJ twenty nieces, ten nephews, fourteen great nieces, and ten great nephews. God-children Shadaisa Baskerville, Thomas Spencer, Jr. Three special cousins Thomas and John Sturdivant and Thomas Spencer and four close friends Bobby Brooks, Curtis Bussey, William Featherer and Timothy White and a host of cousins and friends.