On June 28, 1971 Marlon Sean Dominic Blythe was born to Barbara Blythe and the legendary Bronx Businessman the late Neville Blythe. He was known among his friends as “Marley Marl.” He is survived by his big brother and “best man”, Dwayne and his little sis, Keesha. Marlon passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, four days shy of his 47th birthday.
As a young boy, Marlon met one of his lifelong friends, Steven “Shabazz” Thompson, at Holy Rosary Catholic School. At Blessed Sacrament-St. Gabriel Catholic High School in New Rochelle Marlon’s sociable and optimistic personality charmed everyone he met, Michael H, Hakeem, Michael M and Eddie. After one year at Norfolk State University Marlon returned to the Bronx to work alongside his Dad. He treasured his friends from Mickle Avenue and his “valley crew,” Hugh, Kenny, Mark C, Richard, Asa, and Dwight “DP”. He formed new friendships upon moving with his family to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2002 and lifelong friendship with the families of Jimenez, Massiah, Narcisse, Parkin, Randall, Long and Brown.
Marlon started his banking career with Bank of New York in Elmsford, NY, and was ranked as top salesman and received “The Exceptional Achievement Award. In Charlotte he worked at Clarke American and was awarded “The Most Outstanding Service Consultant” and worked for a short time at Allied Barton Security Services. His banking career continued with Wells Fargo for nine years. At Wells he received Top Performer Award for Excellence, and a year later, he was awarded the Gold Coin Award for Overall Excellence for Agents and Leadership. He was a true friend and an ideal role model to his Wells Fargo colleagues.
Marlon delighted in reminiscing about high school years like going to high school prom with Melody, getting in trouble for being the class clown, winning a dance competition for his Michael Jackson and pop rock moves. Uncle Sammy, his sports dad, would take Marlon and his brother to the little league practices and games. Growing up, Marlon wanted to be just like his big brother, Dwayne. Because of his desires, Marlon was ecstatic that he could play in the championship game in Dominican Republic even though he was younger than his teammates.
Marlon had many loves. He loved the Giants, the Knicks, playing basketball, golf, ping pong and tennis. He loved travelling around the world with his family to places like Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, St. Croix, Switzerland, France, Italy, Monaco, Germany and his favorite place Tobago. Marlon loved to cook! He would call his Mom for cooking tips and once competed with Keesha for the best tasting mac & cheese dish. He is known for cooking stewed oxtail, curry goat, rice and peas, and chocolate & raspberry swirl dessert. This year Marlon won first place for Top Chef Competition for his jerk chicken and seafood mac and cheese. Marlon loved music and spent long hour in his garage mixing music with his dearest friends Dre and Alex. He eventually became known as “Marley Scratch” and “Marley Marl Ranks.”
Marlon’s passion was his family. He was married to Charmaine for 22 years and he was the best Dad ever to Chamar, Amani and Zarah.
Marlon will be missed by a host of families and friends around the world. His nieces and nephews: Anthony, Nia, Aisha, Amarah, Alexa, and Ameer. His aunts: Cynthia, Claudette, Jean, and Paulette and uncle Vernon. Cousins: Brian, Mark, Casey, Chris, Martine, PetaGay, Gillian, Andrea and Susan. In-laws: Lucille (mother-in-law), Sharon, Wendy, Barry, Bernard, Marissa, Martha and Julie. His dear friends: Aunt Carmen, Sonja, Thompson, Hunter, Marzetta, Webb, Samuels, Gooden, Chin, Jattan, Jimenez, Narcisse, Randall, Parkin.
Marlon touched many lives immeasurably and his brilliant smile will stay in our hearts forever.