Marsha Lewis Witherspoon

by Terry Watson | July 16th, 2018
Marsha Lewis Witherspoon

Marsha Lewis Witherspoon

Marsha Lynette Witherspoon of Richmond, VA has devoted her life to making a positive difference within her community. To many, Marsha is a sister, cousin, aunt, Godmother, God-Grandmother and friend. More than anything, she is someone who gives from her heart with one sincere intention; to see others flourish and succeed in life.

Marsha received Christ at an early age and her love and faith in God is demonstrated in her walk. As a young child, she served as a youth leader, youth missionary, armor bearer, and youth choir director at her church. Those experiences left lasting impressions on her that would ultimately prepare her for even greater things.

Marsha was raised in the south side of Richmond and attended Richmond Public Schools. She graduated from George Wythe High School in 1992. Steadfast and determined, Marsha mapped out an academic and career path that was remarkable. She enrolled in Virginia State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1998. While at VSU, she was a member of the “Marching Trojan Explosion” flag squad, Virginia State University Gospel Choir, and the Richmond Alumni Chapter of Criminal Justice. She attended graduate school while working full-time, raising her daughter, loving and supporting family and friends, and remaining active in church and extracurricular activities. Through all of this she never failed to offer a helping hand to those in need. Marsha received her Master of Education in Counseling on May 13, 2012. Presently, she serves as a Clinical Director for a mental health agency, The Village Children and Family Services.

Marsha’s desire to help and serve others led her to hosting and organizing her annual Labor Day Back to School Bash. In September, it will be in its 4th year of existence. Last year she was able to give away 100 bookbags as well as school supplies for students in grades K – 12. This year their goal is 175.

The event is characterized with food, games for all ages, a photographer, a DJ, face painter, moon bounces, and much more. The expenses are covered out of pocket. She plans and saves for the event all year long, and she is blessed with several monetary and tangible donations from individuals and churches that help to offset the cost of the event. This event is held the first Saturday in September every year with a rain date for the following Sunday.

Marsha is someone who loves family. “My life and career has been impacted mostly by my family and my childhood upbringing. As a child, I was brought up to believe the bonds of family is the most important connection a person can have,” she says. One of the greatest challenges Marsha faced happened when her beloved mother suddenly died while she attended her second year of graduate school. Although some days and nights were difficult, she was determined to press forward and make her mother proud. “I contribute much of my success to my mother, the late LouVenia Lewis. She is my biggest role model and biggest inspiration. She was a very hard worker and installed the importance of integrity. I work as hard as I do because I want her to look down on me from heaven with a smile and boast about me as her daughter.” She also credits her grandmother, the late Sadie Bland, and her Godparents, James and Vanessa Hall, and high school mentor, Deborah Johnson with playing a huge role in her successes.

Marsha is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is a licensed eligible clinician. Once fully licensed she looks forward to providing Outpatient Family Therapy. She is an avid reader and loves spending time on the beach and in her garden where she grows watermelon, cantaloupe, zucchini, peppers, and more. She also loves to travel and believes a person should use their passports at least twice per year.

She offers a bit of advice to others who may follow in her footsteps. “Know that anything worth doing, especially if it’s your passion, will always come with a sacrifice. Make sure what you are doing is from the heart and know that your efforts may go unappreciated and unrecognized,” she says.

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