Shirley McCain Marchman was elected the first African-American female to the Villa Rica City Council in 1990 and has served continuously to the present, minus four years that she gave up to run for Mayor. She followed in her Father’s footsteps, as he was the first African-American to serve on the Council from 1979 until his death in 1986. She served as Mayor Pro-Tem for six years.
Councilwoman Marchman is currently serving on the Regional Council of the Three Rivers Regional Council, a 10-county regional planning commission that includes the West Central Georgia counties of Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson. She previously served on the Board for Community Action for Improvement, Inc., a private non-profit organization founded in 1966 that has provided services for over 45 years to low income persons in five county service area including Carroll, Cowetta, Heard, Meriwether, and Troup counties. She served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and is currently guest columnist for the Villa Rican newspaper.
Councilwoman Marchman previously worked for Sony Music Distribution for 19 years and is a graduate of Carver High School. At the age of 57, she pursued an ambition and enrolled at West Central Technical College and later at Carver Bible College. She currently works as a Substitute Teacher in the Carroll and Douglas County School Systems.
In 1993, Councilwoman Marchman along with Mr. Evan Wilson co-founded the Thomas Dorsey Birthplace Choir after Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey’s passing in January of that year. Dr. Dorsey was born in Villa Rica and is recognized as the Father of Gospel. Councilman Marchman was also a guiding light in the founding of the Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace and Gospel Heritage Festival, Inc.
She is a member of Mt. Prospect Baptist Church – the boyhood church of Dr. Dorsey – where she serves as a Sunday School teacher and member of the Voices of Mt. Prospect Choir, Home Mission Board, WOW (Women of Wisdom), and CARO (Christian Adults Reaching Out). She is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Friendship Congress of Christian Education and a life member of the Carroll County NAACP.
Councilwoman Marchman has been married to Willie Marchman since 1965 and together are the proud parents of two sons – Jerome and Deron – two daughters-in-law – Linda and Susan – and four grandchildren – Yna Jelinda (Navy), Christin, Jakob and Jordyn.