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Basketball legend remembered as family man, friend

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BEECHER, MI (WNEM) -

Roy Marble, remembered tonight as the basketball star, but more importantly, as a friend and family man.

"It was never about him, it was always about everyone else," said Marvin Smoot, longtime friend.

Marble died after a long fight with cancer at 48.

"I never thought this day would come because we always talked about sitting on the porch getting old and talking about old stories," Smoot said.

Marble played and learned about basketball in Flint. He graduated from Beecher in 1985, and was named a McDonald’s All-American.

He went on to play at Iowa where he shined as a Hawkeye, leaving as the all-time leading scorer at the university. He went on to a career in the NBA.

But during his stardom and fame, his close friends said he never forgot where he came from...and family was always number one.

A few of his college teammates said it's not surprising he put up one good fight against cancer.

"My friend, my buddy, my teammate, he's all in one, but he's going home now. He fought hard, it's a sad day, but it's also a lot of memories," said former teammate, Ed Horton.

Kevin Gamble, former teammate, "The cancer doesn't care who you are, but he fought a great fight. And I don't think he lost to cancer, he just ran out of time. But fought with grace, fought with grace."

His former high school coach Moses Lacy may sum it up best.      

"I had to go sit down because this just got me in tears, it's been tough. It's been tough for me, because he's such a good kid, but the Lord works in mysterious ways and he's in a better place now," Lacy said.

The class of 1985 actually orchestrated Thursday’s memorial service, and they also raised money for cancer research, because it took Marble's life.

They said it's important to remember him by doing something good for the community.

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