The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the New Hope Baptist Church, Georgia Highway 26 East, Montezuma, Georgia. Interment will follow at 2:30 P.M. in Andersonville National Cemetery Rostrum, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia. The Reverend Alfred Biggs, pastor of Harrison Chapel Baptist Church, will officiate.
Marion Martin was born February 16, 1957 in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia to Addie Mae Whittaker Martin and the late Melvin Martin, Sr. He was preceded in death by one brother, Milton Martin. At an early age, he joined the band of Christian believers at Harrison Chapel Baptist Church. He was a 1976 graduate of D. F. Douglass High School. On April 23, 1994, he received a certificate in Pre Service Correctional Training from Central Texas College.
Marion retired from the US Army as a Combat Engineer after 22 years of service. He served in various commands and received numerous service and achievement medals which include the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Lapel Button, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Bronze Service Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal. He served during the Persian Gulf War. He was currently working as a Correctional Officer with the Gatesville, Texas Department of Corrections.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving mother, Addie Whittaker Martin, Montezuma, Georgia; his children, Timothy Warren, Montezuma, Georgia, Natalie Gable, Dallas, Texas and Jonathan Martin (Eryn), Fort Lewis-McChord, Washington; his siblings, Edith Brown (Hozie), Montezuma, Georgia, Melvin Martin, Jr. (Ernestine), Americus, Georgia, Felicia Martin, Warner Robins, Georgia, Malinda Johnson, Montezuma, Georgia, Rohonda Hite, Montezuma, Georgia, Peggie Davis (Wayne), Perry, Georgia and Cynthia Martin, Montezuma, Georgia. Also left to cherish his memories are a special cousin reared as a sister to him, Gloria Childs, Warner Robins, Georgia; aunts & uncles, Irene Felder (Earl), Perry, Georgia, Nissie Felton, Montezuma, Georgia, Annette Smith (Emmitt), Montezuma, Georgia, Rudine Martin, Montezuma, Georgia, Jerry Granville, Warner Robins, Georgia, Mary Hill, Naples, Florida, Alice Carswell (Charles), Tampa, Florida, Roberta Stockner (Robert), Naples, Florida, Ruth Martin, Phoenix City, Alabama and a host of beloved nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
- The Rev, Dr. Marvin J. Howard, Sr.(Thursday, April 19 12 10:01 am EDT)
I have just learned of Marion's death. Marion and I went to Douglass together. We also played together in Montezuma as a child. To the family and friends, I leave you with this: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as other which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." Sleep on my brother
The Re. Dr. Marvin Howard
- Your sister Cynthia(Wednesday, April 18 12 10:45 am EDT)
Its been two weeks since you went on to your resting place. I have thought about you everyday since your passing and I keep thinking its a dream, but soon realize it is not. I remember the last time you came home in August 2011, you kept saying, "I'm so proud of you all". You always had that strong voice and until the end, you kept it. I'm so glad I got the chance to speak to you before your passing. You were so much like our father and like him you were our hero too. We learned a lot from you and daddy and this has kept our family strong and able to stand against many stones that are thrown our way. A lot of times we (sisters) have had to play the (mom and dad) in our family, but we have been able to survive because of what we learned by watching strong leaders like you and daddy. We will continue to try to keep strong and cherish the memories spent with you. I know sometimes we shy away from saying what we feel and we need to start practicing now, to tell each other that we love them; I know you cannot hear me now, but please know in my heart I did love you. I know you are in a better place where there is no more pain or suffering. I hope I can raise my son "Nick" to be just like you and daddy.
"I love you"
- Rosina Taylor and Family(Wednesday, April 11 12 12:38 pm EDT)
My deepest sympathy to the family and extended family of mr. martin
I pray the Lord comfort and strengthen all of you during your time of bereavement. I am a friend of Laura O'neal in Detroit, Mi.
- THE O'NEAL'S(Wednesday, April 11 12 10:44 am EDT)
I LOVE YOU MY FAMILY.LOOK UP UNTO THE HILLS FOR YOUR HELP.FOR YOUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD WHO MADE THE HEAVENS AND EARTH, BE STRONG IN THE LORD,AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.
LOVE YOU ALL,
PAMELA,GARRETT AND GERRELL O'NEAL (COUSINS)
- PASTOR S.T.ELLIS (CITADEL OF PRAISE CHURCH)(Wednesday, April 11 12 10:26 am EDT)
TO THE MARTIN FAMILY, WE HAVE HEARD OF YOUR SORROW AND PAIN, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW MY BELOVETH,THAT GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE AND PRACE,AND HE IS THERE TO WIPE ALL TEARS FROM YOUR EYES, BECAUSE EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL.MAY THE GRACE AND MERCY BE WITH THIS FAMILY DURNING THIS TIME. WE HERE AT THE CITADEL OF PRAISE CHURCH LOVE YOU WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
PASTOR SPENCER T.ELLIS AND FIRST LADY TRACY
CITADEL OF PRAISE CHURCH
- ELDER LAURA MARTINO'NEAL(Wednesday, April 11 12 08:54 am EDT)
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, EVEN THOUGH TODAY THERE IS SORRY AND PAIN FOR MY FAMILY, (STILL) WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. MY FAMILY I'M UNABLE TO BE THERE WITH YOU ON THIS HOMEGOING DAY,BUT I'M THERE IN SPITIT,AND IN PRAYER, GOD HAS MADE NO MISTAKE CONCERNING HIS CHILDREN,MY FAMILY I LOVE YOU,BUT GOD LOVE YOU MORE.
ELDER LAURA MARTIN O'NEAL AND FAMILY
- Jonathan Martin(Monday, April 09 12 10:51 pm EDT)
My Best Friend, my Mentor, my Protector, my Hero, my Dad. Thank you for your love and support throughout the years. I will keep you glued in my heart until we meet again. I feel blessed to have you as a father your infinite wisdom guided me through very tough and trying times and I know I will get through this just as you taught me. Even in your passing I learn from you. I will cherish all the memories of you for the rest of my life. My favorite memory of you is most definatly your laugh and smile. I can only hope that one day I will be as good of a Dad to my children as you were to me. To those who knew and loved him stay strong, he would have wanted it. He is in a better place. You once told me that you were proud of me, little did you know-I was just as proud of you. I love you Dad! One day we will meet again.
- Lashonda Walters and Family(Monday, April 09 12 10:48 pm EDT)
Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever.Sending our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
- MELVIN MARTIN,JR (AKA) MAIN(Monday, April 09 12 09:29 pm EDT)
BROUGHHAM YOU CAN'T SEE THIS NOR CAN YOU HEAR IT, BUT JUST WANTED TO DO SOMETHING,MAN YOU ALREADY KNOW ME YOU WERE EACH OTHER'S #1 FAN I LOVE YOU BRO AND I KNOW YOU LOVED ME TO. BUT GOD LOVED YOU MORE, BUT MAN I HAVE ENOUGH MEMORIES OF YOU TO BREAK THE BANK. THANKS FOR BEING MY BIG BROTHER. SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE.
- The Rice Family(Monday, April 09 12 07:21 pm EDT)
His grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. May you find peace and comfort in his strength during your time of breavement.
The Rice family
- Glenda Simpson(Monday, April 09 12 01:22 pm EDT)
TO: The Martin family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. May you find comfort in all the sweet memories that you share. Always keep in mind, "To every thing there is a season ,and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Your Neighbors, The Simpson family
- The Woolfork Families(Sunday, April 08 12 10:01 pm EDT)
As long as you carry the memories of Marion in your heart, he lives on. We know that nothing we can say can fill the void that has been left behind, but remember the love and continue to cherish it with each other. You are all in our prayers, and we are here for you. Our cousin will be missed.
- Martha Ann Sanders(Sunday, April 08 12 04:34 pm EDT)
Marion you were a great "big cousin". I remember as though it was yesterday when me and my younger brother would sit on our front porch longing for the opportunity to go off the porch and sit on the "stoop or block" as we called them to see what actions were happening, yet because we were only about 6 or 7 years old our mama wouldnt let us. Well after a while a lean tall figure would come from around the corner sit on the block and Rodney and I both knew we could go and hang, if only for a minute with you because my mom knew we were in good hands. U moved away to another state and I eventually I grew up and moved to Atlanta and unfortunately I did not keep in touch like I should have. God has called one of his sweet and kind children home and u will forever be in my heart.
- Brenda Davis(Sunday, April 08 12 10:13 am EDT)
To Peggy and family
Life bring tears, smiles and memories,the tears dry the smile fades.
but the memories live on forever.
with deepest sympathy
Cooper & Brenda Davis
- Peggie Martin Davis(Sunday, April 08 12 09:17 am EDT)
Forever in my heart. I LOVE YOU BIG BRO and I will miss you.I thank God for you and I release you back to him. As our oldest brother you was a positive role model.And we respected you as our troop leader. REST IN PEACE.