James Stanley Martin

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mr. James Stanley Martin, 98, of Trumann passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born in Hollis, Ark., and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann. He owned and operated Martin Furniture Store for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II and a member of the American Legion. He served the City of Trumann as councilman for several years. He was a deacon at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Williford, Ark., and worked in the children's ministry there. He was a trustee and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Trumann.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Leatrice Talbot Martin; one son-in-law, Wayne Dowdy; one brother, Lloyd E. Martin; and his parents, James Robert and Irene Stanley Martin.

He is survived by three daughters, Lynn Dowdy of Jonesboro, Lea Songy of Mandeville, La., and Dayl Taylor of Trumann; two sons-in-law, Jerry Songy of Mandeville, La., and Ron Taylor of Trumann; one brother, Jules Martin of Trumann; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Martin of Trumann and Anita Whitlatch and husband Dale of Trumann; six grandchildren, Michelle Dowdy, Brian Vinson, Jill Hammons (Dwight Hammons), Nathaniel Vinson (Kristina Vinson), Adam Songy and Chris Songy (Tiffany Songy); nine great-grandchildren, Gage Vinson, Calye Vinson, Jordyn Hammons, Aiden Hammons, Landon Vinson, Adelyn Vinson, Mason Songy, Madison Songy and Ethan Songy, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 14 at First Baptist Church in Trumann with Dr. Tad Rogers and Rev. Billy Barnhill officiating. Burial followed in Jonesboro Memorial Park with Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann in charge.

Pallbearers were Brian Vinson, Nathaniel Vinson, Bob Martin, Tim Martin, Don Martin, Garey Martin, Dwight Hammons, Jerry Sims, Dale Whitlatch and Rev. Jimmy Swinford. Honorary pallbearers were First Baptist Church deacons, the Men's Sunday School Class and Spring Lake Baptist Church deacons.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Trumann or Spring Lake Baptist Church in Williford, Ark.

An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.