Gordon L. Martin, 79, of Joaquin, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Joe Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.
Mr. Martin was born December 18, 1936, in Joaquin, to W.B. Martin and Annie Belle English Martin. He served in the United States Air Force. In 1972, Mr. Martin founded Industrial Instrument Company in Baytown, which his family continues to operate. He was an avid farmer and enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and friends and serving the Lord. Mr. Martin was a member of Joaquin Masonic Lodge #856. He was also a member of Logansport Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and song leader.
He is survived by
Wife of 59 years: JoAnn Martin of Joaquin
Ricky L. Martin and wife, Brenda, of Baytown
Rebecca “Becki” Thomas and husband, Harold, of Mont Belvieu
Russell Martin and wife, Tammy, of Ringgold, Georgia
Chase Martin and fiancé, Kellie Frazer, of Baytown
Courtney Martin of Baytown
Tyler Thomas of Mont Belvieu
Fallon Thomas of Mont Belvieu
Jackson Martin of Ringgold, Georgia
Claire Martin of Ringgold, Georgia
John “Buddy” Martin of Joaquin
Lydell Berg of Joaquin
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
Preceded in death by
Parents: W.B. Martin and Annie Belle English Martin
Brother: Garland Martin, D.W. “Shorty” Martin, John Bruce Martin
Pallbearers will be Donnie Martin, Bruce Hughes, Ronny Martin, Tommy Danley, Bruce Martin and Patrick Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be John “Buddy” Martin, Lydell Berg, Joey Masterson, Doug Going, Earl Danley, Rushing Lambert and Billy Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Logansport Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 10, Logansport, Louisiana 71049 or Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631.
A special thanks to the staff at Green Acres Nursing Home, in Center, for their compassionate care.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com