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James "Ronnie" Martin
James "Ronnie" Martin, 82 of Russellville, Arkansas, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019 doing what he loved, working on the farm. He was born June 25, 1936 in Crowley, Louisiana to James Albert Martin and Irabelle Moseley Martin.
Ronnie was the eldest of five brothers. He met the love of his life, Jolene, in grade school. They married in 1957, residing in Louisiana until 1972. Their four children were born in Louisiana. Ronnie proudly served his country in the National Guard. He was a lifelong professional land surveyor. He began his career with John E Chance and Associates in Lafayette, Louisiana. During that time, he worked in the Persian Gulf in the late 1960's, helping lay the groundwork for the oil and gas industry as we know it today. In 1972 the family moved to London, Arkansas. Ronnie partnered with Danny Hale to form Hale-Martin & Associates where he worked for over 30 years before retirement. During that time, he also served as Pope County surveyor. He walked over the land in Pope County praying for the land and the people. Ronnie's single focus was to seek the Lord and serve the body of Christ wherever God led him. He lived by Philippians 3:10 "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection..."
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Byron Martin and Johnny Martin.
He will be dearly missed and forever loved by his loving wife of 61 years, Jolene Martin; daughter, Jennifer Churchill & husband Gary of Dover; son, Steve Martin & wife Becky of London; son, Micah Martin & wife Cindy of Lamar; son, Andy Martin of Russellville; five grandchildren, Adrielle Churchill of Washington, DC, Colton Churchill & wife Chelsey of Fayettville, Sarah Martin of Conway, Benjamin Martin of London, Dalton Martin of London; one great grandchild Vivien Churchill of Fayettville; two brothers, Wendell Martin & wife Florence of Crowley LA, Mickey Martin & wife Beth of Leister, NC; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Martin and Carole Martin both of Crowley, LA; several nieces, nephews, other family and countless friends.
His visitation will be 1pm Friday, April 26, 2019 at Fellowship of Christians, 1680 Sparksford Drive in Russellville. The Funeral service will begin following the visitation at 2pm with Dr. Travis Arterberry officiating and Rev Tom Deere assisting. Burial will be in Churchill Family Cemetery in Dover, under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.
Pallbearers will be Micah Martin, Steve Martin, Gary Churchill, Colton Churchill,
Benjamin Martin and Dalton Martin.
Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.
A Well Wishes was sent on April 26, 2019
It's hard to learn of Mr.Martin's passing.May he rested from his labor for his works go with him. With our sincere sympathy. Stanley Chiu,Sylvia Chen
Expression of Sympathy Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
Jolene and family, I was so sad to hear about Ronnie's passing and I'm so thankful that I was able to see and talk with him at last years family reunion. Just know we love y'all and will be praying for you all.
Your cousin, Delphy
Delphy J. Labbie Allen Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
Words cannot express the value of this mans life to the body of Christ. He was a faithful loving man who encouraged, strengthen, edified, mentored, taught, loved those who had open ears to hear. He worked unceasing to see others come to the knowledge of the fullness of our Lord Jesus and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Ronnie we rejoice with you as you continue to worship the One you so adored here on earth. Thank you for the blessings you have been and will continue to be to so many. We love you beloved brother and friend, see you soon!
Jonathan Saul Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you "the peace that surpasses all thought" during this difficult time. (Philippians 4:6,7)
K Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM
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Expression of Sympathy Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless you all.
Gene and Annette Martin
Gene and Annette Martin Apr 25 2019 12:00 AM
I am so sorry forthe loss your family has suffered. When mom called me, I was simply stunned.A good man who was always pleasant, and greeted you with a smile and hand shake.He was never ashamed of his faith and his life was his witness.Now, his faith has been made sight. He will be missed and remembered by many. My prayer isfor the Lordto give your family the grace that His word promises is sufficient.
Keith Bowden Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM
A Medium Dish Garden was sent on April 24, 2019
Rejoicing that Uncle Ronnie is with the Lord in his eternal home. Was so happy that we got to spend time with him recently. We will miss him. Love, Gordon Ray and Melanie
Expression of Sympathy Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM
I've remembered Ronnie, Jolene and the family many times over the years, especially the scriptural understanding he possessed and shared. This is one brother we will see again. Prayers and peace for those who knew and loved him best.
Ray Istre Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM
What more can you say when a man lives his faith to the end, so thankful for you Jolene and your family will be comforted by this memory. he will be missed but you know he is in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Sue Roberts Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM