Born 1-5-1925 -- Died 7-2-2005
Raphael Leon (Ray) Martin, 80, of Russellville died July 2, 2005 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born January 5, 1925 in Ash Flat, son of Horace and Bessie Martin.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1948.
In 1957, he began a thirty-year career with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, serving as agency manager in Pope County for 22 years before his retirement. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter and active in several professional organizations.
A long-time member of the Russellville Lions Club, he actively served in many civic and charitable projects.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by Lou Martin, his wife of 54 years; son Greg Martin and wife, Paula of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter Melinda Fink and husband, Larry of Russellville; and three grandchildren, Sarah Fink of Russellville, Bradley Fink of New Braunfels, Texas, and Ethan Martin of Pensacola. He is also survived by a brother, Drexel Martin of Houston, Texas and was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Martin of Ash Flat.
Funeral services were held July 6 at First United Methodist Church in Russellville with the Rev. David Scroggin officiating. Graveside service and burial followed at Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat with the Rev. Brien Nix Hall officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
Pallbearers were Bradley Fink, Ethan Martin, Bill Martin, David Keener, Phil Bourne, and Richard Pierce.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Denver, Russellville, AR 72801 or the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202.