Alvia “Bud” Martin passed away July 17, 2016 at the age of 81 peacefully in his home, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Church of Minden, located on Hwy 531.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. at the United Pentecostal Church of Minden and led by Pastor Jeff Ramsey.
Mr. Martin was born May 31, 1935 in Ruston. As a teenager he was friends with Hoyle and Doyle Chanler and later met their sister, Doris and they soon began their courtship. The 6’4″ handsome, lanky boy with beautiful blue eyes won her heart and they were later married on Nov. 17, 1952. They would later have four children.
Mr. Martin was a butcher at Barksdale Airforce Commissary for a number of years. Later he worked at the U.S. Postal Service where he later retired. After retirement he enjoyed early mornings drinking coffee and reading and sharing the word of God. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Not just the sport of it, but the peace and tranquility he experienced being with nature. Those that knew him will remember his passionate and tender nature. He loved his family and was protective of his lovely wife, Doris, until the very end of his life on this earth. Until we see you again.
He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Mildred “Doris” Martin; sister, Donald Grice; children, Jackie M. Hickey, Darlene Martin, Dewayne Martin and his wife Pat, Sherri M. Taylor and her husband, Charlie and Bridget King; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Pearl Martin and Lawrence Martin; siblings, Joyce Beauchamp, Ila Holcomb, Ida May Martin, John Thomas Martin and Mavis Martin; great-grandchildren, Alexander Dewayne Martin and Stephen Tyler Downs.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Taylor, Clint White, Shane Miller,
Gerald Melton, Blake Reeves, Kevin Downs, and Al Taylor.
Honorary Pallbearers: LC Peevy, Hoyle Chanler, Doyle Chanler, Johnny Melton and Carl Grice.
A very special thank you to Pastor Jeff Ramsey of the United Pentecostal Church in Minden for all of your prayers and support and to Regional Hospice and their wonderful staff. The care and heartfelt compassion shown by Celeste and Lee throughout this process will always be remembered.
He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by friends and family.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17