James "Paul" MartinMabelvale, AR, 1947 - 2018 0comment
Sergeant Major James "Paul" Martin (Ret. Army), 71, entered heaven's rest peacefully on December 3, 2018, with many loved ones by his side. He is survived by a large loving family which includes his wife, Retha, his mother, Ellie, his brother, Keith, sister, Joanna, two sons, Christian and Stephen, 3 daughters, Sandra, Patty and Niki, together with their spouses, 11 grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Trey, Zach, Katelyn, Harrison, Cooper, Jack, Kate, Carter and Kendyll, and three great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Karsyn, and Logan, along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James H. Martin, and his nephew Corey Dennis.
Paul was born May 20, 1947 to James H. and Ellie Martin, then graduated from NLRHS in 1966 before attending Hendrix College. After college, he proudly served our country with the U.S. Army on active duty and the reserves over a span of 32 years, all the while working for Sears in retail and management for over 40 years. Paul was smart, funny, loving, and always ready to gather the family for a good time. He loved to cook
great food, cheer on the Razorbacks (always believing they would win), serve his family, and watch the sunrise at the beach. He will be greatly missed! Thankfully, we do not grieve as those without hope. Even though Paul is absent in the body, he is present with the Lord because he trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior (1 Thes. 4:13-14).
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, December 6th from 6-8 p.m. at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home. Our family and friends will gather to worship the Lord in celebration of Paul's life on Friday, December 7th at 11:30 a.m. at Smith - North Little Rock Funeral Home, followed by placement of his ashes at the Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the UAMS Myeloma Center. Online guestbook at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Published December 6, 2018
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North Little Rock Funeral Home
1921 Main St, North Little Rock, AR