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Obituaries

August 5, 2013

Dr. Jimmy A. Martin Sr.

McALESTER — Dr. Jimmy A. Martin Sr., 85, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Llano Cemetery with  Brian Mashburn, of Southwest Church of Christ, officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of  Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo, Texas.

Born July 9, 1928, in Scipio, he was the son of James Phillip and Arbie Teen (Goodman) Martin. He attended public schools in Scipio, graduating from Indianola High School.

He joined the United States Army in 1946 and served in Germany in the Army Security Agency. He was honorably discharged in 1948.

He attended, and graduated from, Eastern Oklahoma A&M in Wilburton. He was recalled back into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and discharged in 1950.

Upon being discharged from the Army the second time, he entered the University of Tulsa, graduating with a doctorate degree in educational administration.

In 1951 he married Betty Jane Farris, in McAlester. They had one daughter and one son.

He was with Tulsa public schools as a teacher, principal and in research. In 1967 he began teaching at NSU in Tahlequah and taught until he retired in 1991. He was in education for 39 years.

He was an avid reader and golfer.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter,  Andrea L. Martin, Bemidji, Minn.; son, Dr. Jimmy A. Martin Jr. and wife, Kim, Amarillo; three granddaughters, Erin E. Martin Rojas and husband, Aaron, and Megan and Morgan Martin.

Also, great-grandchildren, Noah and Ava Rojas; a brother, Joe P. and wife, Willie Martin, of Sand Springs; sister-in-law,  Betty Ann Farris, San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law, Bonnie Larison, of McAlester; aunt Hazel Martin, of Indianola, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, J.D. Farris and Buddy Larison, and a nephew, Johnny Larison.

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