Eugene D. "Gene" Martin

Friday, July 6, 2018
Gene Martin

Eugene D. "Gene" Martin, 95, of Paragould, Ark., formerly of Rector, Ark., passed away, July 5, 2018, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

He was born on January 22, 1923, and was the son of the late Herbert Ray and Leolia (Stone) Martin.

He was united in marriage to Cassie Cox and to this union three children were born.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cassie Cox Martin; his parents; grandsons, William James Martin and Jeremy Linam; stepdaughter, Carolyn Neal; and two sisters, Mildred Spicer and Mary Catherine Vowell.

Gene is survived by his wife, Mary Ratledge Martin of Paragould; three children, William E. Martin (Glenda) of Ridgeland, Miss., Ann Martin of Rector and Phyllis Harden of Redfield, Ark.; stepchildren, Jeff Ratledge (Wanda) of Canadian Lakes, Mich.; grandchildren, Beverly Linam of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jennifer Ashby (Rick) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Isaac Linam (Sarah) of Little Rock, Ark., Letitia Lovett (Tim) of Hamburg, Ark., LaVaughn Socia (Anthony) of Woodlawn, Ark., Jonathan Martin (Gena) of Ridgeland, Miss., and Sarah Martin of Ridgeland, Miss.; step-grandchildren, Crystal Ceo (John), Deonna Neal, Jim Neal (Shannon), Beth Neal and Jason Ratledge; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, with funeral services immediately following at 2, in the First Baptist Church in Marmaduke, Ark., with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector, Ark. Pallbearers are Isaac Linam, Jon Martin, Vaughn Harden, Anthony Socia, Rick Ashby, Colby Jacks, Lane Martin and Jeff Ratledge.

Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.