Barbara Ruth Martin

Monday, August 23, 2021

Barbara Ruth Martin, 83, of Rector, passed from this world to be with her Lord and Savior on August 20, 2021, at the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. Barb was always a caring, loving wife and mother who loved to cook and spend time with her family and friends. She was a dedicated charter member of the Rector First General Baptist Church and served faithfully until her health began to decline. She always enjoyed working in her flower beds and raising a garden to share with family and friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents: Walter and Lula Mae (Massey) Williams, her brother: Billy Williams, a sister: Inez Dowdy and an infant sister: Geraldine Williams.

She leaves behind her loving husband Bill Martin, whom she was married to for 65 years, her children: Janet and Randal Gibson of Senath, MO. and Terry and Barbara Martin of Jonesboro; three grandchildren: Sarah and Gregg Layne, Rebekah and Sean Williams and Tee Maxx Martin; great grandchildren: Allyson Fowler, Zalie Williams, Jaxon Layne and Jodie Layne; her brother: James “Jimmy” and Virginia Williams along with a host of other special relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Rector First General Baptist Church. The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the church. Interment will be at the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector. Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector is in charge of the arrangements.