Francis Martin Jr.

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 28, 2018

July 28, 1928 – Aug. 19, 2018

NATCHEZ — A memorial service for Francis “Fanny” Martin Jr., 90, of Natchez, who died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Merit Health Natchez, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Natchez with the Rev. Joan Gandy officiating.   
Visitation with the family will be from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
Mr. Martin was born July 28, 1928, in Vidalia, the son of Francis Martin Sr. and Delia Meng Martin.
He was an avid sportsman, both as a player and a coach. He attended both Louisiana State University and University of Southern Mississippi, and was a devoted employee of Chevron Oil for more than 40 years.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, JoElla Junkin Martin; one son. Stephen H. Martin; and one brother, John “Skippy” Martin.
Survivors include six children and two stepchildren, Francis “Frank” Martin III of Natchez, Christine Foley and husband, Bill, of Hattiesburg, Michael Martin and wife, Rita, of Vidalia, Cammie Martin of Memphis, Tenn., Emily Eidt and husband, JoJo, of Natchez, Maria Henwood and husband, Jim, Westin, Fla., Jerry Junkin and wife, Becky, and Sissy Allen and husband, Woody, all of Natchez; 10 grandchildren, Randall Martin, Andrew Martin, Emily Foley Hall and husband, Matthew, William Foley, Courtland Foley and wife, Laura, Benjamin Eidt, Phillip Eidt and wife, Nikki, Molly Martin, Emily Martin and Taylor Henwood; six step-grandchildren, Lari Sandel and husband, Lewie, David Junkin and wife, Stacey, Blythe Roberts, Jordan Falls and husband, Brandon, Spencer Allen and Jennie Allen; four great-grandchildren, Alex Hall, Kaden Foley, Ashlyn Foley and Cecelia Eidt; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will be honored as pallbearers.
The family wishes to express gratitude to his devoted helper, “Tiny,” and special friends, Danny Goldman and Fleet Jones, as well as all the members and of the staff and friends at Merit Heart Rehab.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

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