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Dorothy Jeanne Martin
March 29, 1931 - August 9, 2021

Dorothy Jeanne Martin (nee Basinger) passed away on Monday, August 9, 202 at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 11 days.. She was born Sunday, March 29, 1931 in Rudy, Arkansas to Rev. John Basinger and Jesse Campbell Basinger.  She married Jules Martin on December 23, 1953 in Trumann Arkansas and was a member of First Baptist Church in Trumann.       She was predeceased by her parents, husband Jules Martin, son Jon Alan Martin, and brother Dr. Jim Basinger.  She is survived by sons Don Martin (Sandy) of Carrolton TX and Tim Martin of St Louis, MO; a sister Ann Martin a brother Gary John Basinger, 5 grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.  A thank you to caregivers with a special thanks to sister-in-law Shirley Basinger who has been anywhere at anytime needed for several years during Jules and Dorothy’s illnesses.       Dorothy had a servants heart and had a personal philosophy  “to live her life in accordance to God’s laws and to treat others with the utmost importance”.   She loved to serve her church with her music, 48 years teaching Sunday school, and a talent for decorating the church sanctuary for holidays and special occasions.   The Trumann Schools and Fine Arts Council also benefited from her musical and creative talents. Dorothy’s kindness and deep love for people brought her many lifelong friends. Dorothy took people’s burdens as her own.       After graduating from ASU, Dorothy took a teaching position in Cardwell, Missouri.  When she married Jules she began teaching in Trumann and was with the Trumann schools for many years.       She met Jules Martin in 1948 and he became the love of her life and they were married for 66 years.  They shared their love for music, abilities to play piano and organ, love of flowers and gardens, and devotion to God, family, church, and their community.       A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be Friday, August 13, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Trumann at 6:00 p.m.. with Rev. John Maley officiating.  Due to Covid, mask are required.       Committal service will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, AR.      Pallbearers will be Kemp Childs, Jerry Greenwell, Wes Osment, Matt Basinger, Tim Martin, Don Martin, Jon Martin, Bob Martin and Bruce Ruffin.       In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 575, Trumann or  Trumann Fine  Arts.    Online guest book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net       In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering will be required and social distancing will be observed.

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August 13, 2021
06:00 PM

First Baptist Church
1301 Highway 69 West
Trumann, AR 72472
(870)483-6450

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  1. Peggy Wilkins, Decatur, AL 35601 says

    You taught me piano, and sorry to say I think I've forgot all of it. You were a fantastic lady..

  2. Lora Dorton-Cheney, Indianapolis, In says

    Mrs. Martin and her late husband represented all the best of Trumann: music, kindness, music, sincerity, music, devotion, music, humanity, mu...the best all of us can be. So happy to know you are with my mother in heaven. We all loved you so.

  3. Audra Curtis, San Ramon, CA says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ms Dorothy's family. She was absolutely the sweetest person and I'm so blessed she was a part of my life as a young child.

  4. Liz & Harry Vredingburgh, Trumann says

    Our sympathies to Dorothy's family, especially Deborah, her niece, who did so much for Dorothy and Jules. Dorothy was talented, creative, and so kind. We will miss her.

  5. Liz & Harry Vredingburgh, Trumann says

    We wat to express our sympathy to Dorothy's family, especially to her niece, Deborah who did so much for Dorothy and Jules. Dorothy was so talented, creative, and kind. We will miss her.

  6. Lynn Osment, Trumann says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy's family. Jules and Dorothy have been friends to my family all my life. Dorothy and her sweet smile and personality made an impact on so many lives. They both will live on in so many memories .

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