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Bobby Martin
February 20, 1952 - April 13, 2022

James Robert “Bobby” Martin departed this life Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, TN at the age of 70 years, 1 month and 24 days.  He was born on Wednesday, February 20, 1952 in Jonesboro, AR to the late Lloyd E. and Oma (Knight) Martin.  Bobby lived his childhood in Trumann, AR.  He remarked recently what a wonderful childhood he had with his cousins, neighborhood friends, and school friends.  Bobby stayed in touch with many of his childhood friends as they fished, hunted and shared good times up until his death. Most important were his faith, family, friends.  He looked upon his friends as part of his family.  Always active, many hobbies took up Bobby’s time.  There was never a time he was not involved in repairing, building, hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, photography, etc.  He was a veteran of the National Guard.  He had a bachelors degree from Arkansas State University in Marketing and Computer Science.   He had a knack for resolving issues and was always willing to take time for others. First Baptist Church of Trumann, AR was the place where Bobby gave his heart to the Lord, was baptized and formed a personal relationship with his Lord.  After he moved to Memphis, he became involved in Bartlett Baptist Church by singing in the choir and being faithful to his Sunday School Class, serving as the greeter to each person as they arrived.  Before retiring he worked for Shelby County in Memphis, TN., in their technology dept.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.       Bobby is survived by his wife, Brenda Martin, daughter, Rachel Martin, Sister, Deborah Martin, brother, Barry Tubbs; nephew, Barry Tubbs Jr. niece, Micah Tjeerdsma; and several close cousins. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Trumann.  Celebration of life will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. John Maley officiating.   Committal service will be Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.       Active pallbearers will be Don Young, Tommy Lindsey, Phillip Cole, Jim Baldridge, Junior Hendrix and Bobby Hightower.       In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials be sent to Trumann First Baptist Church, 1301 AR-69, Trumann, AR 72472 or Bartlett Baptist Church, 3465 Kirby Whitten Pkwy, Bartlett, TN 38135.       In compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, a mask or other facial covering is optional and social distancing will be observed.       An online register book can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net

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April 18, 2022
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM

First Baptist Church
1301 Highway 69 West
Trumann, AR 72472

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Funeral Service

April 18, 2022
06:00 PM

First Baptist Church
1301 Highway 69 West
Trumann, AR 72472

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Graveside Service

April 19, 2022
02:00 PM

Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery
3910 Harrisburg Road
Jonesboro, AR 72404

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  1. Scotty Maglothin , Dallas says

    We go back many moons…

  2. Ron Bimes, St Louis says

    Brenda & Rachel: I left brief note on the Legacy site, but wanted you both to know that our Michael would’ve been very saddened by this news. He thought so much of you all. You are in my thoughts.

  3. Aloha Ralph, Bartlett, Tennessee says

    He will be missed.

  4. judy curton, Corona says

    Debbie, so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Jim and I always thought a lot of him and you and your whole family. May God give you comfort during this time.

  5. Mike Chaffin, Russellville, Ar says

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family

  6. Raymond Tant, Millington, TN says

    Learned a lot from him over the years at Shelby County. He always brought in Deer Jerky and shared stories of deer hunting. Going to miss "Bob".

  7. Stan Cragg, Conway, AR says

    Peaceful rest, ole friend.

  8. Johnnie (Kendall) Mitchusson, Star City says

    Sending condolences

  9. Audra Curtis, California says

    Brenda and Rachel, I'm so sorry for your loss. I loved Bobby like he was my own dad, and he was always so fun when he would come hang out with dad. What a joyous meeting they had in heaven tho. They can be troublemakers together again!

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