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Thomas Garey Martin
December 20, 1940 - September 5, 2023

Thomas Garey Martin of Trumann passed away on September 5, 2023 at the age of 82.  He was born December 20, 1940 in Trumann AR to the late Doyle and Myrtle Martin and was preceded in death by by parents, and sister, Melissa Jean McMurray.       Garey was a 3rd generation barber at The Ok Barber Shop in Trumann that opened in 1908 until his retirement in 2010. He was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was also co-owner of Hatchie Coon Planting Company that conducted reforestation in WI, TN, MO and AR including The Marked Tree  Floodway.  He also served on The St. Francis Lake Association Board, The Community House Foundation as well as a Lions Club member.  He was also instrumental in Trumann being designated as a Tree City USA city and received the 2016 Citizen of the Year in Trumann.       He was a member of The First Baptist Church and enjoyed woodcarving, growing ghourds and was a lifetime Arkansas Razorback fan.     He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Nell Stroman Martin; and daughter, Amy Jo Martin Privett of Jonesboro; as well as nieces, Donna (Jack) Ferguson & family of Virginia Beach, VA and Darci (Bob) Richards & family of Clifton, VA.       The family will receive friends Sunday, September 10th from 2:00  -  4:00 pm at Thompson Funeral Home.         In lieu of flowers of plants, please consider planting a tree in his memory thru the Arbor Day Foundation.       Online guest book can be signed at www. thompsonfuneralhome.net

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September 10, 2023
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Thompson Funeral Home
220 Viva Drive
Trumann, AR 72472

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  1. Michelle Crain, Jonesboro says

    Today is September 25th and I’m just hearing of your dad’s passing. He lived next door to my mom, Martha Green, and would often stop by to check on her and offer kind words. I thought very highly of him and I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for your family.

  2. Doris Penter, Trumann says

    Amy this is Doris Penter I didn’t know that your dad passed away. I guess I need to check every day to see who God has passed on. I just wanted to send you my sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss, he was the best. I will keep your family in my prayers. Doris Penter

  3. Skip & Linda Hogue, Jonesboro says

    Amy and family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your precious dad. Garey was Skip's (my husband) barber and friend for so many years. He was also our son's barber as well for many years. We have so many great memories every barber visit. Sending hugs and prayers for all of you. He was definitely one of the best guys out there!!

  4. Melanie Pyles-Thomas, Trumann says

    Mr Gary cut my son Trevor hair for years. Trevor is handicap and never enjoyed getting his hair cut. But Gary trimmed him right up even through all the chaos! And he only cut his ear once! Even after he retired, everytime he saw me he asked "how is your son" such a great man. Prayers for the family during this difficult time!

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