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Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:34 pm

James Virgil Martin age 86 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

James was born in Bengal, Oklahoma on March 10, 1931 to the late Ed Martin and Maud Wilcox Martin. He proudly served his country in the United States Army in Korea. He was owner of Martin’s Service Center which he and his wife Joyce operated from 1973-1986. James attended Acorn High School and gave back much to the Acorn Community as a member of the American Legion, Acorn School Board, Acorn Volunteer Fire Department and Acorn Water Department. James enjoyed gardening, spending time with his pets and taking long drives with his friend. He liked to research his genealogy and discover family history. 

He was a loving and kind husband, father, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by: Step-sons: Roy Moody and life friend Vonda of Mena, Arkansas, Cary Moody and wife Annette of Colorado; Daughter: Shirley Lawson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Grandchildren: Chris Moody and wife Alisha of Mena, Arkansas Matt Moody and wife Hillary of Colorado Josh Moody and wife Jamie of Conway, Arkansas Natosha Williams and husband Kenny of Mena, Arkansas; Twelve great-grandchildren; Brothers: John W. Martin and wife Nowita of Idabel, Oklahoma Leo Martin and wife Hazel of Pickens, Oklahoma; Sister: Bonnie Gatliff and husband George of Little Rock, Arkansas; and ost of friends 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Maud Martin, wife of 40 years Joyce Martin, brother Jerry Martin and brother Barney Martin

Funeral service will be Monday, January 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 

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