Joye Ann Martin

Joye Ann Martin, 78, of Wilmar, passed away on July 9, 2020 of injuries from an automobile accident.

She was born on August 27, 1941 in Bradley County to the late Ruby Fletcher Rayford and George Coleman.

Mrs. Martin was the widow of Charles L. Martin.

She had been employed at Burlington Industries in Monticello, Jack Winter and LaDonnas in Warren, the Human Development Center in Warren and most recently at Advantages Health Care of Monticello.

She gave her life to Christ at an early age and was a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmar. She attended school at Wilmar and later received her GED. As a young girl, she inherited a love for fishing from her grandmother, Roberta Fletcher. When she married Charles, she gained a fishing buddy and could “out fish” the best of them.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Marquis Martin, stepsons, Mark and Charles Martin, Jr. and a stepdaughter, Belinda Davis.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory, two sons, Hebert Rayford of Little Rock and Rod Guy (Tonya) of Wilmar; three daughters, Daphna Wilkins (Louis), Marilyn Reed (U.S.) of Little Rock and Viola Edwards (Ulysses) of Monticello; four stepsons, Temaus Wade (Michelle), Willie, Greg, and Anthony Martin of Warren; four brothers, Larry Rayford (Patricia) of Monticello, Donnie Rayford of Wilmar, Gregory Rayford (Linda) of Huntsville, Alabama and Bobby Coleman (Joyce) of Sherwood; one sister, Mary Harris (David “DC”) of Little Rock; ten grandchildren, Tonya, Elmore, Chelsea, Jillian, Kaitlin, LaKisha, Alex, Toni, Amber, and Joshua; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Home in Monticello with burial to follow at the Wilmar Cemetery. Visitation following COVID-19 guidelines will be 6:00-7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.