Marquis Dareun Martin, 25 was born August 6, 1993 at Bradley County Hospital in Warren to LaKisha Arrington and Jeffery J. Jackson.
A sudden departure from this life left a tremendous void in the hearts of those who loved him. Marquis was a member of Shady Grove A.M.E. Church in Wilmar. He was grateful for the members of Shady Grove.
Marquis attended Wilmar Pre-K and Drew Central Elementary and High Schools. As a student at Drew Central, he played basketball and football. He had a love for dogs, especially his dog he lovingly called “Red-Man.”
Even though he was young, Marquis was never afraid of hard work. He worked with his Uncle Rod in the logging industry as well as the city of Wilmar. He was currently employed at Drew Central School District as a paraprofessional, and also worked part-time at McDonald’s in Monticello. Marquis had a love for children he worked with as well as the children in the community of Wilmar, whom he would look out for, making sure they were safe in the mornings as they waited to catch the school bus. To many of the younger children, he was lovingly called “Uncle Mack.”
He was a young dad, but a good father. He enjoyed fatherhood, and he jokingly complained about the price of pampers. His son MJ was the love of his life.
Marquis social media pictures of he and his son are priceless as they convey a love story of a father and son.
He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Charles Martin, Sr., his great-great grandmother, Ruby Rayford Darrough, and his great-grandfather, Robert (Marie) Arrington.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his son, Marquis Dareun (MJ); his mother, Lakisha Arrington of Little Rock; his father, Jeffrey J. Jackson of Angie, Louisiana; his great-grandmother, Ann Martin of Wilmar; his grandmother, Daphna (Louis) Wilkins of Little Rock; his sister, LaTiya Davis of Little Rock; his brother, Imani Riley of Monticello, VeShunda McGhee, Aden Jackson, of Angie, Louisiana; his great aunts, Marilyn (U.S.) Reed of Maumelle, Lisa (Ulysses) Edwards of Monticello, and Marilyn Trotter of Monticello; his great uncles, Herbert Rayford of Little Rock and Robert (Gwen) Arrington of Monticello; a special uncle, Rod (Tonya) of Wilmar; his god-brother, Lekevious Kilpatrick of McGehee; uncles – Tyrone McGowen (Tyeshia) of Angie, Louisiana, Antonio Robertson of Monticello, and Jodie Franklin Arrington of Fayetteville; and aunts, Rashunda (Brent) Bates of Gordan, Kansas and Shivetta Robertson of Monticello.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 13, at 1 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello. Burial to follow at the Wilmar Cemetery.