John Lee Martin, son of the late Elijah and Janie Small Martin, was born January 19, 1945 in Sumter County. John departed this life on Monday, November 29, 2021 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. John education began at Ebenezer School in Dalzell. He was employed as a truck driver with Ross Fuel, later at B & D Plant and Crestcent Tool. After retirement, he was employed at Tuomey Hospital. As a teenager he was baptized at Joshua Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend S. J. Weston, where was a member of the choir under the leadership of Bro. Harvey Dyson and the Usher Board. John leaves to cherish his loving memories: his wife, Alva Mae Jenkins Martin; three sons, Leroy Martin of Maine, Johnny Martin, Jr. (Thelma) and Gregory Martin of the home; one brother, Elijah Martin, Jr. of New York; one sister, Louise Jenkins (James) of Sumter; one adopted brother, Darryl (Chelyl) Keith; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Min. James H. Jenkins and James A. Jenkins of Sumter; three sisters-in-law, Thelma Vaughn of Dalzell, Rev. Jannette Jenkins of Sumter, Mildred Mathew of Philadelphia, PA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 2690 Yank Haven Drive, Sumter. Funeral services were held 12:00 noon, Saturday, December 4, 2021, in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Eugene G. Dennis, pastor of Joshua Baptist Church, Eulogist, assisted by the Rev. William Jefferson. Burial followed in the Joshua Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell.
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