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Rev. Elroy Martin, a resident of Henryetta passed away Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 in Tulsa at the age of 82. He was born April 6, 1936 in Walnut Springs, Texas to Rev. Frank D. Martin & Minerva Fay (Gressett) Martin. Bro. Martin finished his schooling and graduated from Plainview Public Schools in Plainview, Texas.
Bro. Martin recently retired from pastoring the Morris United Pentecostal Church after many years. At the age of fourteen Bro. Martin was made youth leader of his church and as sectional youth leader at the age of 16 for his section. He began his ministry at the age of nineteen and pastored four churches, including Pueblo, Colorado, Hobbs, New Mexico, Temple, Texas and Morris, Oklahoma. Bro. Martin's ministry spanned over sixty years evangelizing, pastoring, doing dramas for camps, mentoring and encouraging all he could. Bro. Martin influenced scores of people to serve the Lord and follow their call into whatever ministry God was leading them. His ministry will live on in those he won to the Lord and will continue to win the lost.
Bro. Martin was a licensed pilot and an avid hunter. He loved hunting anywhere in the United States especially Alaska. He and Sis. Martin traveled internationally, including Australia & New Zealand. They traveled nationwide including the southern states for nine years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Angella Beth Hurt.
Among survivors are his wife, LaJoyce Martin of the home;
Son Kevin Martin & wife Karen of Greenville, Texas;
Daughter, Bethany Sledge & husband Rev. Carl Sledge of Berlin, Germany;
Son-in-law, Dewayne Hurt of Okmulgee;
Four Grandchildren and his first great-grandchild on the way which will be his namesake;
Brother, James Keither Martin of Abilene, Texas;
Sister, Rachel Looney & husband Bob of De Leon, Texas;
As well as nieces, nephews, friends & other relatives and his beloved church family.
Viewing will be 2-8pm Sunday at Integrity Funeral Service with the family present to greet friends from 2-4pm.
Pallbearers will be Colton Hurt, Wylie Childress, Kenyon Berry, Larry Hall, Mark Stacy & Tim Stacy. Honorary Pallbearers will be, James (Jim) Davis, Charlie Been, Dewayne Hurt, & Deloy Vaughn.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 25th at Dewar United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Don Martin & Rev. Matthew Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Salt Creek Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.