Mary Lou Poteete Martin
Funeral Date: 4/29/2012

Obituary:
Mary Lou Poteete Martin, of Warren, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23. Mrs. Martin and her husband of 59 years, Curry Martin Jr., directed the vocal and instrumental music programs of the Warren schools for almost thirty years. In addition, Mary Lou served as the organist for the First United Methodist Church of Warren for over twenty years. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Ruby Poteete of Perryville, and a brother, Robert, of Chicago, Illinois, and her husband. Mary Lou Poteete attended Arkansas State Teachers College (now called UCA) in Conway, where she met her future husband. They played together in a college dance band, the "Top Hatters." During her nearly three-decade teaching career, Mrs. Martin led the Warren choirs to numerous awards and honors. Her legendary attention to detail in directing the madrigal, girls ensemble and mixed chorus will always be fondly remembered. A member of the Arkansas Choral Directors' Association, Mrs. Martin was famous for her ability to play an accompaniment perfectly at first sight, a talent that was used for hundreds of Warren band and choir students at regional and state competitions. In her spare time, Mrs. Martin also coached the majorettes, designing and perfecting their routines. She also helped put out the fire batons and jump rope at Homecoming halftimes. Mary Lou Martin's cooking talents were also legendary. Her chili dogs, from the football concession, sold so well that at one point "Thousands and Thousands Sold" went up on a sign at the stand. Mrs. Martin's trademark dill pickles were also very popular across the state and throughout the Warren community. Mary Lou taught private piano lessons for many years, and she was in demand for her sewing, monogramming, and alterations work. Mrs. Martin filled her retirement years with quilting, watching grandchildren grow up, and tending her garlic and dill plants. She raised green plants in her sun room. She took a yearly trip with her "Florida Girls." She continued leading the church choir from the organ bench until she retired from that job. She is survived by three children: Marty Martin and wife Kari of Hamburg; Shelley Martin of Hot Springs; and Lucinda Hemmick and husband Tom of Cutchogue, Long Island, New York: four grandchildren, Jeff Martin and Tarah Martin Selby of Hamburg, Joshua Martin of Hot Springs, and Nicholas Hemmick of Tampa, Florida; and two great-grandchildren. A private graveside service was held on Sunday, April 29, at 1:30, A 2:00pm memorial service and reception was held at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday April 29th in Warren with Rev. Gary Maskell officiating. Memorials preferred The Martin Scholarship Fund, c/o Daniel Williams, Warren High School, Box 1210, Warren, Arkansas 71671. Arrangements were by Frazerís Funeral Home.

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Name: Paula (Johnson) Tooke
Message: To the Martin Family: I, like MANY, was able to enjoy and benefit from both Mr. and Mrs. Martin in my years at WHS. One specific memory comes to mind regarding Mrs. Martin. I was sick in the hospital in my sophomore year, worrying about how I was going to keep up with my school work and grades. She was the first teacher of mine that immediately let me know not to worry about her class. That stuck in my mind for a long time, and even helped me decide to become a teacher myself. I hope that as these days are hard right now, that eventually looking over and thinking about her memories will somehow ease your pain - -if only a little.

Name: Louan (Reep) Butts
Message: Marty and Family, I'm so sorry of hearing of the passing of your mom. My prayers are with you at this time.

Name: Charlotte Denton
Message: Marty and families, so sorry to hear of your loss. Your parents have left a living legacy to so many Warren students. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

Name: Deanna (Calloway) Smith
Message: Mrs. Martin was a very special person in my life. She loved each and every one she taught and talked hours upon hours about her children. She will be dearly missed.

Name: Larenda (Haynes) Green
Message: Dear Martin family, I am so very sorry to hear of the recent loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. Mrs. Martin was one of a select few teachers that impacted my life greatly. I still carry her words of wisdom in my heart and share them with anyone who will listen. We all were blessed to have such a wonderful person in our lives!

Name: Nancy Moore
Message: You have been blessed to have the very best of parents. I know that losing them both in such a short time is even more difficult. Have comfort that mom and dad are together again. God richly bless all of you and your families. You are in my prayers.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: I am so sad to rear of Ms. Martin's passing. She was truly an icon, a friend to hundreds of Warren kids and an export seamstress and listner. She will be missed. My heart goes out to all the family.

Name: William & Toni Carr Miller
Message: The Martins taught each of us including our son. Mrs Martin was a STEEL MAGNOLIA. A multi talented woman this town will miss dearly. Your family is in our prayers at this time.

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: I am so sorry to read of Mrs. Mary Lou's passing. I had the opportunity to know and work with her on Band Follies years ago and she was a class act.

Name: Mike Lonsberry
Message: Mrs Martin, in her own right, and in partnership with her late husband, was a true icon of the community in which she lived, taught, and guided the lives of so many of Warren's students and citizens. There are those who do good things, those who do great things, and those whose contributions cannot be measured merely by the time they spent among us. Mrs Martin was one of those who spent a lot of time doing great things for her school, her church and her family. Her talents and teachings will be visible in the lives of so many for so long. She was truly a great lady. We all must give thanks to God for sending Mrs Mary Lou to share and influence our lives. Go in peace and know that the world is a better place because you were here with us for those many years. May God bless your family.

Name: Donna Ashcraft
Message: Lucinda, Shelley and Martin family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. The choirs in Heaven surely gained an incredible voice. May you all be blessed with Gods peace and comfort that only he can give you in such a sorrowful time as this.

Name: Andy Gibbs
Message: Dear Martin Family: You are and will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother and father made a profoundly positive impact on thousands of people. They don't make em' like Mary Lou anymore. Sincerely, Andy Gibbs

Name: Tom Ed Wright
Message: Mrs. Martin taught me violin lessons for several years. She was a good teacher. My Dad got me the violin from Mr. Gibbs drug store, it was a real sacrifice for him. She made sure I did my practices and would not allow me to leave until I had mastered the lesson. May the Lord comfort and support her family at this time is my prayer.--REV. T.E. WRIGHT

Name: Ricky Green
Message: We all have lost a great friend, teacher and mentor. My heart goes out to all who share this loss. May God give comfort to us all and place in us the warmth of memories shared of the special way Mrs. Martin touched our lives.

Name: lyn(johnson) farmer
Message: I am so sorry for your loss, Mrs Martin will surely be missed, she was a remarkable woman.

Name: Charles and Anne Allen
Message: Marty and Family, Anne and I are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Our prayers ane thoughts are with you. May God bless your family! Charles and Anne

Name: Carla Kincannon
Message: God's choir is in good hands. You will be greatly missed. God Bless. Carla Kincannon Gail Holbrook Martin

Name: June Self
Message: Dear Martin children, I remember my first meeting with your mom-- on the sidewalk near the primary school when I was a student there, before she had even married your dad. Miss Poteete (later Martin) became an integral part of my life from then on. What a special lady! I loved both your parents more than I can say.

Name: Tammy Evans Hensley
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Name: Gary and Melissa Maskell
Message: Our love and prayers go with you all during tis time of loss!

Name: Betty Ferguson Richard
Message: I will never forget her or Mr Martin They were special truly gifted teachers

Name: Retha Sawyer
Message: Marty, Shelley, Lucinda, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Martin. I can't express how much I learned from her and enjoyed being around her and the Martin family while in band and choir. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Retha Herring Sawyer