Lucy May Harris Martin
Funeral Date: 11/2/2009

Obituary:
Lucy May Harris Martin, age 88, of Warren died Friday, October 30, 2009 at her home. She was born October 19, 1921 at Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of the late Edward Crampton Harris and Lucy May Bradford Harris. Mrs. Martin was a 1942 graduate of Wellesley College. She joined the Navy in 1942 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. She was stationed in Panama City, Florida, where she met her future husband, James Kenneth Martin of Warren. They were married December 4, 1943. Mr. Martin died February 15, 1995. She was also predeceased by her sister Marian Cockrell and two brothers, George S. Brown and Dr. Crampton Harris. Mrs. Martin was active in First Presbyterian Church, Warren, for many years. As a charter member of the Warren Junior Auxiliary, she wrote the motto for the national association that is still used today. She had a quick mind and a clever wit. She loved to enter jingle contests and won the family’s first color TV by writing one. An avid reader, she served as Bradley County Librarian for 4 years. She played in the same bridge club for over 50 years. She was the bookkeeper at the family business, Martins, for several years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She raised her children to be strong, independent and caring. Survivors include her son Warren Mayor Bryan Martin and his wife Dr. Sue Martin, her daughter Lucy Martin Neal and spouse Charles of Little Rock, and her daughter Elizabeth Lee Martin of Austin, Texas; 8 grandchildren: Dr. Bradford Lyon and wife Karen of Knoxville, TN, Lucinda Lyon Buford and husband Barry of Dallas, TX, John Lyon and wife Wendy and Martin Lyon and wife Kelly, all of Little Rock, Laura Charanza and husband Richard of Coppell, TX and David Martin and wife Crystal of Missouri City, TX; 12 great grandchildren: Lee and Eva Lyon of Knoxville, TN, Anna and Harrison Buford of Dallas, TX, Lucy Grace, Delaney, John Philip, and Landon Lyon of Little Rock, Carson Charanza of Coppell, TX, Caleigh, Camryn, and Dawson Martin of Missouri City, TX. The family wishes to thank the ladies who faithfully cared for her during the last few years: Norma Kolen, Patsy Tatum, Brandy Butler, Rachel York, Audrey Clark, Nettie Overton and Gloria Wylie. Memorial service was Monday, November 2, at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Warren by Rev Dari Victoria Rowan. Janice McAllister was the organist. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 212 East Church Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671 Warren Branch Library, 115 West Cypress Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671 or Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 North Main Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671

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Name: Ricky Green
Message: My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mrs. Lucy was such a joy to be around and will be greatly missed.

Name: Janice McAllister
Message: I am so honored to be asked to play the organ for your mother's memorial service. She was a dear lady and a great inspiration to all who met her. I have such great love and admiration for Bryon & Sue and their children. They are wonderful and loyal friends. With sympathy and love, Janice

Name: Charles Landers
Message: Lucy & Bryan, I was saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I know that you all will miss her very much. I remember she was a homeroom Mom when I was in the 1st grade and we had an Easter egg hunt at you all's house. May be Lord be with you all at this sad time. You'll be in my prayers. with sincere sympathy, Charles Lander

Name: Dorothy Jeffers
Message: With My deepest Sympathy to each of you.

Name: Dorothy Jeffers
Message: With My deepest Sympathy to each of you.

Name: Johnnie Angle
Message: My Thoughts and Prayers are with each of you. She was such a nice Lady.

Name: Levie Angle
Message: Mrs. Martin will surely be missed by all. She touched the hearts of so many.

Name: Lillie Bell Williams -Temple
Message: We were neighbors for such a long such a long time ago. Lucy was such a strong lady and has accomplished so much. Take comfort in the fact that You All will meet again One Blessed Day.

Name: Leonard & Sharon Rice
Message: Lucy & Bryan Extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time.

Name: David & Tina McClain
Message: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. May God bless and keep you during this time of saddest.

Name: David & Tina McClain
Message: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. May God bless and keep you during this time of saddest.

Name: Ricky Rauls
Message: Brian I never met your mom but she raised a fine son like you she must have been special, God bless you and your family during your time of sorrow

Name: Cheryl & Bill Fox
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Name: Steve & Kelly Neal
Message: Lucy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

Name: Bettye Kerns
Message: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May those Lucy May genes keep you strong.

Name: Marlene Elliott
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Mrs. Lucy from our years at the animal clinic helping to care for her beloved pets. She will be sorely missed by all.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: To all the Martin family: Mrs. Lucy was a fine lady. She loved book and words and was a tireless supporter of those who wrote for The Eagle and other publications. She will be missed. You all are in my prayers.

Name: Becky Quimby
Message: Bryan, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I pray God's blessings upon you and your family during this difficult time in your lives.

Name: John & Sandy Gavin
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Name: John & Sandy Gavin
Message: We are so sorry to hear about Ms. Lucy. I remember her in Martin's when I was a child & I enjoyed her straightforward manner & feisty nature.

Name: Cindy Marsh Smith
Message: I was so sorry to hear about your mom, but I was also shocked to learn that Bruce had known and worked with your uncle, Crampton Harris, when we lived in Mobile. It is a very small world.

Name: Judy and French Wynne.Jr.
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.

Name: Becky Carlson
Message: I was so sorry to hear about your loss. She and her brother and sister were very special to my mom and I know she was a special lady. I am so glad that I was able to meet her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Name: TOM ED WRIGHT
Message: Brian, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember her and your Dad. Just remember, only one life, then it will pass, only what's done for Christ will last! May the Lord comfort you at this time! REV. T.E. WRIGHT