Jimmy Melvin Martin, 84 of Big Lake, entered God’s Heavenly Kingdom on April 27, 2014 at this residence.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at First Baptist Church in Big Lake followed by services at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. J. B. Bitner, Jr. and Rev. Gerald Bastin conducting the service. Burial will follow in Glen Rest Cemetery. Arrangements are by Johnson’s Funeral Home in San Angelo, Texas.
Jimmy was born September 17, 1929 in Ranger, Texas to Emmett Lucian Martin and Ellie Mae Lee Martin. After graduating from Ranger High School, he married the love of his life, Jane Ann McMillan on June 24, 1951 in Barnhart, Texas. They then moved to Big Lake where they raised their 3 children, Jimmy Mack, Jana, and Jena and shared 61 beautiful years together until her death on November 6, 2012. Jimmy and Jane owned and operated Martin’s Department Store for almost 60 years. During the time Jimmy and Jane also built and owned the Derrick Inn Motel for many years. In 1986, Jimmy got a taste of the oil business and formed Jimmy Martin, Inc. He was always proud of the legacy of his family businesses.
Jimmy was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Big Lake.
Jimmy was a generous and fun-loving man. He never met a stranger. He was always anxious to reach out his hand to meet a new friend and find out where they were from. The close bond he was able to form with people was a special gift Jimmy had. More than anything, though, his family brought him more joy than one could imagine. You could see his face light up and the twinkle in his eyes at the mere mention of Jane, Jimmy Mack, Jana, or Jena. As his family grew, so did the love Jimmy had for his family.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his loving wife, Jane, his loving son, Jimmy Mack, his parents, Emmett Lucian and Ellie Mae Martin, his brother, Charles Martin, his great granddaughter, Kynsley Ann Bryant, and his niece, Julie Martin.
He is survived by his loving daughters Jana Fisher and husband, Mike, and Jena Fisher and husband, Gregg all of Big Lake. He is also survived by his brother and buddy E. L. Martin and wife, Melba, of Lubbock, and his sister, Jane Carver, of Graham and several nieces and nephews. His pride and joy were his 4 grandkids Landon Fisher and wife, Stace, Leah Bryant and husband, Tanner, all of San Angelo, Brennan Fisher of Lubbock and Brady Fisher of Big Lake. Also surviving are his 2 great grandsons, Connor and Hudson Fisher of San Angelo, and another great grandson on the way. He is survived by 2 special nieces and their families, Kathryn Sellers of Colleyville and Beverly Barnett of San Antonio. Also surviving are numerous friends and relatives and last, but not least, his loyal and faithful, furry companion who he adored, Joe Boy.
Family and friends may sign the online register book at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com