Sergeant Major James “Paul” Martin (Ret. Army), 71, entered heaven’s rest peacefully on
December 3, 2018, with many loved ones by his side. He is survived by a large loving family
which includes his wife, Retha, his mother, Ellie, his brother, Keith, sister, Joanna, 2 sons,
Christian and Stephen, 3 daughters, Sandra, Patty and Niki, together with their spouses, 11
grandchildren, Alex, Kyle, Trey, Zach, Katelyn, Harrison, Cooper, Jack, Kate, Carter and
Kendyll, and 3 great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Karsyn, and Logan, along with many nieces and
nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James H.
Martin, and his nephew Corey Dennis. Paul was born May 20, 1947 to James H. and Ellie
Martin, then graduated from NLRHS in 1966 before attending Hendrix College. After college, he
proudly served our country with the U.S. Army on active duty and the reserves over a span of
32 years, all the while working for Sears in retail and management for over 40 years. Paul was
smart, funny, loving, and always ready to gather the family for a good time. He loved to cook
great food, cheer on the Razorbacks (always believing they would win), serve his family, and
watch the sunrise at the beach. He will be greatly missed! Thankfully, we do not grieve as those
without hope. Even though Paul is absent in the body, he is present with the Lord because he
trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior (1 Thes. 4:13-14). The family will receive visitors on
Thursday, December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home. Our family and friends will gather to worship the Lord in celebration of Paul’s life on Friday, December 7th at 11:30 am at Smith- North Little Rock Funeral Home, followed by placement of his ashes at the Arkansas State
Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the UAMS Myeloma Center.
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