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Faith Baptist Church
Thursday June 25th, 2020
3:00pm - 8:00pm

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Graveside Service

Lowe-Gardner Chapel
Friday June 26th, 2020

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Tom Elwin Martin

Tom Elwin Martin, born September 8, 1931, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on June 23, 2020. Tom was born in Evadale Texas to his parents William Claude and Rose Bernice Martin. He enlisted in the Navy on November 20, 1950. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Estes where he was Ships Serviceman Seaman USN-1 until he was discharged on July 15, 1954. He married Barbara Burks Martin on September 3, 1955 at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Quitman, and was happily married until her passing on August 14, 1999.

Tom was in the Navy from 1950-1954, part of the Flora Lodge #119 AF & AM, and was a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department for 33 years. After the death of his first wife he married Rhonda Jane Poe on April 13, 2001 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

He is proceeded in death by his first wife Barbara Martin, Parents William Claude and Rose Bernice Martin, Brothers Jerry Martin and Bruce Martin, and Sister Dixie Heathman.

Tom is survived by his daughter Sherry Bell (Mark) of Emory, TX; wife Rhonda Martin of Sulphur Springs, TX; sister Charlotte Woolems of Jasper, TX; granddaughters Stacy Kistler (Daniel) of Rockwall, TX; Jennifer Bell of Garland, TX; great granddaughters Emma Grace and Madelyn Belle Kistler; and many other family members and friends whose life Tom touched.

Visitation will be held at Lowe Funeral Home on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 3-8 PM. Graveside Service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery in Mineola, TX on Friday June 26, 2020 at 10:30 am.


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston. 

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My dads best friend as I remember well, Mr. Tom was always happy and had a way of making you feel just as happy, what a good man to learn from, Sherry, my prayers are with you!
Mark Jefferson

Mark Jefferson Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

We loved Tom as we did Barbara - separated for a long time but still best friends. Our condolences to Sherry, Mark and girls. Peggy and Leevon Boone

Peggy & Leevon Boone Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss Jane. He was such a friendly and sweet man! You have always been a very special lady to us as well!! take care and God Bless you and all of your and Tom's family..

Robin and Glenn Bohn
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Robin Bohn Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Tom was my husband's best friend. Went thru Navy together and were always close. I will never forget all the fun and laughs we had traveling together. Tom always had a smile on his face and he will be missed by anyone that knew him. Fly High my friend! My deepest sympathy to the family.

Joyce Jefferson Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM