James Ancel Martin, 79, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Rex Hospital. He was born in Evansville, IN. to the late Ancel Martin and Opal Chambliss Martin.
He was married to his high school sweetheart, Betty, for 59 years. He served in the Air Force and spent one year in Korea. He was a computer programmer for IBM for 34 years. Jim served as a deacon at Wakefield Baptist Church before coming to Bay Leaf Baptist Church. He was most proud of building his own home where his family has lived for almost forty years. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Jim is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Martin; children, Joni Martin & husband, Steve Moore, of Raleigh, Steve Martin & wife Vickie, of Wendell, Julie Gorge & husband, Phil, of Cary and Brian Martin & wife, Lydia, of Rolesville; grandchildren, Joshua Martin, Melanie & Candice Martin, Alex & Abby Gorge and Karis, Alissa & Caleb Martin.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Delk.
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Memorial contributions can be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc., 1 Billy Graham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28201.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock, Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27614.
Friends may visit with the family one-hour prior to the service from 1-2:00 PM. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587.(919-556-5811)