God blessed this world with the birth of an angel, Mayme Delores Martin, affectionately known as “Pumkin.” She was born to the late William Wallace (Chief) and Regina Calhoun (RC) Martin on October 10, 1946. This precious rose was rooted, nurtured, and beautifully bloomed in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Mayme came from a long line of educators. She graduated from Riverside High School in 1963 (Chattanooga, TN) and further attended and graduated from Shaw University (Durham, NC) and Covenant College. She was employed at Blue Cross of Blue Shield of Tennessee for 20 years. Mayme was very proud and held numerous teaching positions throughout Tennessee and North Carolina. She was also appointed as the Director of the Black Cultural Center at Tennessee Technology University (Cookeville, TN), where she could engage with many students on campus and share her love and knowledge of Black History.
She was a phenomenal woman of unwavering faith and had a strong will in the power of God. While in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she was an Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church faithful member, where she served as a member of the Adult Mass Choir, Usher Board, and Beautifying Guild. In the later part of her life, she became a faithful member at the Church on 68 in High Point, North Carolina, where she enjoyed her service for the Lord on the Usher Board. She was also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
After retiring, Mayme enjoyed spending time with family and friends as much as she could. She loved talking to anyone who would listen, share her faith, life’s journey, and give assistance to those in need. She had a passion for writing and reading. She also made beautiful jewelry and had an endearing passion for all things political.
Mayme was preceded in death by her loving parents, William and Regina Martin; siblings William Martin Jr. (Junie) and Robert Lee Martin (Bobby). She fought a good fight, she ran the course, and she kept the faith! God knelt and whispered, “Come Home,” into the ear of His beloved angel. Mayme was called home on April 8, 2021. Celebration of Life Service for Mayme D. Martin will be 1:00 PM Friday, April 16, 2021, at the Church on 68 High Point, North Carolina, Pastor Whitman Toland.
She leaves a loving legacy to be forever cherished: sisters: Amanda O. Martin (Texas), Rhonda L. Boddy-Martin (Texas), and Oneida L. Martin( Tennessee); three children, Willamena A. Hymes (Tennessee), Kendra L. Campbell(Maryland), Deidra D. Campbell (Georgia); grandchildren, Russell, Sha’quisha (Ke-Ke), ShaNita (Ne-Ne), Kierra, KaBresha (Bre), Byron Jr., Kaitlyn (Kate), and ReAnn; nieces, Richelle (Chelle), Regina (Gina), Gail; and nephews William Davis and Jamel Welton; 13 great-grandchildren; other loving relatives and dear friends.
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