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Wayne Edward Martin, 76, of Raleigh, Mississippi, passed peacefully to his eternal home on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home.  He was born on July 4, 1945, in Magee, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Raleigh, Mississippi, and on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until service time.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church. The burial will follow in Eastside Cemetery in Raleigh, Mississippi. Bro. Stevie Hand will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Magee is in charge of arrangements. (601) 849-5031

Biography of Wayne Martin – Written by his daughter, Lisa Ann Martin Spencer

My dad had an 8th grade education from White Oak school, but back then, an 8th grade education was equal to that of a high school or junior college education today.  Dad was no dummy.  He went to work at the age of 14, the same as most of his peers.  He worked in the chicken house business where he eventually learned the Electrical Trade.  Dad was always a hard worker. He never looked for an excuse NOT to WORK.  He was truly a “Jack of All Trades” and there were very few electrical or mechanical problems that dad couldn’t fix.

Dad played hard too, which cost him more than he realized.  He was married three times, which caused him to suffer the loss of the tender relationships with his children that he might have otherwise enjoyed.  Dad realized this later in life, but more importantly, he realized the true cause was a condition that is common to all humans:  SIN.

Dad knew he was a sinner and deserved nothing but hell and punishment.  BUT Dad also came to know something better:  He heard the gospel; how that Jesus Christ died for sinners, that he was buried and that He rose again the third day, triumphing over death.  My dad trusted in that gospel and believed that Jesus had died FOR HIM!

Over the course of the last few months of dad’s life, he expressed his regret in not knowing God and not knowing the saving grace of Jesus until later in life.  He regretted being unable to share the truth of the gospel with his children.  He said that his greatest desire was that his children be saved.

I hope those of you here today will hear this and understand this truth.  That there is no work that you can do to get to heaven, and there is no sin that you will commit that can separate you from the love of God, if you choose to believe the truth of the gospel, that Jesus DIED for YOU and me, and His blood paid our sin debt in full!

I have the comfort of knowing that my dad is in heaven with Christ right now, simply because he trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  I hope that you will trust Him too.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Gay Atwood Martin; parents, Gus Thomas Martin and Janie Bell Murray Martin; and one sister, Shirley Ruth Martin.

Survivors include three children, Lisa Spencer and husband, Eric, of Macon, Georgia; Waylon Martin and wife, Shelly, of Louin; and Courtney Jones of Taylorsville; two step-sons, Bobby Wayne Ainsworth and wife, Tammy, of Taylorsville; and Kent Ainsworth and wife Michelle, of Stringer; ten grandchildren, Leif Spencer of Georgia; Storm Spencer of Georgia; Rain Spencer of Georgia; Gus Spencer of Georgia; Janie-Belle Spencer of Georgia; Serenity Spencer of Georgia; Sidney Martin of Louin; Aubrey Martin of Louin; Cameron Walley of Taylorsville; Britney Jones of Taylorsville; one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rae Ballard; six step-grandchildren, Taylor James (Kody) of Stringer; Bobby Ward Ainsworth (Jailynn) of Taylorsville; Anna Ainsworth of Collins; Kennan Ainsworth of Collins; Chase Myrick of Stringer; AvaGrace Myrick of Stringer; five step-great-grandchildren, Hadley Ainsworth of Taylorsville; Holly Ainsworth of Taylorsville; Zak Ainsworth of Taylorsville; Kendry James of Stringer; Kenner James of Stringer; two siblings, Tommy Martin and wife, Nita, of Florence; and Debra Gail Martin of Raleigh; and a host of other family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be Danny Arender, Bobo Bowen, Wendell Frith, Larry Lambert, Billy Allen, and Butch Hamilton.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Wayne Kennedy and Cameron Walley.

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