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Our James Paul Martin, “Jimmy,” was born June 16, 1972, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Noemi Martin and the late Ernie C. Martin, Sr.

Jimmy was a member of the Bellville United Methodist Church where he was an active participant in the church choir, MYF, church camp, first as a camper, then as a counselor, and mission trips to Belize, as well as New Orleans, La.

He left behind many friends of all ages at this church years ago when he went to college and then into the workforce in the Metroplex – friends who never forget him and who will continue to love him.

Jimmy graduated from Bellville High School in 1990, as a member of the National Honor Society. He was editor of the school newspaper, The Hoofbeat, as well as an active member of the speech/drama club where he competed on many levels in UIL events and speech tournaments, and won numerous awards. Jimmy also performed in several Bellville Little Country Theater plays.

After high school, he was accepted to Baylor University.  He completed one year before transferring to Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.

Jimmy held various jobs including manager of the Texas Wesleyan Bookstore and the University of Dallas Bookstore, also Student Activities Director of Northwood University, Dallas, and at the time of his death, representative at ITT Technical Institute of Arlington, where he recruited students to pursue a career.  He was very loved and touched many lives at ITT Tech.

There was no sweeter, kinder, more loving and giving guy than our Jimmy.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and easily made others laugh.  Jimmy was so genuine and thoughtful.  It is going to be impossible to forget just how wonderful he was.

Jimmy died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.

He leaves behind his mother:  Noemi Martin, whom Jimmy used to always give soft, wet kisses on her eyelids; brother, Ernie; brother, Dennis and Christy and children: Katelyn, Cody, Korey, Cameron, Austin and Kyle who love their uncle so much; little sister: Charlie, whom he adored; brother-in-law:  Nick, and their children:  Reid, Grant and Brenna, who also love him like crazy; Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Candy, of Maryland; Uncles Ruben and Orlando and Aunts Neya, Lily, Nin and Gloria of Puerto Rico; Mayin of New York; cousins Eric, Efy, Alvin, Jenny, Orlandito, Frankie, Ivis, Koralyn, Linda, Nicky, Ruben, Bebo, Esther, Josue, Lulú, Felito as well as innumerable friends. 

“Jimmy, we love you, and we already miss you so much, but we KNOW that you are in the best place – in the presence of the Lord, and we hope you have already reunited with Daddy, Abuelita and Abuelito, Aunt Judith and Aunt Ana – and would you please pass this on to our Savior:  “Come soon Lord Jesus!” 

Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 with Pastor Amy Haralson and Pastor Wayne Martin, officiating from Bellville United Methodist Church.

Interment was in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville.

Pallbearers were Ernie Martin, Dennis Martin, Nick Wilson ,  Roger Krumrey, Jim Brenner   and Orlandito Morales.

Honorary pallbearers were Andy Pechacek, Ken Batson, Michael Macka and Phillip Brown.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, New York, N.Y.  10005-4001, 1-800-533-2873.

 Please visit our website  created in memory of  Jimmy at:

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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