James R. "Jim" Martin of Sherman, 69 year-old retired Johnson and
Johnson employee, passed away Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009 at Wilson
N. Jones Medical Center. Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, June 26, 2009
in the Hopkins Memorial Chapel at First United Methodist Church. Dr. Thomas
Peel of the church will officiate and the burial will follow in the veterans
section of West Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of
Waldo Funeral Home.
Jim was born August 31, 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of
Arthur Ray Martin and Thelma Anderson Martin. He was reared in Kansas City
where he attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1956.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force soon after graduation and received his
basic training at an air base in Kansas. He was later transferred to Perrin
Air Force Base in Sherman-Denison where he was stationed most of the time
until his honorable discharge in 1960. He began a forty year career with
the Johnson & Johnson Sherman plant when it opened in 1963, working
his way up to manager of the shipping and receiving department until his
retirement when the plant closed in 2003.
Jim enjoyed watching sports, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and
the Kansas City Royals. He also was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas
Rangers except when they played his Kansas City teams. He loved music and
enjoyed singing and simply hanging out with his friends. He was a "history
buff" who enjoyed learning history either by reading books or watching
the History Channel on television. He was a member of First United Methodist
Church in Sherman.
He is survived by three daughters, Pamela A. Klas and her husband
Steve of Van Alstyne, Patricia Demers and her husband Joseph and Cindy
Martin, all of Sherman; sister, Joann Vancleave of Overland Park, Kansas;
four grandchildren, Adrian Michael Demers and Olivia Katrina Demers of
Sherman, Jonathan Pratt and wife Brittney of Conroe, Texas and Justin Pratt
and wife Angie of Sherman; three step grandchildren, Jason Klas and wife
Jaime of Sherman, Jeremy Klas of Pottsboro and Joni Collier of Shreveport,
La.; also survived by two great greatchildren. He is preceded in death
by his father, Arthur Ray Martin, mother, Thelma Martin Baughman, a grandson,
Jared Paul Pratt in February of 2009, a brother, Edward Baughman and sister
Pallbearers will be Steve Klas, Jonathan Pratt, Justin Pratt, Jason
Klas, Joseph Demers and Adrian Demers. There is no family night scheduled.