Martha Burris Martin, 81, of Columbia, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at her residence.
She was born March 3, 1931, in Adair County, to the late Joseph Menden & Avis Tupman Barnes. She was member of Columbia Christian Church, serving on the Missions Committee for many years, was a member of the Adair Heritage Association, the Adair County Democratic Women’s Club and the Executive committee of the Adair Co. Democrat Party and was a member of the American Jersey Association. She graduated from Lindsey Wilson with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a retired Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor.
She was married to James Henry Burris, Jr., for 35 years, before his death in 1981 and he was the father of her children, Ben Burris & Rebecca Burris Nash & her children and grandchild, Mamie Nash, Joe Nash & Laila Nash.
In April 1993, Martha married Bro. Raymond Martin and embraced his children, Becky Hamm, Barbara (Gene) Grasham, Richard (Patty) Martin, Steve (Ann) Martin, David (Cathy) Martin and his 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
She is also survived by her brother, Charles (Barbara) Barnes of Columbia.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Evelyn Walker.
Funeral service – Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Columbia Christian Church with Bro. Terry White officiating
Burial in Columbia Cemetery
Visitation after 1:00 P.M. Thursday at Columbia Christian Church
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to either Columbia Christian Church, Homeplace on Green River or Lindsey Wilson College.
Casket Bearers: Richard L. Walker, Billy Walker, Bob Barnes, Dicky Walker, Harry Craycroft, Richard Martin, Steve Martin, Gene Grasham
Honorary: Elders of Columbia Christian Church
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements