James “Randy” Martin

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James Randal Martin, 68, of Many passed from this life on May 9, 2019, in Shreveport following a short battle with lung cancer.

Born July 14, 1950 to Estes and Minnie Martin in Many J.R. “Randy” Martin was a devoted family man, dedicated educator, avid woodworker, zealous bass fisherman, low bass vocalist, and master gardener. For four decades he served the Sabine Parish School Board as teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and board member. A longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church of Many, he loved singing in the choir, narrating cantatas with his signature baritone voice, and lending a hand in church landscaping.

To his family he was everything. He was the ultimate life partner, always ready to conquer the next challenge, fix the next problem, build the next project, and embark on the next journey. He was the quintessential big brother, a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen. He was Daddy, with never ending patience and understanding, always eager to participate and support, to encourage, and to remind that, “This too shall pass.” He was Grandaddy, who could fix/build/cook anything in the world and was always ready to bait the hook. He was Uncle Randy, with a bit of wisdom for every occasion and the ever-present willingness to help, whatever the need. Everyone’s favorite companion, he was a calming presence as well as a model of kindness, compassion, perseverance and courage.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Carolyn Napier Martin of Many; daughters and their families, Laura and Eric Davis, Kyle and Paige, of Baton Rouge and Heather Martin-Corpman and David Corpman, Aubrey, Fletcher, Micah, Rylan, and Kailey, of Red Oak, Texas; sisters and brother, Donna and Yonnie Masson of Cloutierville, Tommy and Carolyn Martin of Leesville, Debbie Trapp of Anacoco, Diane and Mike Phillips of Houston, Texas, and Tillie Martin of Rice, Virginia; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on May 18 at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Many, with visitation beginning at


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, Landscape Renovation Fund, PO Box 1210, Many, La, 71449.

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