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Melvin Martin

Melvin Ernest Martin, 80 of Mt. Olive, died on Monday, October 21, 2019, at 5:52 p.m., at Heritage Health of Staunton, Staunton, Ill.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1939, in St. Louis, to Claude Martin​ and the late Elsie Wolf​. He married Ellen  Joanne Askew on June 14, 1976​ at Bethel Baptist Church, Troy.​

​He attended schools in Belleville; and attended Bethel Baptist Church in Troy. He worked as a Security Guard in Cahokia and was a workaholic who loved craft, Western movies, horses and working at Fairmont​.

Survivors include his wife:  Ellen Joanne Martin, of Mt. Olive; three sons: Terry Martin of Hillsboro, Timmy Martin of Mt. Olive, and Benjamin Martin of Mt. Olive; two  Daughters:   Trina Martin of Mt. Olive, and Angela (Pete) Kirkham of Mt. Olive; one  Brother, Claude Martin of Belleville; one sister, Betty Ann (Mike) Parks of Belleville; three Granddaughters:  JoAnn Kirkham, Serenity Martin, Autumn Stagner; and two Grandsons:  Cole Hendrickson and  Zack Scoville; ​

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude & Elsie Wolf Martin; five brothers, Richard Sr., Robert, Donald, Richard Martin  Jr., and Jerry Koons; one sister, Carolyn Weller; and a step-mother, Josephine Robison Martin.

Visitation was held on Oct. 26 at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive. ​

A memorial  service was held on October 26 at the funeral home, with Rev. Tim Lewis officiating.

Memorials may be made to the family.​

Condolences may be expressed online at:​

Becker & Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, was in charge of arrangements.

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