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: www.beckerandson.com
Becker & Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, was in charge of arrangements.