Mrs. Bessie Estelle Martin

Published 5:57pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Funeral service for Mrs. Bessie Estelle Martin, 95, of Goodwater, will be Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am at Liberty United Methodist Church. She will lie in-state for one hour prior to the service. Rev. Pete West will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hackneyville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Radney Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martin passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Chapman Healthcare Center. She was born on December 4, 1916 in Cleburne County, Alabama to James Wiley Stewart and Leola McCord Stewart. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for over 20 years. She was always happy and had a smile on her face. Mrs. Martin enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting and sewing, collecting bells, and cooking for her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Wynelle Thompson (Tommy) of Goodwater; son, Robert Martin of Goodwater; grandchildren, Timothy Glenn Thompson (Christy) of Alexander City and Sharon Hawk (Richard) of Murfreesboro, TN; great-grandchildren, Joshua Hawk, Katherine Hawk, John Palmer Hawk, and Brooke Ayers; brother, James Ivey Stewart of Alexander City; and special caretaker, Valerie Hart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vircho Martin; her parents; sister, Nellie Harris; and brothers, Henry Stewart, Curtis Stewart, Thomas J. Stewart, and Howell Stewart.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Chapman’s Nursing Home.

The family will accept flowers or contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family at Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.