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MARTIN, MISSIONARY PAULINE "POLLY" - 83, entered her glorification August 17, 2013. She had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She graduated ETSU with a Bachelor of Science degree. This was followed with a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee; and the Master of Religious Education degree from the Carver School of Missions in Louisville, Kentucky. Before appointment to full-time missions work, she served as an elementary teacher in Greene County, Tennessee, and librarian at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She worked in the Cherokee Regional Library, Lafayette, Georgia. She was a summer missionary in Oregon under the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. Pauline was appointed a missionary by the Foreign Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in May 1955. Her primary place of service was Abeokuta, Nigeria, West Africa. She taught at the Baptist Women's College until the school was closed in 1988. At that time she taught Theological Education by Extension, Adult Literacy Education, Prison Ministry and Leper Ministry in the various leper settlements in Nigeria. She was heavily involved in the Association of Missions, keeping qualified men in the pulpits of the churches. She served in Nigeria for forty years. She was preceded in death by sisters, Alma Ruth Bruce and Mary Kate Castle; and her parents, Luke and Kate Shaw Martin. Pauline is survived by her brothers, J. Stanley Martin and his wife, Laura Fuson Martin, and Luke Martin, Jr., and wife, Flo Fuson Martin. Dr. (Nana) Kwame Boateng of Ghana, West Africa, is Pauline's adopted son. The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church. A celebration of life will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Marvin Cameron and Rev. Mitch Whisnant officiating. Interment will follow in Wills Cemetery in Hawkins County. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Special long-time friends include Lind Willett, the David DeVault family, the William Robinson family, and Betty Ewing among others. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the , Mid South Chapter, 207 N. Boone St., Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604, or First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660. Please visit to leave an on-line condolence for the family. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the family of Pauline Martin.

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 22, 2013
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