Norma Ruffin Smith Martin

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Norma Ruffin Smith Martin, 84, died on June 17, 2016 at her home in Cullman where she had lived since fall of 2012. For the 50+ years prior to that she had lived and raised her children in Oxford along with her husband, Earl Reid Martin, who died in 1982. All who were privileged to know Norma knew her to be a woman of strong faith in God and service to others, from her many years as a teacher, to her civic and community involvements, to her years of varied church work and roles, including that of Sunday School teacher (Charity Class) and choir member of the 1st Baptist Church of Oxford. Norma was born on August 10, 1931 in Birmingham to parents, Paul E. and Winnie Ruffin Smith. She was predeceased by her husband Earl R. Martin, her parents, and her brother, Paul E. Smith Jr. She is survived by her children Patrick (Anne) Martin, of Panama City Beach, Fla., Susan Martin (Ernest) Hauk, of Cullman, Russell (Leigh) Martin, of Homewood; grandchildren, Bart (Edee) Barnett, of Houston, Texas, Bethany (Fred) Womack, of Panama City, Fla., Brynn (Chez) Dyas, of Denver, Colo., Rachael Martin, of Cullman, Chris Martin, of Panama City Beach, Fla., Claire (Clay) Brewster, of Birmingham and Samantha Hauk, of Cullman; great-grandchildren, Bayley Barnett, Ally and Andrew Womack, and Maggie and Mia Brewster; sisters, Winifred Alley, of Savannah, Ga. and Betty Bryan, of Cullman; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hardy; loving and devoted caregiver, Mary Blair, and a host of nieces, nephews and loyal friends. A funeral service will be held at 1st Baptist Church in Oxford on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. followed by a time of celebratory visitation and ice cream. The family requests that the friends arrive at the church at 1:45 p.m. Interment will follow in Oxford Municipal Cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Service will be led by Rev. Buddy Nelson and David Hodnett, Pastoral Assistant at 1st Presbyterian Church of Anniston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The City of Oxford Arts Council (PO Box 3383 Oxford, AL 36203) or the children's ministry of Seventh Street Baptist Church (708 7th St. SW, Cullman, AL 35055), where Norma found a church home during her time in Cullman. Norma's family also wants to thank nurses Jeremy Hogland and Lisa Wilhite of Gentiva Hospice for their kind and attentive care. Miller Funeral Home & Crematory Oxford, AL (256) 831-4611 A Brown Service Authorized Funeral Home Chosen #1 funeral home by the readers of The Anniston Star for 6 consecutive years.
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 19, 2016
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