John Stokes Martin Sr.

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John Stokes Martin Sr., passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Roswell. He was born on March 22, 1929 to Charles L. Martin Sr., and Ethel Cochran Martin in Fort Payne, Ala. John graduated from Sylacauga High School and received his B.S. from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). He earned a M.A. from the University of Alabama and an Ed.D. from Auburn University.
John began his career in 1951 as physics and chemistry teacher at Bessemer High School. From 1952-1954, he served in the Counter Intelligence Service of the U.S. Army. While in graduate school at Auburn University, he became the first science teacher on Alabama Educational Television. He continued his career in public education by serving as coordinator of Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools programs, as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for the Atlanta Public Schools and as Superintendent of Schools in Jackson, MS. In 1970, he returned to Auburn University as a graduate school professor in the College of Education. He felt his greatest professional achievement was his role in the peaceful integration of the public schools in Atlanta, GA and Jackson, Miss.
John was an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and actively participated in churches everywhere he lived.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, June Luttrell Martin; his children, Susan Patterson (Allen) of Auburn, Ala., John S. Martin Jr. (Jennifer), and Virginia Martin all of Cumming; grandchildren, Richard Patterson (Sierra), Robert Patterson, Olivia Martin, Andrea Martin, Elena Hall Konter (Tyler); and stepgrandson, Jason Lazarus.
He was proud of his great-grandson, Roan Davis Patterson; and his stepgreat-granddaughter, Mia Farr.
John is predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Charles L. Martin Jr., and Edward B. Martin; as well as his sisters, Virginia Brown, and Myrtee Land.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Ala., on Thursday, March 16, at 3 p.m. following a private graveside service at Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 143 E. Thach Ave., Auburn, AL 36830.
Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2017