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Willie Jean (O'Rear) Martin


1931 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Willie Jean (O'Rear) Martin Obituary
Willie Jean Martin, 85, passed from this life, to go to her eternal home, Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 5 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1165 Minter Lane, Abilene with Gary Poynor and Omer Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel, directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Willie was born June 16, 1931 in Trent, Texas, the youngest child of Robert and Ruth (Neill) O'Rear. She married Bobby Gene Martin February 17, 1951 in Trent. They had a loving marriage for 59 years. Willie was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served on various committees and played piano for the Adult Senior Department. She enjoyed being a homemaker in her early years and later worked outside the home and found her niche as a gift buyer and department manager at Grissom's department store and later, Dunlap's in Abilene. She then became an entrepreneur, opening her own successful business, Big Country Gifts, Etc., Inc. and enjoyed meeting new people and working with the public until retirement to be home with her husband. Willie loved people and never met a stranger. She had a penchant for mischief and loved teasing with her friends and family.
Survivors include three daughters, Beverely Rogers of Baird, Linda Nichols of Corpus Christi, Kathy Pogue and husband Paul of Sweetwater; one sister, Mary Lou Haygood of Plainview; her grandchildren, Tammy King and husband Randy, Matthew Rogers and wife Julie, Shawn Nichols, and Heather Nichols; great grandchildren, Gage King, Lauren King, Rylan Rogers, Hunter Rogers, Olivia Nichols and Jewels Nichols; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bobby; brothers, Neill, Jimmie and Tommie O'Rear; sister, Elena Hoover; and son-in-law Marvin Rogers.
The family would like to thank Dr. Allen Schultz for his compassionate care over the years as well as the many nurses and aides that cared for her along the way. Willie will be missed by all who knew and loved her. We know she is in a better place with no pain or sorrow and that she knew her Savior Jesus Christ.
Memorials may be made to Merkel Cemetery Association, 201 Edwards, Merkel, Texas 79536.
You may view and sign the online guestbook at www.starbuckfuneralhome.com
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Sept. 4, 2016
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