Abdul R. (Ronald Martin) Ali
1949 - 2019
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Abdul R. Ali (Ronald Martin)

Departed this life on Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was born September 24, 1949 in Canton, Ohio, to the late Agatha and Horace Martin Sr. Abdul graduated from McKinley Senior High School. He also received his barber license from Akron Barber College. He graduated from Miami of Ohio University before joining the United States Air Force. Abdul retired from Canton City Fire Department as a firefighter. He was the first black firefighter for the city of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karen Ali, whom he married on November 19, 1983. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Dwayne, Horace Martin, Jr.; and his sister, Shirley Ransom.

Abdul leaves to cherish fond memories; his six children, Eben Gibson of Canton, Ohio, Monna Gibson of Copley, Ohio, Walida Gibson-Rogers of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rasheed (Jessica) AsSamad of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Akeem Abdul-Ali Brown of Canton, Ohio and Salahuddin (Tabbatha) Ali of Massillon, Ohio. Sisters, Donna (Polly) Martin and Brenda (Caldwell) Graves of Canton, Ohio. Brothers, Sherman Sr. (Barbara), Phillip (Rosie) and Paul (Janet) Martin; 18 grandchildren including four that he adopted, DiAutri, DiVanna, Jentri and Eben (Jamari) Gibson. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Abdul was a passionate man who enjoyed religious studies and spending time with his family. Abdul was an avid McKinley Bulldog, Ohio State and Cleveland Browns football fan.

A home going celebration will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Peoples Baptist Church, 701 17th Street SE, Canton, Ohio. Visitation at 9 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest at Union cemetery in Uhrichsville, Ohio. Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.

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Published in The Repository on Sep. 11, 2019.
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September 14, 2019
September 13, 2019
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Rashid M.Bey
September 11, 2019
completing YHWH's work
We were young married couples seeking a secure foundation for ourselves. Sis Karen Gibson-Ali and I drove daily to Akron Ohio from Canton as volunteers to home school the children in a central location. It was the beginning of self discovery. When we began to study historical perspectives from our own point of view as a particular people. Then we made concrete adjustments based upon our new understanding. We lived, we loved, we worked, we grew as individuals. Now Abdul Ali's life is a testimony of the unique journey he choose to share with mankind. Peaceful journey my brother in YHWH.
Ameerah Rasheedah ( Linda) Sultan (Swann-Massey)
September 11, 2019
To the Martin Family,
MY prayers & peace with each of you in the loss of your brother, father, and grandfather. Re-joy in the great memories he left with you.
Brenda L Johnson
September 11, 2019
We are sent forth by YHWH (Psalms 68:04). And to him we return.
Ameerah Rasheedah Sultan
September 11, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Sheilah Floyd(Crump) and Family
September 10, 2019
You & Your Family are in our thoughts and prayers, During this Difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

Shawn & Amanda Murphy
Shawn & Amanda Murphy
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