James "Jim" MARTIN
MARTIN, James "Jim"

Jim passed away August 06, 2013 at his home in Valdosta, GA. He was employed by the Palm Beach County School Board for 38 years. He began his career as a teacher (Riviera Beach/Suncoast High School) ending his school center career as an assistant principal before moving to the county office. Mr. Martin was the first recipient of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship. Beginning a life time of service to many organizations serving not only his community but his church also. He is survived by his wife "J" of 48 years, Jeane; sons, James A. Martin "JJ", John (Ashlee) and six grandchildren; niece, Julie Martin Barrentine (Rex); nephew, Todd Martin and a host of cousins. A Mass of Special Intentions will be held Wednesday, August 6th at 12:05 PM at St. Anne's Catholic Church, West Palm Beach. You may visit the family immediately after service at the home of a dear friend - directions to house be given at the service.

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Published by The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014.
home of a dear friend
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St. Anne's Catholic Church
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Hello, my name is Pamela Hamrick Behrens and want to write about my favorite RBHS teacher, Mr. Martin. Please, dear family, know how greatly he influenced my life. I truly wish I had contacted him but now speak to all of you who love him. I became his drama student and he brought my talents in the arts alive. I and other students performed (for him) at Palm Beach Community College...I performed Saint Joan and wanted to make him proud.

I was from a broken home and Mr. Martin boosted my self esteem; believed in me and I gained confidence in my intellectual abilities.

I went on to earn a BS Ed in Language Arts (secondary ed, of course, just like him) then my MA from the University of Alabama. Thereafter, I taught English, British Lit, World Lit, and other English courses.

Please know I think of him today and want his family to know how appreciative of him I was and am. He was my mentor and rock during 64-66. I will see him one day and recall those days we spent together.

In Christian Love, Pamela Hamrick (Behrens)

I pray his family receives this message.
August 26, 2015
Jeane and Family Members,
I had heard that Jim passed away last year, but I could never find the obituary in the newspaper. I see you are having a service this Wednesday, but I will be in Orlando caring for my grandson while my daughter takes my granddaughter to college. I just want you to know that from me that Jim was a dedicated educator and a perfect gentleman. He was loved by all the teachers at Suncoast. With sincere sympathy, Kay Carnes( SHS 1989-2004)
Kay Carnes
August 3, 2014