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Willie Jo "Mama Jo" Martin, 92, died Aug. 25, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born July 31, 1918, in the Sugg Community of Monroe County, she was a daughter of William H. White and Sally Sugg White Whitaker. She was a graduate of Hatley High School, where she was a star basketball player and the senior class president. Mrs. Martin was the senior quality control inspector for TIL/Longneckers, retiring in 1993. She was a faithful member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, having served on the Administrative Board, as president of the UMW, as a Sunday school teacher and a devoted prayer chain member. A loving and giving lady, she was an avid reader, enjoyed flower gardening and listening to Christian music. She loved her Lord, family and friends.
Services were at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with burial in New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Kirby Whitaker; husband, Durell Denley Martin; grandson, Duffy Ausbon; brother, James H. Moore; stepsister, Ann Whitaker Goodwin; and stepbrother, Kenneth Whitaker.