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Velma Jean Mullins Martin, 97

Velma Jean Mullins Martin, 97, formerly of the Polly Ann community of Eubank, died Aug. 19, 2020, in Louisville where she had resided at The Enclave (formerly Symphony) Memory Care for five years. She was born April 27, 1923, on Polly Ann Ridge to the late Walter and Nannie Hall Mullins. She is survived by her son Rev. Dr. Larry Kenneth (Joyce) Martin of Louisville; grandson Michael (Meridith) Martin and great-grandsons Morgan and Mercer Martin of Dallas, Texas; daughter-in-law Lorraine Fulcher Martin of Dallas, Texas; her youngest sister Zelma Mullins Messer (who was like a daughter to her and her husband) of Somerset. Other survivors include four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews, including a favorite niece Phyllis Mullins Sullivan who lived near the Martins. Her husband of 75 years, Arnold Kenneth Martin, preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2020. He, too, was 97 years old at the time of his death. A son, Leland Michael Martin, preceded her in death in 2012. Six brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. Before her retirement, Velma taught school for 35 years, beginning in a one-room school on Polly Ann Ridge, then spending most of the remaining years as a fifth grade teacher at Waynesburg Elementary School in Lincoln County. She and Kenneth lived on the same farm on Polly Ann Ridge for 66 years. She was a member of Eubank Baptist Church where she taught a women’s Sunday School class for many years. She and Kenneth were also charter members of Polly Ann Baptist Church. The family will receive guests at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11:00 to 12:00. A funeral service will follow at 12:00. Burial will be in the Piney Grove Cemetery in Mt. Olive in Casey County. The Rev. Dr. David Platt of Louisville and the Rev. Scott Hughes, pastor of Eubank Baptist Church, will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be given to Gideons International or Eubank Baptist Church. A special thanks to the professionals at The Enclave/Symphony Memory Care in Louisville for the excellent care they gave both Velma and Kenneth Martin. Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com