Joyce Marie Cole Martin

Published 5:01 pm Friday, October 11, 2019

Joyce Marie Cole Martin was born on February 8, 1943, to the union of the late Ras and Eula Cole.

She entered into her eternal resting place on October 8, 2019.

A lifetime of excellence in education was exemplified by successful foundational matriculation at Lincoln School in Port Arthur, followed by higher education in pursuit of specialization in Nursing and Education.

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After graduating from Prairie View A&M University, Joyce began her career in Education which gave her opportunities to impact classroom instruction, as well as Athletics, Future Teachers of America, the Lincoln High School Honeybees, Majorettes, Track & Tennis, & the Dequeen Elementary Roadrunners Drill Team.

Joyce also served diligently as a member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1960, the Matron Circle & Usher Board of First Sixth Street Baptist Church, the Usher Board of God First Ministries, the Learning Center Civic and Social Organization, Seaman’s Wives, & the Opti Ms. Bridge Club until her health failed.

Joyce was preceded in death by spouse, Harold Marquest Martin (Hammerhead), parents Ras & Eula Cole, and siblings Rufus Cole, John Douglas Cole Sr., Jessie Cole Sr. (Fannie), Luther David Cole Sr., Dora Cole Simpson, Elizabeth Cole Ellas (John), niece Darlene Morrow, nephews Charles Martin Jr., Claibon Simpson, Jessie Cole Jr., Luther David Cole Jr, and great-nephew Scharonn Le’Royce Cole.

Joyce is survived by children Harold Marquest Martin III, Kevin Martin, Karen Martin, Janice Martin, & Harold Cashmire (Tonji); brothers Leo Cole (Marjorie), & Reginald Cole; Aunts Ivory Morrow (the late Dempsey Morrow), Rose Robinson (the late Jeff Robinson), & Josephine Robinson (the late Joe Robinson); Sisters-in-law Lillie Cole, & Lou Ann Cole; Godchildren Sandra Ann Olaye, Willie Broussard Jr., Cindy Gunner, Elwyn Bradley, & Warren Moon; special cousins Ivory Lee Lotson & James Green, Sr.; and a host of beloved relatives and friends.

A wake will be held on Sunday October 13th from 6-8 pm at Hannah Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday October 14, at First Sixth Street Baptist Church in Port Arthur @ 10 am; Pastor Kalan Gardner, Officiant; Dr. Elijah Cole, Eulogist.

Burial will follow at Botley Cemetery in Kinder, Louisiana.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Hannah Funeral Home.