James Dwayne Martin

January 14, 1944 – May 19, 2019

James Dwayne Martin, age 75, passed away on May 19, 2019, in Pittsburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at King Baptist Church in King.

Dwayne was born in the King community in Coryell County on Jan. 14, 1944, to the late James Emory Martin and Ruth Jeffries Martin. He attended schools in Gatesville from grades one to 10. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at King Baptist Church in July 1963 and graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Dwayne was the pastor of Lake Victor Baptist Church and Purmela Baptist Church in Coryell County during the time he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He later served on the board of Howard Payne University and was awarded an honorary doctorate.

After receiving his seminary degree, he worked at the State School for Boys in Gatesville, as an elementary teacher and caseworker and also as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the State Commission for the Blind in Waco.

Dwayne was the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Vernon, from 1973-1975; First Baptist Church of Sweetwater, 1975-1979; and First Baptist Church of Texas City, 1979 -1984. He was the director of the Human Welfare Coordinating Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas from 1984-1994, executive director of North Dallas Shared Ministries from 1994-1997, and vice president of Resource Services Inc., a Dallas company devoted to the stewardship and fundraising needs of churches, from 1997-2007.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents; sons, James Jeffries Martin and Richard Scott Martin; brother, Gayle Martin; and sisters, Irene Martin Ford and her husband, Bill, Mary Martin McCloy and her husband, Art.

He is survived by a sister, Dr. Verna Martin Peterson, of Houston; Bette Miller, the mother of their sons, of Pittsburg; five nieces and two nephews; and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the King Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 298, Gatesville, Texas 76528.

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