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James Ray “Bo” Martin, Jr. 62

James Ray “Bo” Martin, Jr. 62, of Jacksonville, Arkansas passed away on February 6, 2019.  He was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas on September 9, 1956 to the late James and Nira Martin. 

James was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.   He worked many years for CenturyLink telephone services in Jacksonville, 

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of more than 29 years, Tena Martin of the home, two sons; James Ray Martin III “Trey” of Pocahontas, and Randolph “Gaven” Martin of Jacksonville; a daughter Tracy Nicole Martin of Memphis, Tennessee, a brother; Rick Martin (Debby), a brother in-law Gary Wells; a sister in-law Beth Murphy (Aaron); two aunts Charlotte Spikes (Steve) of Pocahontas, and Carolyn Mann of Tempe AZ, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Per James request a private family service will be held at Baker Cemetery in Hardy Arkansas. 

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. 


  • carol blount Posted February 12, 2019 7:37 AM

    Tena and son, It makes my heart ache to know what you are going through. It’s so hard. Love you, both.

  • Tony Clarke Posted February 12, 2019 8:27 AM

    I remember the day Bo was introduced to the work group in Jacksonville , sounding just off the farm he had more common since than more people I know. He was alway good for a laugh, was always willing to lend a hand, and made work time more enjoyable.
    I am glad I got to know him . Sorry for your loss he was a good man.

  • Karen Coffman Posted February 12, 2019 8:32 AM

    You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

  • Pat Jones Posted February 12, 2019 8:49 AM

    Tena and family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Bo. He was always a delight to talk with. Love you and God Bless.

  • Sharon Cullum Posted February 12, 2019 9:11 AM

    Tena, I am so sorry. I’m praying that God will comfort you and your family as only He can.

  • Lelon and Jolynn Carter Posted February 12, 2019 9:39 AM

    Praying for you all, love and prayers always

  • Linda Slayton Posted February 12, 2019 11:40 AM

    We are sorry for your loss. Praying God will bring you comfort, peace, & strength. We love you.

  • Wanda Kay ( Martin ) De Jesus(Cousins) Posted February 12, 2019 3:41 PM

    So Sorry For Your Loss.Thoughts And Prayers Comfort And Peace For all who Loved Him.

  • Doug Martin Posted February 12, 2019 4:24 PM

    I am so very sorry to hear we have lost Jimmy. I have many fond memories of spending time with him and Ricky when we were kids. My deepest sympathies to all the family.

  • Charlotte Walker-Riley Posted February 12, 2019 6:14 PM

    Words are never adequate in moments like these Tena.
    My prayers are with you and your family.
    Love Marlo….aka Charlotte

  • darla pace martin Posted February 12, 2019 8:07 PM

    tena, so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your husband. but do know of the emptiness you are feeling now. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Teresa Elkins Posted February 13, 2019 7:01 AM

    I love you Tena!

  • Carolyn Mann Posted February 13, 2019 6:27 PM

    My most beloved and favorite nephew. Bo and my son were enough alike to be brothers. Bo’s mother Nira/my sister and I used to say that they got all their special smarts from our side of the family. When we got together it was a group of very tall people walking into a restaurant or whatever—no doubt that we all got those tall genes from the same ancestors. Please God help Bo on his journey into the after life; please help him to be delivered to a grand destination. Nira I hope you and Jim are waiting with open arms. Bo I love you now and forever. Tena and Gavin love you so much. That was visible with every encounter with you and other family members.

  • Jeffery Goings Posted February 14, 2019 7:26 PM

    Rena I am so sorry to hear of your loss may the good Lord be with you I love you

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