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James Robert Martin, age 60

James Robert Martin, 60, of Ward, AR passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2024. He was born in Little Rock, AR on February 7, 1964 to the late James L. Martin and Joyce L. Martin (Gordon). He is also preceded in death by his uncle Ashel Gordon which he thought the world of.

James is survived by his two children Chaz (Kristi) Martin of Austin and Seth Martin of Cabot; twin brother David Martin of Ward, siblings Stephen Martin of Jacksonville, Michelle Lafferty of Panama City, FL and Steven Lafferty of Conway; grandchildren Kamdyn, Dax and Blakely and many other family members and close friends.

James was a graduate of the Class of 1982 at Cabot High School. He became a Master Plumber in December of 1997 and owned his own business, Martin Plumbing.  He most recently worked with his oldest son, Chaz, at CM Plumbing. James loved to hunt with his family and friends, but turkey hunting was his all-time favorite. James spent every weekend for many years at the lake, loved camping and also loved hanging out under the “drinking tree” at his house with friends and family. If you knew James, you know he was always the life of the party. He had a good time no matter what he was doing and had a heart of gold. He was one-of-a-kind and left a mark on this town for sure.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 6-8 pm. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am. All services will be held at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, AR with burial to follow at Butlerville Cemetery.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at



  • LaFave Posted June 10, 2024 3:35 PM

    Many prayers for all that loved this one-of-a-kind man.

  • Tawnya Boyer Waymack Posted June 10, 2024 3:46 PM

    Such a great guy! He will be missed!!

  • Kevin and Carol Anderson Posted June 10, 2024 3:58 PM

    My husband, Kevin, and I enjoyed working with James Martin when he was the plumber for our home and garage. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Prayers for all who knew and cared about him.

  • Rick Dworshak Posted June 10, 2024 4:45 PM

    James was the best friend and neighbor you could ever want. He was always there to lend a hand no matter the project. We solved all the world’s problems at least 5,000 times under that “drinking tree”! My life will never be the same without him! He was like a brother to me. Only peace I can find right now is that someday I’ll here “COLD BEER” from the other side instead of accross the street. RIP my friend!💔🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Tina Lockhart Posted June 10, 2024 4:56 PM

    James was a great neighbor for the last 20 years. He will be greatly missed. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family. The Lockhart’s

  • Ronnie Dworshak Posted June 10, 2024 5:05 PM

    For the past 15-20 years every time I went to my brother Rick’s house I would get the chance to hang with Martin he was at every family gathering because he was like family what a fun guy to hang out with you couldn’t help but love him definitely won’t be the same over there RIP my friend 🙏

  • Jan Payne Posted June 10, 2024 6:56 PM

    He did the plumbing in my house.He also would come see to my mother in laws house to see Gary Gately and that was where I first met him.He made a mark on everybody who knew him.Sending prayers for his family and friends.

  • Lloyd Hammett Posted June 10, 2024 7:33 PM

    1st cousin are as close to brothers as it gets. We spent a lot of summers together. Eather at Grandmothers, Uncle Jim’s, or Uncle Ashel, or our house Do you know what happens when you put 3 Martins, 3 Selig’s & 2 Lafferty’s together in one house. Our parents did it. His mother and our mother are sisters. My grand daughter went over there to let her shot her first gun. There are so many stories that I could tell. I’ll see ya later.

  • Rodney & JoBeth Allison Posted June 10, 2024 7:47 PM

    James was I true close friend of us & my late brother we had some good times !! He will be missed so very much. We loved him. From his friends JoBeth & Rodney Allison

  • Lisa Vincent Posted June 10, 2024 9:08 PM

    Thoughts and prayers, he was a good man with a big heart, he will be missed

  • Renea Johnson Posted June 10, 2024 10:12 PM

    James was a good guy. He was one of a kind in his own way. I and the twins finished high school together. I am sending prayers up for his family.

  • Josh McClain Posted June 10, 2024 11:20 PM

    One of a Kind for sure and was always there for you!!! Also made one of the meanest breakfast you have ever ate if you had the chance to stay the night!!! He will never be forgotten in my family and will be missed dearly!! I hope there’s a few more turkeys left in heaven by the time I get there!!!

  • Robin Seymour (Walker) Posted June 11, 2024 12:19 AM

    i have known James for a long time. He was good friends with my father, Randy Walker. James was a great person and he will be missed dearly. Sending prayers to the family.

  • Arnold and Angie Taylor Posted June 11, 2024 9:00 AM

    James, you will be greatly missed by many. A life long friend we lost. Will never forget you and prayers going up for the fa.ily. until we meet again. We love you brother. Heart broken.

  • Dustin Horton Posted June 11, 2024 3:07 PM

    Snowball Arkansas was his home north. He was one of a kind and when I say one of a kind I mean it. He was my best friend and the best turkey hunter I’ve ever hunted with. We will go again when I get up there. I can’t hardly wait. Love you buddy.

  • Billy Brannon Posted June 11, 2024 4:59 PM

    James buddy you will be missed by me, praying for your family

  • Kelley Oglesby Posted June 12, 2024 11:36 AM

    I’m so sorry about James. He was a great friend. He will be forever missed. Love, hugs and prayers for his family as they navigate through this. Until we meet again. Fly High James.

  • Lyndel and Sue Dean Posted June 12, 2024 8:22 PM

    Sue and I first knew James as our next door neighbor. The Martin house, our next door neighbors, was always busy with teenagers coming and going. James was always an outgoing and friendly young man. Our consolations to the family
    during this difficult time.

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