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Wendell Martin transitioned from earth to heaven on Thursday February 23,  2017 in Stuart, FL.  He was a well-known educator in Saint Lucie and Martin Counties. Wendell was the First African American to head the guidance department at Indian River Community College in 1973.

 He opened the Stuart Chastain Campus in 1979 and became the First Dean of Minority Affairs in 1993.

 Mr.  Wendell Martin retired from Indian River Community College (Indian River State College) in 2005, and served as Grand Marshall at the graduation the same year.

 Wendell was also very active in his church, Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist where he served as a trustee and sang in the choir.  He will be missed by many in his Church and Community.

 He enjoyed music, sports, reading and traveling.

 Survivors include his wife, Linda King Martin of Jensen Beach, FL,  son, Renard “RJ”  Martin of Jensen Beach, FL; brother, Julian McKinley Martin Jr of Detroit, MI; sister,  Rosa M. Huzzie of LaGrange, GA and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in by his parents, Elease Russell Martin and Julian McKinley Martin Sr.

 In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that friends send memorial contributions to East Florida Primitive Baptist Association, “Living Legacy Campaign”,  Post Office Box  214,  Fort Pierce, FL  34954.

 Visitation will be held Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 3PM and the funeral service will begin a 4PM at Greater Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church, 2100 Avenue K, Fort Pierce.   A second homegoing service will be held 11AM, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at First Baptist Missionary Church, 204 Fannin Street, Lagrange, GA.  Burial will follow at Southview Cemetery, Lagrange, GA.

 


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  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stone Brothers Funeral Home
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    Mrs.Martin and Renard my heart goes out to you during this life changing experience. Mr. Martin changed so many lives through his wisdom and great dedication. May his legacy live on through you both. May you need anything, we are only a phone call away...Love the McCray Family.
    ~ Hope McCray   Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    Mrs.Martin and Renard my heart goes out to you during this life changing experience. Mr. Martin changed so many lives through his wisdom and great dedication. May his legacy live on through you both. May you need anything, we are only a phone call away...Love the McCray Family.
    ~ Hope McCray   Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    It was an honor and bless to have known our big brother (Wendell). He was truly a blessing in our life and we are going to miss him.
    ~ Jackie & Sarah Lee-Robinson   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Friday, February 24, 2017
    With Deepest Sympathy. Mr. Martin helped and encouraged a lot of us to continue our education, and he will truly be missed. He was also a strong Christian that really loved the Lord. We will continue to keep his family in prayer.
    ~ Robert & Mary Sandifer   Fort Pierce,, FL
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    To The Martin Family, My prayers and thoughts are with you doing this difficult time. Remember earth has no sorrows that heaven can not heal. I will continue to keep you in my prayers
    ~ Mrs. Emily Broxton & Family   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Sincere condolences and sympathy to Linda and family. May the God of comfort sustain you through this difficult time in the loss of your dear loved one. The time will sooner come when Jesus' promise at John 5 : 28, 29 will be fulfilled.
    ~ Deborah Ricks Evans   Ft. Pierce
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    God bless the entire Martin family! Wendell was a wonderful man and role model of the love that Christ wants us to have for one another. He will be truly missed!!! My prayers are for God's love to continue to comfort and keep the family in the days ahead.
    ~ Kenneth McCamey   LaGrange, GA
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    To Linda and Renard just know that we feel your loss deeply. You and Mr Martin were great God parents and to Nikki and always will be. Thank you all for being such an important part of her life. We will miss him. Love the Darden Family.
    ~ Diane Darden   Ft Pierce, FL
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    With deepest sympathy to Renard, your family and you. We will all miss Martin. He was a great help and very encouraging to me when I attend IRCC. God's blessings upon your family.
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. WENDELL HAS BEEN OUR FAMILY AND FRIEND AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
    ~ ANDRE' AND ANNETTE HAWKINS   PORT ST LUCIE, FL
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    Linda & Renard, Wendell was like a big brother to me and my siblings. I have so many beautiful memories of Thanksgiving dinners you and your family shared with our family. I remember how stressed I was when trying to plan my mothers birthday party, he said to calm down and he will take care of what ever I couldn't do. He will truly be missed!!! Much Love to you Sis!!
    ~ Patricia Lee-Brumsey   Fort Pierce, FL
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Linda and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. May the many memories you shared over the years comfort you in this difficult time. May God continue to send his comforter to you.
    ~ Evelyn W. Johnson   Decatur, GA
  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    To Linda and Renard just know that we feel your loss deeply. You and Mr Martin were great God parents and to Nikki and always will be. Thank you all for being such an important part of her life. We will miss him. Love the Darden Family.
    ~ Diane Darden   Ft Pierce, FL
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Linda, It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter and although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. Praying for God to comfort you during this difficult time.
    ~ Wonderful T. & Lois Monds, Sr.   Port Saint Lucie, FL
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Linda, please know that I will be praying for you, your son and your grandchildren that you will all find peace and comfort during this time. I know that God will answer our prayers. He answered mine.
    ~ Waydene Jackson   Mableton, GA
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Linda, please know that I will be praying for you, your son and your grandchildren that you will all find peace and comfort during this time. I know that God will answer our prayers. He answered mine.
    ~ Waydene Jackson   Mableton, GA
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Linda, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you.
    ~ Kim Waugh   Port St Lucie, FL
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Our deepest sympathy to the Martin Family. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God give you all the strength, comfort and peace you need as we all wait on better times ahead (Revelation 21: 3,4).
    ~ White Family
  • Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    Linda we pray you receive comfort from words, expressions of love and kindness, visits, etc. during this time of bereavement. Wendell was the first to call me "Genny B." He will always be remembered and I know you have many great memories. Our love is with you and your family.
    ~ F. Genell and Johnny Moses   Canton, MI
  • Thursday, March 02, 2017
    may God bring through I remember your husband I was in grammer school. he will be sadly miss. Evangelist Gloria Dawsey Cooper
  • Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    May God continue in His love for you during this difficult time... we love you
    ~ Calvin & Shirley Cobbs   Dothan, AL
  • Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    May God continue in His love for you during this difficult time... we love you
    ~ Calvin & Shirley Cobbs   Dothan, AL
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Mrs. Linda and Renard, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Mr. Martin was a pillar in our community, our family and our church. He will be missed. Love you all!! .... Tionca
    ~ Tionca Hudson   Atlanta, GA
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Our condolences go out to the family. Mr Martin was very encouraging to both of us at IRCC. I enjoyed working with him in the guidance office in 72 and 73. Please find comfort in reading 2 For 1:3,4.
    ~ Margaret & Ron Harry   Pt St Lucie, FL