Wardell Martin 54, of Coffeyville, KS transitioned to Glory August 9, 2015.t
Born William Emmett Wardell Martin is the youngest child of eight. He was born August 19. 1960 to Herbert Martin Sr. and Willie Martin in Coffeyville, KS. He attended school in the Coffeyville public school system. He was proud to be a member of the 1978 graduating class of Field Kindley High School. As a child he enjoyed baseball, pool, home cooked meals and family time.
On July 30. 1994 he married Artonza Allen-Mitchell. To this union he became a father to Retta Mitchell, Schambra Mitchell, and Teruko Mitchell. Wardell Martin a man with a big heart, shared his life with so many as a mentor, friend, and father figure. He was proudly known as a father to Ja'amal O. Irving, Michael S. Jones, Retta Mitchell, Schambra Mitchell, Teruko Mitchell, Michellf Murry-Kimotho, and Quain Trice.
Wardell, the big little brother, was the youngest of eight siblings. Their father taught them harmony and gave each one a love for gospel music. He and his siblings exemplified some of the best musical talent within the community, known as the Martin Singers.
The sisblings consist of Joshlyn (Joshua) Franklin, Anitris Ladonna Dean, Warren (Erica) Dennis, Herbert (Harriett) Martin Jr., Carla (Aaron) Irving, Dianne Downing, Camellia (William) Jenkins, Michael Ransom, and nieces and nephews have added to the expansion of this family.
Wardell was employed by the following: Par-Mac, Royal Motors (Car Salesman), Flour Mill, Hardee's, Westco (Credit and Store Manager), Coffeyville Recreation Commission, Five Star Automotive (Sale Associate), Mission Funeral Services (Licensed Assistant Funeral Director), Hair & More (Sale Associate), and Community Barber.
Wardell always enjoyed playing games with anyone who was ready for the challenge. He boldly called himself "The Teacher". Therefore anytime Wardell lost a game he quickly insisted he was "The Teacher" and challenged the opponent to another game. While playing, Wardell would gain eye contact with a sweet smile. He would remind you over and over again and slowly say, tea-cher, tea-cher, tea-cher....... Wardell was an avid fan of Coffeyville Red Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, KC Royals, and LA Lakers. He enjoyed baseball and basketball and loved giving tips and coaching from the bleachers. He loved to travel and could navigate successfully in any city. Every city he visited he make new friends or crossed paths with an old friend.
At a young age he accepted Christ into his life. His God given gift for music gave him the unique ability to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit. He was very adamant about giving God the praise and would insist that the Saints get on their feet and praise God. Wardell enjoyed playing the drums and maintained the position for many years. He divided his talent between playing drums and singing. After singing in the choir for many years he accepted the position of Minister Of Music at First Church of Christ. He was a dedicated vocalist and had a unique powerful voice. He served as a Deacon for approximately eleven years, enjoyed Sunday School and inspired others to use their talents. He would often say "Let's Have Church " and sometimes "Come On, Get on Your Feet"!
Public Viewing at Mission Funeral Services 502 S. Union
Friday, August 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 15th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wake service Sunday, August 16th at 6 p.m. First Church of God in Christ located at 2802 W. 1st Street
A memorial table and picture slide show.
This will be a time for family and friends to share their brief expressions of love as well as condolences.
Monday, August 17th Homegoing Celebration at 11 a.m. First Church of God in Christ.
Family requested you wear Colors of Life