Dr. James “JD” Durham Martin Jr.

November 9, 1943 - March 2, 2022
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Taylors First Baptist Church
200 West Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687
Monday 3/7, 2:30 pm

A reception will be held after the service in the Fellowship Hall. 

Dr. James Durham Martin, Jr. “JD”, 78, devoted husband to Nancy Jean Martin, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Born in Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late James Durham and Betty Martin, Sr. JD and Nancy met while in the library at University of SouthContinue Reading

Cheryl Cruell left a message on April 19, 2022:
Our memories of him are long and sweet and deep. He loved us, encouraged us and walked along side of us. My most precious memory of JD (and there are many more) was our Atlanta mall trip. Nancy his wife, and my husband Jim went off together to shop and JD and I together and our infant son in the stroller that JD was pushing- out little African American baby and JD and me.... didn't matter to JD. That's only a small part of the kind of man he was and the life he lived. Heaven is fuller because he is Home, and we have less because he is gone. Never forgotten and we will see you again JD...We love you still.
Kaye Jordan Ward left a message on March 10, 2022:
Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear about JD. I know how close you were and know you now have a hole in your life. He was a good man who made the world a better place. Bill and I love you both like family. I am thinking about you and your family with love. Take care of yourself. Your OLD friend, Kaye Ward
Kim Hamel left a message on March 8, 2022:
It’s still hard to believe that I’m writing this. I had just talked with JD the week before about their new home under construction and the landscape project that was almost finished. I’m going miss him, that great ole’ southern accent and smile he often showed up at the office with. I know that many people feel the same… we lost a good one. Nancy, Jay and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss but thankful to know that you know where JD is and that you will see him again one day. Hugs and prayers to you all.
Joe & Tina Ballew left a message on March 8, 2022:
Nancy, we are heartbroken to have heard of JD’s passing. His devotion to his God, his work, and his family & friends was always evident, and it shone through his wonderful smile. We will always remember one of our favorite trips - the Alaskan cruise -which would never have happened if not for the two of you. Prayers of comfort & peace for you and all the family.
Kermit T. "Kerry" Gould, Jr. left a message on March 7, 2022:
Just wanted to share another story (or two). We were at Promise Keepers in Atlanta in 1996. The men from Taylors were all staying in the same motel. We met outside, and J.D. led us up the street to Denny's. We went in, sat down -- and sat there for about an hour before we were even waited on, much less served. Everyone started ragging on J.D. for leading us into such a purgatorial situation. Well sir, after we finally got served and finally ate, J.D. --having been a little perturbed perhaps at our ribbing, but taking responsibility as was his wont for his decision -- picked up the tab for all 25 - 30 of us men from TFBC. That was J.D. Martin, Jr. Another time, when J.D. and Nancy were my Single Adult Life Group leaders, we were scheduled to go on a retreat at The Cove. I was out of work at the time, and short on funds, but wanted to go. I mentioned this in Sunday School, and J.D. encouraged me to check into it anyway. When I went to SAM Scott Parkison, and told him my situation, Scott said, 'Someone has already come forward and said they would pay your way if you wanted to go." I don't know, but I strongly suspect that person was J.D. I've already shared a story about the MoMed trip J.D. led us on in 1995. Here's one from the local context. Not long after the present TFBC Sanctuary was completed, evangelist John Guest spoke one Sunday. The front lawn was still bare, dusty ground. He suggested that surely there were some men in the church who could afford to contribute to having the lawn sodded. Well, within a couple of weeks, J.D. had the Men On Mission and Promise Keepers men out there slinging sod, We covered the whole lawn, front and back, in one afternoon. J.D. and I were the last two men off the site that day, with me putting the pressure-washer up after cleaning off the side parking lot. While I don't know for sure, I again strongly suspect that it was J.D. Martin and his mentor, Russell C. Ashmore, Jr. who paid to have the sod delivered so that we me could have the privilege of slapping it down. That was my friend J.D., one of the best men beside my own father Kermit whom I have ever had the great opportunity to know. Nancy -- My thanks to you and J.D. for having been Single Adult Life Group leaders, and for giving me the opportunity to travel twice with you guys to Brasil (1995 & 1996) for volunteer construction mission work. While I don't know what it is like to be married as long as were you and J.D., and have three kids and umpteen grandkids, having lost my wife as you know this January 23, I know what it is like to loose a spouse. As my friend and our former associate pastor Barry Ellis once so wisely said," Kerry, sometimes life just sucks." Certainly we celebrate their lives. And the world, and my life is a better place for both my wife and for J.D. having been in it. But it is for the present at least and for the forseeable future, an emptier one as well. May God bless and keep us all. To Jay and Andy : Thank you for you sermon and remarks today. You both did J.D. proud. Macie -- Given the quality of the online tribute, and the fact that you were an English major at Furman, I suspect you were the author of that excellent piece. If not, you should have been. Dawn, I don't know you as well as I do the others. But know all of you guys that I know what it is like to loose a father (Kermit died in 9/17/1998) and the kind of hole that leaves in one's heart. So I will most definitely be keeping all of you folks -- Nancy, Dawn, Jay, Macie, Andy & Bill -- in my prayers. God bless you all -- KGjr
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Donna Webber left a message on March 7, 2022:
Nancy, I’m so sorry for your loss. We so looked forward to getting to chat with y’all in Hartness. Hugs and prayers.
Carolyn Foti left a message on March 7, 2022:
My condolences to the Martin family. It was my pleasure knowing Mr. Martin and I know he will be missed by his family.
Geri Wells left a message on March 7, 2022:
Nancy and family, I am so sorry for the loss you are experiencing at this time. JD was a Godly man, husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed. I have always been humbled by his dedication and service to the Lord. May God wrap you in his arms and give you comfort. Geri Wells
Glenda Hayes left a message on March 6, 2022:
Nancy and family, so sorry for your loss. God bless you for all the missons and work in which you participated. I cannot imagine your feelings of loss as you did so much together. May the Holy Spirit be very close to all of you. I will not be able to attend tomorrow since I have to pick up grandchidren from two schools..Jim plans to be there. Hugs from our hearts to yours.
Mike and Gail Futrell left a message on March 6, 2022:
Nancy and family. Gail and I loved JD so very much. It brought us great pleasure to look across the lagoon here in Isle of Palms and see you both there for a visit. We shared several great times together and will always remember those times. JD always had our community in his best interest and we all appreciate what he did for us. He taught me a lot about people and the love of God. For that I will be forever grateful. We will miss JD but his enthusiasm and friendship will live on forever in our hearts. Thanks JD...
Gloria Derrick Hallman left a message on March 6, 2022:
My deepest sympathy to Nancy and all the family. JD was an incredible man, loving, sharing and giving. I’ve known JD since the 7th grade and always enjoyed catching up with him at our ECHS events. Our Shamrocks will miss him greatly and will treasure the friendships we shared. May God bless each of you at this sad time.
Dennis Waldrop left a message on March 6, 2022:
I'm stunned and sad. I will miss this true gentleman and great friend. I knew J.D. through my involvements in both the construction and political world. He always had a big smile on his face that made everyone else in the room enjoy his presence. I regret that I hadn't seen him in a few years, but I will miss him greatly. May God bless his friends and family as they grieve his loss. I have no doubt that we'll see him in heaven.
Linda&James Shook left a message on March 6, 2022:
Our heartfelt sympathy go out to you and your family. With love and prayers. J.R. (Linda) Shook
Bob & Bebe Howell left a message on March 6, 2022:
We came to know JD when he and Nancy stopped by for a visit at Hartness, where they had started building a new home. Instantly, I was struck by what a kind and genuine person JD was. His love of family and life was clear. Soon, JD was leading a Men’s Bible Study here in Hartness. His love of Christ shines through and is infectious to those he encounters. We will miss you JD, but also comforted that you are with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 🙏
Dee Northgate Soda Shop left a message on March 6, 2022:
Nancy, I am so very sorry for your loss. JD was a kind, gentle man and always came through the door with a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dee Waters
Andy Nelson left a message on March 5, 2022:
Nancy (my other “Mom”), Dawn, Jay and Macie… where do I even begin? Gipsy Smith, a British evangelist, said that there are 5 gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Christian… and most never read the first 4. JD Martin lived the gospel and I am one who benefited by his sacrifice of love and time into those like me who were far from God. You all took me in when I was most unlovable back in high school and in college and JD spoke into my life like a father… like a mentor… he loved unlovable me and invested his time and words and life to speak into mine. He has done this for many in his life out of his love for Jesus… and I thank God for him and for your family. God was so good to pour his love and grace and mercy out through JD to me… and through your family. JD Martin is a mountain of a man in my life. After committing my life to following Jesus at age 20 in 1990, he and you would give me my first study bible. And I would wear it out in the years following on the first floor of the Clemson library and everywhere I went. Jay, we shared such a deep friendship then and for many years after college and I’m so thankful to this day for what God did and continues to do in our lives. JD was my other Dad. I called him “Dad.” He called me his son. I left Greenville many years ago and just returned a few years ago… my first stop was to go to Arbor and see Jay and JD and the family. I knew I could call JD at any moment and he would have moved earth and sky to help me and point me to Christ. He is home now… truly HOME… and experiencing now perfect happiness and joy in God. He loved Jesus and it showed throughout his life; a life of worship. I and we were all made better having JD Martin in our lives. I’ve been bathing you all in prayer and will continue. I love you and I celebrate with you a life well lived. -Andy
Rich Witowski left a message on March 5, 2022:
Nancy, please accept our condolences. It a pleasure serving on the PB board with JD. All that he did was in the best interest of the Association Sincerely Rich and Avis Witowski
Kermit T. (Kerry) Gould, Jr. left a message on March 5, 2022:
To Nancy, Jay, Dawn & Macie: -- Having lost my own dear wife Leeann just this January 23rd, and my father Kermit way back in Sept. 1998, I can empathize with you folks on all fronts with respect to the magnitude of your loss. -- J.D. was a powerful influence for good in my life -- and the life of everyone he touched -- whether via leading a Life Group or a mission trip to Brazil or a small men's group at Arbor, J.D. was a wonderful friend and mentor. I will sorely miss him.
Kermit T. "Kerry" Gould, Jr. left a message on March 5, 2022:
We were working at Situ Alberta Stewart outside of Forteleza, Brazil in 1995 when the motorgrader that J.D. or Russell Ashmore had hired got stuck in a brick-paved basketball court. All hands sprang on deck, but there was no budging the grader. She was stuck good. After several frustrating minutes, Jotta Day called time-out, and we went to the sidelines to pray. In about 15 minutes Brazilian Pastor Sanderval showed up driving his huge well-drilling rig. He had been on the way elsewhere, but the Spirit diverted him to our location. Sanderval hooked the rig to the grader, and pulled it right out. -- That type of thing was a common occurrence if you spent any time at all with J.D. Martin.
Patricia & Laurence Sturm left a message on March 5, 2022:
JD was an inspiration and was truly loved. He made our life here in Greenville so much better and he will be greatly missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Cindy Kerr left a message on March 5, 2022:
My thoughts and prayers go out to all you during this difficult time.
Tom Marchant left a message on March 5, 2022:
J.D. was a “man-for-all-seasons”. His ”hands on” efforts solved many issues. We worked on a number of projects together at Cliff Ridge at Caesar’s Head. My sympathy to the family. Tom Marchant III Pawleys Island, SC
Rob and Anne Little left a message on March 5, 2022:
Nancy, we are thinking of you and all of your extended family as we grieve along with you. JD’s passing has left a huge hole in both our hearts.
Rosalea Donahue left a message on March 5, 2022:
Denny and I are shocked beyond belief having learned of J.D.'s passing. Please accept our most sincere sympathy, Nancy. You and your family will carry your loss forever in your hearts but rely on your beautiful memories. Memory is one of God's greatest gifts to us. You as well as all of us who cherished you both as dear friends in Christ know that J.D. is still with us, but in a different dimension. Heaven is a heartbeat away. May he rest in peace, and may the peace of Jesus Christ bring you strength and consolation.
Mackey & Larry Robinson left a message on March 5, 2022:
Nancy, we are so sorry about J. D. passing. We have such fond memories of our times together at Clemson and he was so much fun and will be missed. Mackey & Larry Robinson
John R Hastings Sr left a message on March 5, 2022:
My condolences go out to all of JD's Family. I got to meet and know JD back in 2010-2013 during the revitalization of Main Street and Depot Street in Fountain Inn. He will definitely be missed by all of us in Fountain Inn.
Barbara J. Malone left a message on March 4, 2022:
I'm so sorry to hear this, Jay and Steffanie. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.
Rick and Kim Ebel left a message on March 4, 2022:
Our deepest sympathy for the Martin family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cathy Morgan Swaynghame left a message on March 4, 2022:
So sorry to read about JD's passing from this earth but glorify in his entrance into his eternal home. My mom, Shirley, worked for JD at Arbor and thought the world of him. Sadly to say, she left us on Jan. 25th so I feel your pain. May God bless you, Nancy and the kids, as he has me and Keith (my brother) with amazing memories.
Pam Snellings left a message on March 4, 2022:
My heart breaks for you. JD was a true servant. He loved people and they loved him. Praying for you all.
Todd Whitley left a message on March 4, 2022:
Prayers for Jay, Macie and all of J.D.'s family. JD was a great example of what it means to be a servant leader and leaves behind a great legacy
Greg Sisk left a message on March 4, 2022:
J.D. was a good and kind man. When you met with J. D., you knew he was a man of God. He greatly influenced my walk with Jesus and I will miss him. My prayers to Nancy and the entire Martin family.
Diane Welborn left a message on March 4, 2022:
I will never forget my week on the Amazon River with JD and Nancy on our mission trip
Mohammed Nasim left a message on March 4, 2022:
Our love and prayers are with the family. I admired JD so much and prayed for his mission work. He is in the arms of Jesus.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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