Bobbie Jean Martin of Red Springs passed away at her home on April 12, 2020. Bobbie was born on a farm near Cleburne on June 12, 1931. She came to Red Springs after marrying her sweetheart AB Martin, Jr. on June 15, 1953 and eventually settled with him on the Martin family farm.
She was an active member of the Red Springs Church of Christ and after its closing, the Seymour Church of Christ. Bobbie had a lifelong love of reading the Bible and singing the praises of her Lord, which she did until the end. She loved people and was as forgiving a person as you are likely to find. For her, holding a grudge was next to impossible.
Bobbie loved fishing, horseback riding, hunting, traveling, meeting new people and playing cards and dominoes. She was a gracious hostess and you could never arrive too late to be included in dinner or supper, even if you dropped by unannounced. She had a special talent for drawing and painting but could do just about anything she put her mind to, and she possessed what seemed like boundless energy to help out with just about anything that needed to be done or anyone who needed assistance.
Bobbie was also author of a self-published autobiographical account from her childhood titled “To Fisher Store We Go”, as well as an article published in the September 1960 edition of Texas Game and Fish magazine about her encounter with a large coyote or wolf. Along with church hymns, she liked to sing old popular songs which would pop into her head from time to time, although she would be the first to tell you she couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with a lid on it.
She was a teacher at Seymour Elementary for many years and a one-time member of the Pink Ladies of Seymour Hospital, and she used to love joining her husband to call bingo at Seymour Nursing Home. She was a graduate of Abilene Christian College and Grand Prairie High School.
Bobbie Jean was preceded in death by her husband AB, her mother Ella Jordan, father De Marquis Walls and stepfather Carl Jordan, brother Dee Walls and grandson Enoch.
She is survived by her sister Charlsie Pritchard and brother James Neal Walls; daughters Cathy and husband Jay, Linda, Meg, Brandy and Tina and husband Steve; sons Dan and wife Jacquelyn, Ken and spouse David; grandchildren Sam and wife Erika, Debbie and husband Justin, Kehaulani, Michael, James, Chase, Jamie and husband Chris, KC and Travis; and great grandchildren Emma, Aurora, Jaelynn, Audrey and Bennett.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at the Henson Cemetery in Red Springs under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.