Johnny Lewis “J.L.” Martin, 73, departed this life on Friday, September 16, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
J.L. was born on May 31, 1949, in Chattanooga, to the late Jerry Martin and the late Irene Mayweather. He graduated from Tyner High School and served in the Army Reserves for over 30 years. He was a member of the World’s Church of the Living God in Chattanooga.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Regina Flippin Martin; stepsons, Reginald Marshall and Kirby Marshall II; sisters, Jeanie Martin and Jerrell Dean Weaver; brother, Will Henry Mayweather.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Sara Wright (Kedrick); son, Jerald Martin; daughter-in-law, Roberta Marshall; grandchildren, Tiara Mitchell, Kirby Marshall III, Rebekah Wright, Rachel Wright, and Rose Wright; great-grandsons, Braden Jones and Orion Marshall; stepmother, Betty McKinley; sister, Marion France; former wife and mother of his children, Mary Martin; brother-in-law, Tommy Weaver; dear aunt, Lonnie May “Peanut” Tucker (James); and a host of other aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, other family members, and friends.
Public viewing will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home.
A funeral service will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at John P. Franklin Funeral Home. Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery.