Velma Jean Mullins Martin, 97, formerly of the Polly Ann community of Eubank,
died Aug. 19, 2020, in Louisville where she had resided at The Enclave (formerly
Symphony) Memory Care for five years. She was born April 27, 1923, on Polly Ann
Ridge to the late Walter and Nannie Hall Mullins. She is survived by her son Rev.
Dr. Larry Kenneth (Joyce) Martin of Louisville; grandson Michael (Meridith) Martin
and great-grandsons Morgan and Mercer Martin of Dallas, Texas; daughter-in-law
Lorraine Fulcher Martin of Dallas, Texas; her youngest sister Zelma Mullins
Messer (who was like a daughter to her and her husband) of Somerset. Other
survivors include four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law and a host of nieces
and nephews, including a favorite niece Phyllis Mullins Sullivan who lived near the
Martins. Her husband of 75 years, Arnold Kenneth Martin, preceded her in death
on Jan. 31, 2020. He, too, was 97 years old at the time of his death. A son, Leland
Michael Martin, preceded her in death in 2012. Six brothers and two sisters also
preceded her in death.
Before her retirement, Velma taught school for 35 years, beginning in a one-room
school on Polly Ann Ridge, then spending most of the remaining years as a fifthgrade teacher at Waynesburg Elementary School in Lincoln County. She and
Kenneth lived on the same farm on Polly Ann Ridge for 66 years. She was a
member of Eubank Baptist Church where she taught a women’s Sunday School
class for many years. She and Kenneth were also charter members of Polly Ann
The family will receive guests at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill on
Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11:00 to 12:00. A funeral service will follow at 12:00.
Burial will be in the Piney Grove Cemetery in Mt. Olive in Casey County. The Rev.
Dr. David Platt of Louisville and the Rev. Scott Hughes, pastor of Eubank Baptist
Church, will officiate. Expressions of sympathy may be given to Gideons
International or Eubank Baptist Church.
A special thanks to the professionals at The Enclave/Symphony Memory Care in
Louisville for the excellent care they gave both Velma and Kenneth Martin.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com