Jane Marlette Martin, 85, sang with the Sea Notes

Jane Marlette Martin

SOUTHPORT — Jane Marlette Martin, 85, died Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick near her home in Southport with her family by her side.

She was born Oct. 26, 1935, in Burlington to the late Goley and Virginia Horner Marlette. The family moved to High Point when Jane was two years old. She graduated from High Point High School in 1954 and from Woman’s College (now UNC-G) in 1957.

Jane was an elementary school teacher in public schools in Raleigh, High Point, and Guilford County; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Westchester Academy in High Point. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in High Point, Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, and Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport. Jane enjoyed singing in the choirs at those churches and singing with the Sea Notes in Southport. She enjoyed memberships in the Oak Island Art Guild, Southport Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Maritime Museum of Southport and the Brunswick County Democratic Party. She was a former member of the Junior Leagues of High Point and Little Rock, Arkansas. She retired from teaching June 1998 and moved to Southport.

Jane enjoyed being with her family, painting, singing, reading, gardening, playing bridge, and walking on the beach. She loved living at the coast and drove frequently to the waterfront in Southport to watch the ibises, up until several weeks before her death.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Virginia (Ginny) Martin Craft Fleming, and her husband, Michael, of Wake Forest; and son, Everette Lewis (Eddie) Martin Jr., and his wife, Melinda, of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Caroline Craft Merrill, and her husband, Cameron, Hallie Craft Farrell, and her husband, Kevin; Marlee Martin, and Trip Martin; great-grandchildren, Harper, Ellie, Max and Lucy Jane Merrill and Emmett and Isabelle Farrell; and two nieces and two nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Anne; and a niece.

Services for Jane will be held Friday, June 11, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m., then a reception in Murrow Hall at the church. Feel free to attend one or all three parts of Jane’s celebration of life!

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Coastal Land Trust, 131 Racine Drive, Suite 202, Wilmington, NC 28403; The Poverty Law Center; or to the church of one’s choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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