John B. Martin, Jr.

March 22, 2018

John B. Martin, Jr. peacefully entered his heavenly home on Thursday, March 22, 2018. John was born September 30, 1922 in Barnesville, NC. He was the child of wonderful Christian parents, Effie and Bunn Martin and the brother to a sister and three younger brothers.

At an early age, John moved to Fayetteville, NC. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years. He attended Western Carolina University and in 1947 married Dixie Livingston. They were blessed with two daughters, Anne and Kay.

John, who was with American Defender Life Insurance Company, moved the family to Charlotte in 1969. They joined First Baptist Church, where he was an active member and faithfully served as a deacon.

If one word could describe John, it would be the word ‘others’. He always put others first and was truly an unselfish man. His extended family was also important to him and he always looked forward to family reunions and seeing ‘his people’.

John is survived by Dixie, his wife of 70 years and his daughter, Kay Pippin and her husband, Bill. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Britt Vaden and his wife, Shannon, Hannah Gray and her husband, Peter, Grayson Pippin and his wife, Megan, Elizabeth Vaden and Mag Vaden; and five great-grandchildren who were so special to him. Son-in-law, Steve Vaden and his wife, Abbey, also survive him. John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. His precious daughter, Anne Vaden, preceded him to heaven.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will be held later in Fayetteville.

Memorials can be made to Missions at First Baptist Church Charlotte, 301 S. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28202 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte, P.O. Box 470408, Charlotte, NC 28247.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at

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  • Lloyd & Linda Burdick

    Dear Dixie and family - you are in our thoughts and prayers with the home going of John. May God wrap His loving arms around you.

  • Lib Hughston.

    What a gracious and caring man John was.
    I love you, Dixie

  • Kathy and Frank Tyndall

    We have such wonderful memories of you, John, and Anne from our years at FBC Charlotte. Please know that we are praying for you and your family, and we praise God that John is safe and secure in the arms of Jesus today. We love you.

  • Eunice and Bill Jordan

    Dixie, Thinking of you and your family during this time. You and John were two of my most special people when we were at FBC Charlotte. May God's peace and love surround you in the coming days and may the beautiful memories of your life together fill your hearts with joy. Love to you all.

  • Susan Walters

    What a beautiful example of Christ’s love your family showed us all these years. God bless. Susan Walters

  • Lessie Smith

    Dixie and Family,
    What a Loving man of God John was I will always remember his help and kindness he showed to my Daddy so many years ago what a blessing he was to my family, he was truly “Saint John”. My love and prayer are with your family during this time, May Jesus hold you in His loving arms in the days ahead.
    “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15

  • MaryBeth and Randy Merrell

    Our dearest Dixie and Kay.
    Our love goes out to you today as you start this journey with the loss of our beloved John.
    Only in the knowledge of his strong faith in Jesus Christ and the assurance that he now resides in Heaven is this loss made easier. Anne was there in Heaven waiting with open arms to welcome her daddy home.
    Our love and prayers go with you.
    Mary Beth & Randy Merrell

  • Don and Audrey Metcalfe

    John has been our families' guardian angel for many years. He and Don loved one another. John paved his way to heaven's open door by helping others. Dixie, we will continue to love you and hold you and your family in our prayers. We thank God for putting you in our lives.

  • Robert Robinson

    Dixie and family:

    John will be truly missed , as we always enjoyed his (and Don's) visits.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All the staff at BoJangles Cotswold


  • Mildred Posey, Steve, John. and Jeff

    Dixie and family, we are so sorry to know that you have lost John. We are so used to seeing you go by from work almost every day and to know that you are just down the street. I have grown a little older too now and do not move about anymore much anymore but I do think of you all often. I will always remember how very kind and nice you were to come to me and sing "I Come to the Garden" in my den when Nick died. That really meant so much to me and John was with you that day. Thank you for that.. Please know that we are thinking about all oy you and share your sorrow. The boys remember John's always being so friendly with them whener. He will be missed.

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