Georgia Martin

Published 1:13 pm Friday, June 15, 2018

Georgia Mae Bruns Martin was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Bogalusa. Her parents were the late George Jean Bruns and Lucille Rogers Bruns.

On Dec. 29, 1952, Georgia and Melvin Martin Jr., were united in holy matrimony. Georgia was a devoted wife and loving mother of two children, Marsha Kim Martin and Kenneth Wayne Martin. Mrs. Martin was a lifelong member of Thirkield United Methodist Church, where she was faithful servant and reared her children in the church. She served on several boards and committees, which included, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Administrative Board, and Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

She was a 1951 graduate of Central Memorial High School, where she was on the dance team. After graduation, she attended Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, where she graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education. Her belief in the power of education and learning lead her to further her education at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she graduated with her Masters in Education in 1971 and a Plus 30. She continued to take courses at Southeastern Louisiana University to further her education and other studies included Dillard University and the University of California at Berkley.

Over her esteemed 37-year career in public education in the Bogalusa City Schools, she served as an English, Social Studies, and Physical Education teacher to the children at Central Memorial High and Bogalusa Jr. High. She served in the position of Assistant Principal at Bogalusa Junior High. She was promoted to Supervisor of Personnel and Adult Education in June 1981. She retired as Supervisor of Personnel on July 1, 1994.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Martin Jr.; her parents, George Jean Bruns and Lucille Rogers Bruns; and five siblings Napoleon Bruns Sr., Otis Lang, Bernice Bruns Pittman, Irma Bruns Hill, and Gladys Bruns Sampson.

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, she passed away at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington. Affectionally known as “Mimi,” she will be lovingly remembered by her devoted children, including daughter, Marsha (Charles) Kim Spikes and son, Kenneth (Hildra) Wayne Martin, both of Bogalusa; nephew, Bruce Sampson of Bogalusa; six grandchildren, Kimberly Spikes Crum (Willie) of Atlanta, Ga., Daphne Martin Donaldson (Alvin) of Denham Springs, Leslie Spikes Harvey (Jabari) of Houston, Texas, Bridget Martin of Denham Springs, Kenneth Martin II (Jenay) of Denham Springs, and Trey Thomas of Bogalusa; one sister, Elmira Bruns Brown of Houston; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She had a special relationship with her nephew and godson, Bruce Sampson, that she helped rear; her nephew/brother, Napoleon Bruns II; her friend/daughter-in-love Willie “Toni” Breaux; and her cousin, Stanley Brown.

There will be a visitation Friday, June 22, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Thirkield United Methodist Church, located at 1108 Donnell St. in Bogalusa. There will be a family hour to follow, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The funeral service will be Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at Thirkield United Methodist Church. The Rev. Nolan Robinson will be officiating, and interment will follow in Duffy Memorial Gardens.

Cook-Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.