Rev. Billy's Story
The Rev. Billy Martin, 77, longtime pastor of Guymon's First Assembly of God Church, went to be with his Lord on Sunday evening, Sept. 3, 2017, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Quandalia Froud Martin, of Guymon; son, Aaron Martin, of Guymon; granddaughter, Halle Martin; two sisters, Nina Maxine Martin, of Alma, Arkansas, and Lynda Brewer, of Arkoma, and a host of other relatives, friends and his church family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnita Martin; brother, Gene Martin, and parents, thr Rev. Jim and Elsie Martin.
William Riley (Billy) Martin was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and spent the majority of his younger life living in that area.
He and Quandalia Froud were united in marriage on June 1, 1960, in Grove.
He received his education from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, The University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, and Southwestern Bible College in Bethany.
The Rev. Martin traveled many years as an evangelist preaching many revivals, conventions, district councils and camp meetings throughout the United States as well as in Haiti, Jamaica and Canada. He had traveled to the country of Israel 48 times and has taken hundreds of ministers on trips to the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East and Europe.
The Rev. Martin had preached hundreds of funerals, weddings and baby dedications throughout the United States and several foreign countries as well as baptizing numerous people in water throughout America and even in the Jordan River.
He had administered the keynote address at several baccalaureates and had even judged short-sermon competitions for the General Council of the Assemblies of God organization.
As a proud Cherokee Indian, the Rev. Martin was honored to preach the All-Tribes Indian Camp Meeting in New Mexico. While pastoring in New Mexico, he served as an executive presbyter and in Oklahoma served as a presbyter over 23 churches in Section 11 of the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God.
He had pastored Assemblies of God churches in Commerce, Searcy, Arkansas, Union City, Tennessee, Bearden, Arkansas, Pauls Valley, McAlester, OK, Farmington, New Mexico, and Guymon. He also pioneered, built and pastored Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.
While pastoring in Union City, Tennessee, the Rev. Martin also was the early morning deejay for the local radio station and then drove to Martin, Tennessee each weekday evening to anchor the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. television news broadcasts.
In Oklahoma, along with ministering, he spent some time working various jobs such as an ambulance driver, a funeral home director and a delivery driver for Guys Potato Chips.
When he was 13 years old he played the electric lead guitar with a professional country band until he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 17 on Jan. 10, 1957. One week later, he began a lifelong commitment serving full time in the ministry for 60 years and never looked back.
There will be a time of visitation with the family on Wednesday evening, Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home, 122 NE 7th Street, in Guymon.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 804 NE 12th Street, in Guymon, officiated by the Rev. Frank Cargill, District Superintendent of the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester, officiated by the Rev. Warren Harkins. Services are under the care of Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Guymon First Assembly of God Missions Fund. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK. 73942.
Friends can sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com.
Published on September 6, 2017