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Jessie D. Martin of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, youngest child of Isaac and Rebecca (Rogers) Martin, was born March 27, 1930 at Kittle, Arkansas and passed away on December 27, 2020 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, Arkansas.

He was married on July 9, 1950 to Clara M. Pressley and to this union, three children were born.

Jessie served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Korean War.  He was a member of the Mammoth Spring VFW.

He owned and operated a barbershop in Mammoth Spring from 1955 to 1992.  He was an avid pool player and enjoyed untold hours around the pool tables at Fun & Friends Senior Center in Thayer, Missouri.  He also enjoyed building birdhouses and windmills and he gave a great number of them away.  He always treated everyone like he would want to be treated.

Survivors include his wife, Clara of the home; two daughters, Rhonda Martin of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Leah Ann Iaguessa (Tony) of Ash Grove, Missouri; granddaughter, Anisha Martin of Campbell, California; grandson, Joseph Iaguessa of Springfield, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; friends; and long-time friend, Travis Callahan of Springfield, Missouri.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Isaac and Rebecca Martin; son Roger; four brothers, Ernest, Junus, Boyd and Delmas; and five sisters, Ruby, Wilma, Zelna, Ima Lee and Faye.

Jessie loved his family and will be greatly missed.

Graveside services for Jessie D. Martin will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Brother Jared Russell officiating.

Burial will be on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Fun & Friends Senior Center at 100 Chestnut Street, Thayer, Missouri 65791 in memory of Jessie Martin.



  1. Hasseltine Goetting Coats
    December 29, 2020 @ 1:06 pm

    Jesse was a well loved and respected citizen of Mammoth for about as long as I remember and I am 80 yrs. old. He was the barber for all the men and boys in my family. He used to cut my first grandson’s hair when Richard was small and Richard loved to go to him. There are not a lot of Jesse’s generation left, but he will long be remembered fondly.


  2. Leta Smoot
    December 29, 2020 @ 4:54 pm

    Jesse was very much a part of the Mammoth Spring businesses when I was growing up, too. He cut my Daddy’s hair and my brother, Calvin’s. My husband, Jim, always got his hair cut there growing up and came back from Memphis to get it cut by Jesse. We will always remember him with a great fondness. He was such a good person and we loved talking to him.


  3. Joy Underwood
    December 29, 2020 @ 5:58 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jessie’s passing. He and Clara hold a special place in my heart.


  4. Pat Pressley
    December 30, 2020 @ 9:51 am

    Jessie was a man you wanted to be around. He had a great sense of humor and was easy to smile and joke with you. I will miss him greatly. Sincere condolences to Clara, Rhonda and Leah Ann.


  5. Kathy Keith & Bob Tacker
    December 30, 2020 @ 10:13 am

    Our hearts are broken. All our love to Clara and the Martin family. God bless.


  6. Deloris Bennett
    December 30, 2020 @ 10:32 am

    I thought the world of this couple. Rest In Peace, Jesse


  7. Rosemary Mainprize
    December 30, 2020 @ 6:50 pm

    Jesse and Clara were definitely favorites of ours at the Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Center. We certainly will miss Jesse playing pool with his friends and being with us with his great sense of humor.


  8. Betty Jones
    January 1, 2021 @ 9:24 pm

    The Clifton Martin family would like to extend our sympathies to Clara and family. Jessie Dean was Clifton’s cousin, who preceded him in death. Clifton’s wife, Mary Jane and three of his children, Curt Martin, Jo Wright and Betty Gail Jones live in Batesville. His daughter Alice Jones lives in Richardson, TX.


  9. Cindi Poulson
    January 2, 2021 @ 8:36 am

    Clara, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Jessie was a fine fella. Prayers for you and your family.


  10. Donna Keyes
    January 7, 2021 @ 1:03 pm

    Jessie was such a part of my childhood. He was known as a good man and somewhat a fixture of Mammoth Spring. I’m sure he probably cut daddy and Ronnie’s hair. Clara, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.


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