Funeral service for Ryan Andrew Martin Jr. was held November 30, 2020 in the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel, with Pastor Larry Martin officiating. Special music was provided by Bob Coleman.
Interment was held in the Martin Cemetery, Cherryville.
Pallbearers were Ryan “Andy” Martin, Zach “Danny” Martin, Timmy Martin, Frank Jenkins, Shawn Williams, Austin Reed, Josh Martin and Kamryn Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers were Shyann, MaryBeth, Jonathon, Desiree and Jordan.
Ryan was born March 25, 2014 in Rolla, to Ryan Sr. and Juanita Martin. He died November 22, 2020 at the age of six years.
Survivors include mother, Juanita Martin; Salem; father, Ryan Martin Sr. and wife Andrea of Cherryville; siblings, Shyann Mccullah, MaryBeth Mccullah, Jonathon Owen Chandler, Desiree Martin, and Jordan Martin; grandparents, James Martin Jr. and wife, Leslie of Cherryville; Carol Shanor, Salem; Ernie Pyatt and Deborah West, Salem; and Frank Jenkins and wife, Roni, Salem; great-grandmothers, Mary Martin and Bonnie Pyatt; aunts and uncles, Joe Martin and wife Chris, Josh Martin and wife Renee, Timmy Martin and wife Rachel, Danny Martin and wife Stephanie, Stacy Shanor, Elizabeth Gipson and husband David, and Trisha Champion and husband Conner; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Preceding him in death were grandfather, Herbert Shanor; great-grandparents, Clarence and Joan Callahan; Jim “Frog” Martin Sr.; Charles Pyatt; and Eric Pyatt.
Ryan was a kindergartener at William Lynch Elementary School, who enjoyed social studies. He loved loud noises and playing with cars, trucks and monster trucks. Watching cartoons and swimming were some of his favorite activities. Ryan enjoyed the outdoors and being in the woods.