In memory of
Verdel L. Martin
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In memory of
Verdel L. Martin
October 10, 2016 Affectionately known as "My Dude, Dad, Pop and Gentle Giant", Verdel L. Martin's life of grace and humility touched many in a profound and lasting manner. Born on July 31, 1971 in Louisville, Mississippi, he was raised in Gulf Port, MS by his parents Willie Howard & Clara Jean Martin. A product of the Gulf Port City School District, he attended Gulf Port High School, where he was a member of the gifted program and excelled in many subjects, especially in math. He graduated with honors in May 1989. In December of 1994, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Upon graduation, Verdel was hired full-time by Southern Company as an Information Technology Professional in the IT Division in Gulf Port, MS. At Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Jackson, MS, Verdel was baptized in Jesus Name and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues according to Acts 2:38. He accepted a promotion with Southern Company and move to Birmingham, AL in 1998. He continued to work for Southern Company at the downtown headquarters and later at the Inverness location. In 2015, after several promotions, he became the Information Technology Manager with offices in Birmingham, as well as Atlanta, GA. After moving to Birmingham in 1998, Verdel's search for an Apostolic church home led him to Faith Apostolic Church where the honorable Bishop Heron Johnson was pastor. On June 5, 1999, Verdel and Robbie Denise Steele were forever united in holy matrimony. To this union, Jonathan David Martin (2002) and Kaitlyn Gwenneth Martin (2004) were born. Verdel and Robbie's seventeen year union was a beautiful love story that endured, sickness, health, mountain highs and valley lows, joy, laughter, passion, faithfulness and absolute love. Whether on the football field, basketball court, track or art class, Verdel always supported his children and looked for teachable moments. Simply, put Verdel loved his family Throughout his life Verdel served faithfully in several endeavors in the church as well as the community, including, Christian Education member and Youth Director, Training for Service Instructor, Video Ministry Director, FAC Engineer, as well as the National Society of Black Engineers, in addition to holding numerous certifications, awards, etc. in the area of Information Technology. Verdel was a big brother to so many, always willing to share wisdom, advice and lessons learned. He was an avid football fan, whether ringing the cow-bell for his Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday or cheering for his New Orleans Saints on Sunday after church. Verdel was an excellent chef and loved to travel whether seeing Alabama or Aruba. As a cancer survivor, Verdel favorite saying was Faith is knowing that God can and believing that God will. His favorite scripture was Psalms 91 and he was always willing to share God's word and how God healed his body so many times. On Monday evening, Oct. 10, 2016, Verdel received his completed healing and was called from labor to rest by our ever-loving God. He was surrounded by family and friends, including his pastor, District Elder Michael Bender and beloved first lady Betty J. Bender. Remaining to cherish his memories… his loving wife, Robbie, his adoring children, Jonathan David and Kaitlyn Gwenneth, parents Willie and Clara Martin, brothers Glen Martin, Christopher (Tara) Martin, Kenneth Martin, Bryant (Brandy) Brooks, Eric Steele, sisters Mateta Brooks, Chelcee Brooks and Floretta Steele, aunt, LaJoyce Miller, uncles Martin (Shirley) Chambers, Donald (Marsha) Garrett, Johnny Coleman, Andrew (Laura) Coleman, great grandmother Flora Cook, great aunt Doris Jackson, extended family Percy and Gloria Brooks and family, a host of nieces, nephews, and other young people who affectionately referred to him as Pop, all his FAC Youth Sunday School students, brothers and sisters from the video ministry, numerous brothers and sisters in Christ from far and near and his loving church family at Faith Apostolic Church. Visitation: Arrington Funeral Home, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 1-7pm Homegoing Victory Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 12:00 Noon, Faith Apostolic Church 2001 Cleburn Ave S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting your love be shown with a charitable contribution to: Regions Bank (any location) Account: Robbie D. Martin, 35244 on behalf of the Children of Verdel Martin. Arrington Funeral Home, Inc. Directing
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