Archive | October 2, 2011

Sunday’s Obituary: Julian Endler "Lil Pete" Martin

     I discovered this obituary on my cousin Dennis Ellis’ fb page, and discovered that Julian E. Martin, known as “Lil Pete” is my 3rd cousin.  I wanted to give Julain tribute by posting his obituary on my blog.  I am so moved, amazed, and feel so blessed that searching and finding family has become easier.  I pray that one day I will be able to meet my family in North Carolina. 
     From Julian Martin’s Obituary, you can tell he was a talented individual.  I know that my new found family and his friends will miss him, and I pray for their grieving at this time. 

Upper Marlboro, MD — Julian Endler “Lil Pete” Martin passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.
Martin was born to Osborne A. and Jennettie Moore Martin in New Bern, N.C. on August 26, 1948.  He graduated from J.T. Barber High School in 1966. He was a 1969 alumnus of North Carolina Central University where he played football. Upon graduating from NCCU he was a 12th round draft choice for the Dallas Cowboys where he spent a brief time with the Cowboys.  NCCU inducted Martin into the NCCU Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Martin pursued in a career as education in the Trenton, North Carolina School System.
Then he moved to Maryland and began a career with the Safeway Stores that lasted for 40 years.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Teague Martin in June of 2009.  He is survived by his two daughters, Jillian Martin, Esq. of Chicago IL and JaKenna Martin of Upper Marlboro, MD and a Grandson, Devery Ballenger of Washington DC
He is survived by his four Siblings and their Spouses: Vernon A and Mary Martin , New Bern, NC; Raymond A. and Maxine Martin, Fayetteville, NC; Aaron (Big Pete) B, (NCCU 1964) and Lois M. Martin, Springdale, MD & Jacqueline A. and Valerion Hodges, Upper Marlboro, MD.
He is also survived by an Aunt in New Bern and an Aunt in New Bern Havelock NC as well as numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends in various Locations in the US.
The Wake is scheduled for Friday, September 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at JB Jenkins Funeral Home located at 7474 Landover Road, Hyattsville, MD 20785.
The A Walk to Remember” Homegoing Services will be held on Saturday, October 1st at Hemingway Memorial AME Church located at 6330 Gateway Boulevard, District Heights, Maryland 20748. The Pastor is Rev. Samuel E. Hayward III.  The final viewing will be from 10:00 am-11:00 am. The Homegoing Services will start at 11:00 am. The burial is at the Ft. Lincoln Cemetery and will be immediately after the Homegoing Services. 
Published by NCCU Metro DC Alumni Chapter on September 27, 2010 

Sympathy Saturday: Jane "Gilliam" Foreman

     Jane “Gilliam” Foreman was born in October of 1876 to my Great Great Grand-Parents Daniel & Hannah “Nelson” Gilliam in New Bern, North Carolina.  When Jane was approximately 2 years old the Gilliam family moved to Worcester, Massachusetts.  Her regular occupation was that of a servant for the Raymond family.
     Jane died of Fibroma of the Uterus (tumors) with Peritonitis at Worcester City Hospital.  John H. Foreman was her husband.  They had only been married since October 22, 1902 (2 1/2yrs).  They had no children.  The informant was her sister Mrs. A. Cully [Nora Ann Cully] who was my Great Grand Mother which would make Jane My Great Grand Aunt.
     Wow!  Jane died at the young age of 28 1/2 years.  I think about my Aunt Jane, and it saddens me to think that she did not get to live a full life.  She had no children and she had no decedents to carry her direct line.  The cause of death was a medical condition that many people today will not die from.  The medical field has come a long way, and I am so glad that we live in this time in history.
Jane Gilliam Foreman
Commonwealth of Massachusetts DC