Norman J. Martin, Sr

Norman J. Martin, Sr., 80, Oak Grove, Missouri passed away January 4, 2018 surround by his family at home. Graveside services with military honors will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.

Norman was born on January 19, 1937 in Cameo, West Virginia. H was born to the parents of Millard F. Martin & Hazel Ramsey Martin on January 19, 1937 in Cameo, West Virginia.  Norman was the second of seven children.  In 1955 at age 18, he joined the U.S. Navy, & was honorably discharged, after four years of service in 1959.  After leaving the Navy, he planted his roots in Kansas City, Missouri.

Norman started working at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in 1959, where he made the first batch of Mountain Dew in Kansas City, Missouri.  He eventually went to the Kansas City School of Watchmaking, and became a watchmaker at Montgomery Wards.  He then became a jeweler, and opened his own jewelry & watchmaking business in 1974.  His business was in Oak Grove, Missouri named “Martin’s Jewelry”.  He moved Martin’s Jewelry to Odessa, Missouri and retired from the business in 2001.

Norman was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Marlene; and two brothers Millard Fillmore Martin, Jr. and John L. Martin.  Survivors include: two sisters, Naomi Homen of Merced, California, Sheryl Britt and husband Charles, of Hamlin, West Virginia; a brother, Jay Martin, of Virginia; Norman’s children, son, Norman J. Martin, Jr. & his partner Paula, daughter, Sherri R. Emehiser, & her spouse Roger Emehiser; grandchildren, Beth Jeffries, & her spouse Derek Jeffries, Nema Martin, & her partner Zoron Hensley, Hannah Martin, and Joel Martin.  Niece Nancy Bender, and her husband Glenn Bender.  Numerous Nieces and Nephews in Missouri and West Virginia


  1. Lori Denise on January 6, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Sorry for your loss Sherri and Norman Jr

  2. Shelia Johnson on January 7, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Dave andJulia Morris and family on January 7, 2018 at 9:13 am

    So sorry to hear this news. Norman was a big part of our family .We met your family in 1982 when we moved to Oak Grove .My children considered him a grandpa.He was not only a family friend but part of our family.He wlli be greatly missed.

  4. Jimmy Keehler on January 7, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very good person and friend

  5. Karen (Dunkeson) Pyles on January 7, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers!

  6. Pam Samuels on January 7, 2018 at 10:44 am

    So sorry’to hear this. Was such a great guy. Prayers for the family.

  7. Pauline Moyer on January 7, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Norman, I am so sorry for your loss . You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. Lorena Morris on January 7, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Gone but never forgotten this world lost an awesome man but heaven gained an awesome Angel you will be dearly missed grandpa Norman

  9. Star on January 7, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Sherri and family. He was always kind to me and made beautiful jewelry.

  10. Ronald Daughtrey on January 7, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Prayers to the family sorry for your loss

  11. Debbie Rector on January 7, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry for your loss Sherri. God be with you.

  12. Elise Kutchko on January 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Sherri, I am sorry for your loss. your dad was a very sweet man.

  13. Barbara (Starbuck) Hayes on January 7, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear the news. Martin was a good guy! Prayers for his family.

  14. Patrick and Kimberly Ann Harwood. on January 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Our Deepest Condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with family.

  15. Rosrmarie and james gamm and family on January 7, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    So sorry for your lost he was a funny man an very kind as well. From the gamm family we are very sorry to hear. If you need anything please let us know

  16. Trish Lackey on January 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great man

  17. Natalie Kemp on January 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    So sorry for the family loss . Love you guys

  18. Sherrell Britt on January 15, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    My brother is where the roses will never fade, where the tree of life is blooming and the streets are paved with gold. No doubt he’s in heaven. I will always miss him here on earth. He was a man that would do anything for anyone.

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