Paul “Tony” Martin

10/24/1963 – 12/20/2018

Obituary for Paul “Tony” Martin

Paul “Tony” Martin, 55, of Neosho passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at his home in Neosho, MO. He was born on October 24, 1963 in Weaubleau, MO the oldest of three sons to Charles Raymond and Naomi Bea (Gregg) Martin, who reside in Green Ridge, MO.

In 1986, in Las Vegas, NM, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Martinez. In 2002, in Stella, MO, he was united in marriage to Mary Carver.

Tony attended the La Monte Christian Church as a child and was baptized at the age of eleven by Brother Roy Smith. Tony was a mechanic by trade and ran his own shop outside of Neosho. He also worked for Hearns Automotive, in Neosho. Tony’s greatest love was music and spending time with his family. He played the french horn in the La Monte marching band and he played the bass guitar in the concert band. He went on to play with several bands as a bass player and played for the “Big Smitty Band” for several years. He also worked as a D.J. at many events and also set up the sound system and lighting for the bands. Tony loved people and never met a stranger from the time he was a child. He in turn was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents he is survived by three daughters, Paula Martin (Richard) of Las Vegas, NM, Michelle Martin (John) of Joplin, MO, and Josette Martin of Albuquerque, NM; eight grandchildren, John Lee, Jackson, Lyric, Aaliyah, Aries, Luciano, Noah, and Nyelli; two brothers, Roy Martin (Rose) of Green Ridge and Steve Martin (LeAnn) of Seneca, MO; six aunts; one uncle; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until service time at the chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Rea Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dan Hankins officiating.

Burial will be at Green Ridge Cemetery at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will he his cousins and all of his musician friends.

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14 years ago, Tony was running sound at the Kitchen Pass on an ‘Open Mic’ night. Being a musical “fledgling” I was scared. after I played a couple of songs nervously, my battery died, I was devastated and said to myself, “well maybe I should give up.” Tony got me another 9v battery and said, “You got a great sound, stop being nervous. You play for you, the crowd will respond to your energy; and don’t worry I will find our sweet spot on the soundboard.” So I played the next set and never gave up. He came over to my house, I went over and practiced at the shop… We’d talk out our ass about physics, nano-tech, politics, etc. And even though we may not always have seen ‘eye to eye’ we always parted with an “I love you brother” and a “Dammit we need to do this more often.” He was truly a great man and a cherished friend to many.
– Nathan S.
It’s been many years since I last saw Tony but I bet he was just as genuine and kind as he was in school. My heart breaks for your loss, he really was one of the good guys. I can’t attend the service, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.
– Rhonda Barton
Tony was a close friend of my brother Curtis. He was like a big brother to me in highschool . You will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers for all of his family.
– Dana Wetherell
We met in are younger years with aspirations of making a lasting friendship. As we got older our lives took different directions. But always knew that you were my brother from another mother and someday we will renew old acquaintance. Dearest sympathy to family and friends who truly knew him.
– Scott Bridges
Michelle, we are thinking of you and your family in your time of loss, Bill and Consuelo
– Bill Keyes

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