In Memory of CD “Dugga” Martin
C.D. Martin, 88, of Selma died May 10, 2008 at Vaughan Regional Medical Center.
Services are scheduled for 11AM, Thursday, May 2008 at Graveside Ceremony with the Rev. James E. Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Miller Funeral Service. Survivors include brother, Fred Martin Sr.; nieces, Mabel Reddick; Jeanette (Johny) Moss of Selma, AL; Rosalyn (Clarence) Hatcher, Valdosta, Ga; and Alice Lee West of Selma, AL; nephews, Thomas Akons III, Clarence Mitchell, Malachi Martin Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, and Roy Mitchell, Detroit, MI. And great nephews.
Obituaries for Thursday, May 15, 2008, Selma Times Journal
Rest In Peace… On a sultry night in Selma, so hot the “skeeters” dropped from the sky and begged for a drop of water, my cousin Nile and I pondered over family stories. An incredible journey had begun, leading me from the muddy banks of Pig’s Eye to the backroads of Alabama to reconnect with family, and for the first time to look into eyes so like my own. Yet many questions remained unanswered. On a whim, Nile remembered our older cousin, “Dugga”. With excitment, Nile raced for the door. I panted in tow, dripping with sweat but eager for the adventure ahead. There was but a drip of gas in the tank as Nile sped down the narrow streets–in a town as small as Selma you can get pretty far on the last penny of gas. Many unseen events seemed to connect us, as small but important stitches in a family quilt we all shared–a quilt made of our memories, experiences and kindred connections. Nile and I arrived at Dugga’s house, he opened the door and with a smile said to Nile, “I was just thinking of you!”. Dugga invited us in, we sat knee to knee in his small living room while he patiently answered our questions, and told us stories of our family. I will always be thankful Dugga opened the door to us that night–a cousin he hadn’t seen in awhile, and a cousin he had just met. The stories he shared gave new energy to my work to create a family scrapbook, and in his passing, I hope we all realize how important it is to listen, to leave a legacy to the next generation and most of all–to find peace within our own families because after a person dies, it will be too late to look back and seek that lost connection.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”- Romans 12:15