Mrs. Sylvia's Story

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Funeral service for Sylvia Jean Loyd Martin will be held Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Abundant Life Tabernacle UPC with the Rev. Alonza Terry officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Methodist Church with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Surrounded by her family, Mrs. Martin, 62, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sylvia was educated in the Middleton School System. In 1971, she was transferred to the Lauderdale County School system in her senior year as part of the integration mandate. She began her collegiate studies at Alcorn State University. She completed her education at Phillips Junior College in New Orleans. After moving to Atlanta, she found immediate employment working as a tailor for Macy's. She tailored for many well-known public figures which included Louis Farrakhan, Deon Sanders, Aretha Franklin, and MC Hammer.

Sylvia was raised in a home surrounded by faith, hope, and love. At an early age, Sylvia experienced the presence of the Holy Ghost. On March 9, 1974, she united in Holy Matrimony to Ed Martin, Jr. The Lord blessed her to birth two sons, Ed (Sharn) and Marcus. She also raised a grandson, Marcus (M.J.) In 1991, Sylvia became a member of Solid Rock UPC under the leadership of Pastor Alonza Terry. She served faithfully as a hostess, choir member, and caterer. She thoroughly enjoyed the ladies bible studies and conferences. Solid Rock became a lifeline for her and her family. She is preceded in death by her father, Bishop L. R. Loyd and her husband, Ed Martin.

Sylvia was a strong and giving individual who was dedicated to taking care of others. She lived to cook and enjoyed cooking for those she loved. She was a uniquely talented seamstress who could visualize a garment, design a pattern, and execute the finished product. She developed patterns for her family, friends, and customers. She had a flair for style and fashion and was known by her customers for her professionalism and sense of perfection.

Sylvia will forever be cherished in the heart of her devoted mother, Alean Loyd; two sons, Ed Martin (Nicole) and Marcus Martin of Atlanta, GA; one step-son, Justin Thompson, of Memphis, TN; four grandchildren, Marcus MaShel, Jr. (MJ), Nina, Na'Ione, and Alexis; one brother, David Delane Loyd (Linda) of Meridian, MS; seven sisters, Dylean Davis (Jimmie), Jonesboro, LA; Verna McGrew, Arvella Loyd, Edith Ann Horner (Carey), all of Meridian; Vancheta Mitchell (Jerome) of Pushmataha, AL; Tonda Henry (Dave) of Atlanta, GA; Tiffany Hudnall (Reginald) of Meridian, MS; a loyal, dedicated niece, Jennifer Richardson of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Visitation at Free Gospel Temple will be held on Friday, July 14, from 6-7 p.m. and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Published on July 12, 2017
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